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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Physical Education

Welcome to the Blackfen School for Girls PE Department, a growing, energetic and exciting department  full of sporting talent.


• Offer every student a broad and balanced curriculum covering a range of physical activities

• Promote lifelong learning by making students aware of the benefits of participating in physical activity

• Develop every student's potential by providing suitable challenges and encouraging the pursuit of excellence

• Stimulate every student to become independent, hardworking and self-disciplined

• Enable every student with moral and ethical awareness: respect for others, fair play and sportsmanship

• Create a happy and caring environment which promotes the development of self-esteem, self-confidence & physical literacy


Teaching and Learning


During KS3 students experience a wide range of activities developing the skills needed to be successful over a period of time. The focus is developing confidence and physical literacy to enable successful participation for all. All lessons are practical.

During each year group, learning is delivered on a carousel to ensure all students experience the same or very similar curriculum based on the spaces available. Therefore each term may have a different activity to other groups, but by the end of the year all groups will have shared the same experiences. The only term this does not apply to is the last term during in which all pupils participate in Athletics and Striking and fielding games.


KS4 Awards:

At the end of year 9 students experience three different ways of performing and at this point decide how they would like to participate in PE in years 10 and 11. The curriculum is planned by the students themselves to ensure the activities suit their preferred participation style. There are three possible routes:

Sports/Dance Leadership Routes

The leadership route is designed for pupils who wish to take on the role of coach or leader and develop skill sin order to work with others to develop skill and participation. During KS4 students will have the opportunity to work with younger students from local primary schools, running coaching sessions and sports festivals.

In Brief:

Pupils gain the Sports/Dance Leaders award

For pupils who enjoy coaching and organising activities

Want to work with young people

Prefer to take on other roles involved in sport such as leader, organiser, referee, coach

Who are interested in coaching or teaching after leaving school.


Duke of Edinburgh Route

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, which recognises adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises. The programmes are at three progressive levels, which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To complete all three awards takes between one and four years, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday. There are around 300,000 participants enrolled annually, with the award expanding to 140 other countries.

 With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:


·         Volunteering: Undertaking service to individuals or the community.

·         Physical: Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

·         Skills: Developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

·         Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK

Expedition Section 

The Expedition Section is arguably the most exciting aspect of doing the Award.  The Award that you are enrolled on will determine how long your expedition will last and the location it will take place. 

·         Bronze: 2 days, 1 night camping

There will be two expeditions undertaken on each Award, a practice and a qualifier, along with a Navigation Training Day sometime beforehand.  The school will organize all expeditions and training.  

Clubs and Teams

We offer extra-curricular opportunities across a range of clubs and teams in the following sports:

  • Handball
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Athletics
  • Yoga
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Golf


Offer at Key Stage 4:

  • Students currently study BTEC Level 2 in Sport as an option
  • Success in this course can lead to studying BTEC Level 3 Sport
  • All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Awards and Certificates are graded in the same way.
  • Aimed at developing knowledge and understanding of physiology and anatomy by knowing the energy, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems