The Physical Education (PE) Department consists of ten full time specialists and one support staff (technician). The department is committed to maintaining and improving exceptional standards of performance in all areas of its work, including significant academic achievements. This is an exceptionally high achieving department with ambitions to become one of the best Departments for Sport and Physical Education in England.
The PE Department has a proud tradition of excellence both on and off the sports field. Academic performance has been consistently outstanding with GCSE and A-Level performance nationally recognised as outstanding. The department has recently introduced the BTEC Sport and Sports Leadership/Coaching courses to broaden the depth of provision in Key Stages 4 and 5. Provision at Key Stage 3 is far ranging and of a high standard throughout. Within the curriculum students are taught: Rugby (formal and tag/touch), Basketball, Football, Athletics, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Cross Country, HRF, Softball, Gymnastics, Core Skills and Weight Training.
Extra curricular performance has been outstanding in recent years. The department aims to achieve both excellence and inclusion through this programme. School sports teams have recorded no fewer than 3 National titles and consistently compete in the latter stages of national competitions. Our 6 priority sports are Rugby, Basketball, Football, Athletics, Cricket and Tennis. Former Rugby Union World Cup Winner Jason Leonard (OBE) is the ambassador of Ravens Wood Sport and over half the school are involved in the extra curricular programme, which includes sports such as Archery and Rock Climbing. Throughout the years, Ravens Wood students have received international honours in a number of different disciplines, including Athletics, Football and Gymnastics. Sports tours include Rugby (France/South Africa/Wales/Canada/New Zealand), Football (America/Spain) and Basketball (Canada/Spain).
The Department has a clear emphasis on the professional development of its teachers. Staff are fully involved in a performance monitoring/observation programme and partake in a range of professional training which has recently been lead by some of the country’s most renowned sports coaches and experts. Good practice is shared between staff and the department’s policies and practices are constantly renewed, with new strategies for effective teaching and learning implemented where appropriate.
On-site facilities are excellent and under a constant programme of renewal and expansion. We have a 3G Artificial Playing Surface for both Football and Rugby fixtures, 4 lane astroturf cricket nets, a renovated and re-equipped Fitness and Conditioning Centre, as well as 3 multi-use grass fields. The department works closely with all local secondary and primary schools to organise and run a large number of events to improve competition, as well as to improve transition from KS2-3.
PE teachers are expected to be highly competent, professional and committed to the department’s vision for exceptional performance. Whilst a specific sports specialism is an advantage, the department is built upon strong skills throughout the wide range of activities we cover. The high quality of the teaching is one of the main strengths of the department. The teachers are well prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject.
Mr N Freds
Head of Physical Education