Tollbar Academy’s emphasis on Physical Education is playing a major role in helping to keep students fit, active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amy Gowshall, Curriculum Leader for PE, said both physical and mental well-being are at the forefront of the Academy’s bid to ensure that its students remain as healthy as possible during the current crisis.
She explained: “Here at Tollbar Academy we are back in full swing. We have superb Sports facilities and have always focused heavily on PE and its health benefits, which have never been more important than now.
“The students are back taking part in Physical Education as much as they can. We know how important it is for mental well-being as well as the physical self, and that is what we have really pushed home.
“We have concentrated on health-related exercise in Athletics in the first half term. We have tried to do that to minimise the equipment we have been using, and we take sanitiser out onto the field with us. Students are fully aware of the expectations and they have really settled in well to Physical Education.
“As well as the practical side, we are also delivering some theory lessons about health-related exercise and social and mental well-being, and the students are really crossing over from their practical to their theory lessons very well.
“It is really great to be back at Tollbar Academy and back in the full swing of PE. All lessons are outside and it is really good to see the students out in the fresh air, working with their friends and getting back into the full swing of lessons and being taught again.”
Caroline Yates, Principal of Tollbar Academy, said: "We firmly believe that pro-actively supporting students to keep fit, educating them about healthy lifestyles and encouraging sporting participation will contribute to their achieving excellent academic outcomes and maintaining good mental health. "
Tollbar Academy also has a new PE kit. Pictured in their new kits are (l-r) Jack Walton and Elizabeth Williams.
Harriet Price takes part in Inter-House Athletics on the Academy field.
Inter-House Rounders. Isabella Owen in action.
Keeping students active also promotes positivity and good mental health. Pictured in the foreground are Finley Nicklin (left) and Jacob Goodall (right).
Students take part in lots of different PE activities.(Above and below.)