Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education plays an integral part in academy life at Tollbar Academy. Students have the opportunity to develop their physical capabilities in a wide range of sports and physical activities. As well as honing physical talents pupils are encouraged to develop personal skills such as communication and teamwork. For students with a keen interest in sport we offer GCSE, BTEC and A level qualifications to enable them to further enhance their knowledge.

Please take the time to explore these pages, to learn more about what our Physical Education department has to offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To educate students through all areas of the national curriculum.
  • To improve communication, teamwork and problem solving skills through working with others.
  • Encourage students to reach their potential by offering challenging targets and guidance in every lesson.
  • Enhance self-esteem by encouraging students to take additional responsibility in lesson for coaching and officiating their peers.
  • Use our excellent resources to stimulate student development by offering a range of activities.

The Physical Education department strives to enhance the development of students at Tollbar Academy by "educating through the physical". We encourage students to express themselves both individually and collectively in a variety of sporting activities. Students are not only taught about physical development but develop inter-personal skills and their ability to work alongside others.

Knowledge & Skills

Students who chose an exam based qualification in Physical Education will acquire and develop knowledge of various issues which influence sporting performance. Topic areas covered include:

Students will:

  • develop skills in all 6 areas of the national curriculum
  • Be encouraged to link together skills and ideas
  • Perform skills with accuracy and consistency
  • Understand how to prepare the body for exercise
  • Work with others to achieve a common goal
  • Develop knowledge of tactics and strategies in a variety of sports
  • Improve performance of others

Those who choose GCSE Physical Education will also acquire knowledge in the following areas:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being

Resources & Facilities

Tollbar Academy is extremely well equipped to comprehensively meet the curriculum area demands of Physical Education. The facilities we offer are the envy of other establishments and allow students to be taught a range of activities. Currently we have a large sports hall which holds 5 badminton courts. It also houses a full size basketball court which has allowed the academy to compete at national level. Other indoor facilities include 2 multi-purpose gymnasiums which allow activities such as aerobics, table tennis, gymnastics and dance to be taught on the curriculum.

In November 2011 British Olympian Dean Macey opened the Academy's new state of the art fitness suite. At a cost of £250,000 the facility enables pupils to understand the benefits of exercise in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The fitness suite caters for all users allowing students to carry out their own personal fitness programme whatever their gender, sporting background or fitness goals are. The suite has 10 cross-trainers and 8 rowing machines allowing users to develop aerobic fitness throughout the year. Those looking to develop muscular strength or improve muscle tone have a variety of weight machines to work all areas of the body. There is also a comprehensive collection of free weights and toning weights as well as a floor area where pupils can develop core strength.

Our outdoor facilities are also of a high standard and allow students to experience all areas of the curriculum. One such facility is the team building area which allows Outdoor and Adventurous Activities to be taught in an innovative and stimulating environment. The various obstacles and challenges within this facility allow students to work in groups to develop their inter-personal skills. The most recent improvements have seen the re-surfacing of our netball and tennis courts which allow these activities to be carried out in superb surroundings. Other outdoor facilities available are:

  • 2 high quality football pitches with box goals
  • 2 full size football pitches
  • 1 full size rugby pitch
  • 3 outdoor basketball courts
  • 8 tennis courts
  • Team Building Area
  • 2 cricket squares

With plans to further improve the sporting facilities available at Tollbar Academy it is clearly an exciting time which promises continued high class facilities in the future.

Courses & Qualifications

Lower Secondary:

Students follow the national curriculum in Physical Education. This involves covering a wide range of activities which includes football; rugby; tennis; gymnastics; dance; health related fitness; netball; rounders; badminton; basketball; athletics; cricket; softball, cheerleading, aerobics, outdoor and adventurous activities and cross-country.

Upper Secondary (Core):

Students continue to follow the curriculum and cover the activities from Key Stage 3 at a more advanced level. Students at Tollbar have the opportunity to further their knowledge of factors influencing sporting performance as we offer a range of sports based qualifications. The courses offered at the Academy are:

Upper Secondary (GCSE):

Those who choose Physical Education at GCSE will be timetabled 3 additional lessons per week. Students will have the opportunity to achieve a GCSE in Physical Education (AQA).

Upper Secondary (BTEC):

Students studying BTEC First Level 2 Award in Sport will be timetabled 3 additional lessons per week. This award is the equivalent to one GCSE.

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form (A Level):

Current Tollbar Academy sixth form students have the opportunity to study Physical Education at A Level (AQA).

In the Physical Education department we also play a prominent role in assisting pupils with a variety of sporting opportunities during their free periods.

Learning Outside The Classroom

At Tollbar Academy, sport plays an integral part in academy life and allows students to experience competitive sport in a fun environment. We have teams in a variety of sports which compete in local competitions on a regular basis. As well as offering the traditional school sports such as football, rugby and netball we are diversifying the after-school clubs we offer in order to cater for all. Recent additions to the after-school club rota include athletics, cheerleading, dance, cross country, tennis, rounders and multi-gym club. All are encouraged to attend after-school clubs regardless of their ability or experience and it is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. As well as competing locally Tollbar is also competing at national level and our teams are often found competing at the latter stages of these events. Recently the academy has enjoyed real success in national competitions in football, badminton and basketball.

In addition to the extensive range of school teams and practices there are also numerous inter-house sport competitions in which students can enter. These competitions allow students to experience competitive sport by representing their house group in an organised competition. The competitions have proved a real success and students have turned out in their numbers in all activities. For those who enjoy team sports there are inter-house competitions in football, netball, basketball, badminton and rounders. Other inter-house events include cross-country and dance. One of the highlights of the school sporting calendar is the school sports day. This is again run as an inter-house event where students represent their house with all competitors contributing to their overall house total. Last year well over 700 students competed in what was a truly memorable event.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

We pride ourselves in not only developing the physical skills of our students but developing personal qualities that will aid them when they leave Tollbar Academy. They experience working with others to achieve a common goal while learning about the body and the importance of exercise. The skills and knowledge we hope to develop are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Knowledge of Health and Fitness
  • Literacy and Numeracy

By offering nationally recognised qualifications in Physical Education and Sport to students we also give them the first step to a variety of higher education courses and possible careers. Having completed a GCSE in Physical Education or BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport students can go on to:

  • Study Physical Education at A Level at Tollbar Academy (providing entry requirements are met)
  • Study Physical Education or Sports Studies in Higher Education
  • Numerous university degrees and Masters courses including Sport, Science, Teaching (PE) and Physiotherapy
  • A career in teaching, physiotherapy, sport science, sports coaching, personal training, biomechanics, sport psychology and nutrition.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Stephen Moon

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David J Hampson