The PE department at The Catholic School strives to offer the pupils a rich and engaging curriculum, with a wide variety of activities available.
The Physical Education Department seeks to:
- Offer a varied programme designed to meet the needs of all students in order to discover and develop their talents.
- Assist in the development of the whole person by fostering a spirit of self - discipline, fair play, team-work and co-operation through understanding the capabilities and limitations of themselves and others.
- Promote a safe and healthy participation in a variety of sports that students may enjoy and continue through adult life
Assessment & Results
Pupils are assessed in both their PE and their games activity at the end of each 4 week unit of work. They also complete a theory exam based on knowledge and understanding of key concepts affecting performance which has been delivered practically in line with the GCSE specifications. Following their assessment students are given the opportunity to reflect on their progress, set themselves targets and also keep a record of the level attained in each subject.
GCSE /A level – pupils sit a formal exam every ½ term as we feel that this prepares them for the terminal exam, at the end of the year. Pupils are also assessed in their practical sports, at the end of the teaching block.
Sports day is a major event in the school calendar. The whole school is off timetable for the day and all pupils are encouraged to take part in at least one event. As well as the more traditional sports day events, we also have other events such as Tug of War and Boccia. Students also compete in their games activities in the Inter-Team competition. 6 Teams compete against each other to win points that add to their total for sports day! We also have a system of colours in school, to reward pupils who reach excel in individual sports. Colours are awarded for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, commitment and excellence. We also celebrate the successes of both our individuals and teams, at the Sports Award evening.
Netball is the main sport for the girls at Catholic High School which is played from September until the Easter term. There are teams from Year 7 up to Year 11. Throughout the year the teams play in a variety of friendly matches against other schools in the district. Some teams have also entered the Cheshire County School Netball Championships. Towards the Easter term netball culminates with the end of year Chester and District netball tournament where the teams can showcase their progress and ability from the year.
Girl’s football club runs every week giving all girls in all year groups a chance to come and practice their skills. Friendly matches against other schools are organised giving the teams a chance to gel together in preparation for the annual Chester & District Tournaments. For the past 3 years the teams have progressed through to the County Finals to represent Chester competing against 10 other regions. Girls Football at the school is going from strength to strength with our 6th form sports leaders helping out to coach the girls at practices and matches. Our girls have also been talent spotted at tournaments to join outside clubs to continue their development.
Trampolining is a fun, enjoyable way to keep fit and enjoy learning new skills. It is taught in lessons to all students, boys and girls in all years. Trampolining club runs every week giving students a chance to learn more advanced skills. GCSE and A level Trampolining club also helps students to prepare thoroughly for their practical examinations. A number of our A Level students are assessed in coaching Trampolining and give up their free time to come and coach the younger students at club every week. Our GCSE and A Level Trampolining grades are some of the highest in the County. Our A level students also impress the external moderators every year with one of our students becoming a model of best practice for Coaching for the exam board AQA.
Gymnastics is taught on the curriculum to year 7 & 8 students. There is also an extra-curricular club that takes place every week. 6th form sports leaders help to coach at the club giving younger students valuable time and expertise to improve their skills. Students who attend the gymnastics club practice for the annual Catholic High Gymnastics competition, from this competition around 10 gymnasts are selected to compete against all the other schools in the Chester District at the annual District competition. This competition is open to Year 7, 8 and 9 Students who demonstrate both team floor routines and individual vaults.
Basketball is played during Key Stage 3 & 4 at the school. Some students are also assessed at GCSE & A ‘Level depending on their competitive experience. Extra-curricular training runs in the winter season after October half-term through to the February half-term. Training is open to both boys and girls. As a school we compete in the Under 13 and Under 15 Chester & District Central Venue Tournaments during this period on a Wednesday evening. We host the Chester & District annual Year 6 and Year 7 basketball competition. This has always been an excellent opportunity for our Key Stage 4 & 5 students to assist the PE department as sports leaders, officials and the coaching of younger students. In previous years teams have been entered into the English Schools Cup, Ellesmere Port Central Venue tournaments and the Under 14s Cheshire Cup competition.
We have a 40 acre sports field including 3 full sized football, pitches and 2 junior pitches and a full size multi-surface astro-turf. Football is delivered to both boys and girls in Key Stages 3 & 4 and students are regularly assessed in both GCSE and A Level lessons as performers, coaches and officials. The boys have extra-curricular teams at every age group and compete in the Chester & District Cup, Chester & District League Competitions (5-a-side, 7-a-side and 8-a-side), Cheshire Cup and the National English Schools Cup.
Teams regularly get to district finals and our most recent success has been the Year 8 and Year 9 Boys being crowned as the Chester & District 8-a-side champions. We have numerous boys over recent years representing Wrexham, Chester, Chester & District school boys, Tranmere, Airbus, Stoke, Liverpool and Cheshire. We actively encourage our senior students to get their officiating qualifications and these students do get the opportunities to referee Key Stage 3 fixtures.
Athletics plays a major role in our schools summer sports curriculum and is delivered throughout all Key stage 3 lessons as well as being offered as a practical assessment option in both GCSE and A-Level PE practical performances.
Students are offered opportunities to develop skills in both track and field activities as part of the curriculum and as part of our extracurricular sports clubs.
The school also offers the opportunity to demonstrate their talents through intra and inter- school competition. All Years are represented at the Chester and District Athletics meeting held annually Deeside stadium, with a number of Athletes from all years progressing through to represent Cheshire.
We also compete in and host the district run indoor events and have progressed through to the regional finals in the previous 2 yrs.
Our intra school competition runs throughout the year in all sports and culminates in the whole school participating in and contributing to a sporting spectacular, The Chester Academy Olympics.
As part of our continued efforts to offer the greatest possible experiences for our entire students our ski course runs each year during the Easter holidays. It is open to all students from Yr8 upward and frequently attracts large numbers of students of all ability wishing to develop their current level of skiing or experiencing it for the first time. The ski course offers a multi-cultural experience for all who attend allowing the opportunity to immerse themselves in alpine life and appreciate the beauty of the Alps whilst making new friends in a fun and relaxed environment.
Over recent years the ski course has moved around different valleys in the Alps allowing opportunities each year to ski alternate resorts and a variety of diverse slopes and pistes from year to year. The areas range from the Ziller Valley, Skiwelt region, Kitzbuhl Serre Chevalier, in France.
Students ski for a minimum of 4 hours instructed skiing daily with the option at lunch to dine on the mountain in the alpine restaurants or picnic on the snow should the weather allow. In the evenings Apre ski activities are run for the students including 9 pin bowling, Disco, shopping trips and presentation evenings.
Many of our students who attend the ski course do so in consecutive years and this often enables them to use this as a practical option for GCSE and A-level PE as well as enabling the students to experience weather climates and geographical terrains studied as part of the geography curriculum.
This Ski course is a life changing experience for some of our students and to see them shine in such an environment and then grow as individuals a consequence of what they have experienced is real honour.
All boys take part in rugby during the first 2 terms. The sport is delivered within the curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and rugby training takes place for all year groups after school. Rugby has gone from strength to strength in recent years, gaining the England RFU Schools Development Award in 2011, recognising the excellent provision for rugby union within the school. Teams are fielded in all year groups, playing against the other local schools in block fixtures.
Many pupils have been nominated for representative honours with Cheshire RFU and many have gone on to be included in West Cheshire development squads, county squads and Sale Sharks School of Rugby.
Cricket is taught to all boys in key stage 3 and it is an option for key stage 4 pupils. The school has 2 artificial cricket pitches with the newest being funded by the Parents’ Association and an English Cricket Board grant in 2011.
We have cricket teams at under13 and under15 levels, playing fixtures during the summer term against the other Chester schools. Teams also represent the school in annual indoor cricket competitions and festivals in year 7 and year 9. Links with local clubs provide the perfect transition for students who wish to play regular cricket outside school.
Strong links with Cheshire Cricket Board have also provided opportunities for girls to participate in the sport through expert coaching from the local Cricket Development Officer Owen Williamson.
The Chester Catholic High School Rowing Club was officially launched in September 2014. We are excited by the prospect of having our own pupils taking part in Rowing, both in curriculum time and as an extra-curricular activity. We have a direct link with The Royal Chester Rowing Club, down on the River Dee and as a result, that is where our club is based. Pupils have a range of different experiences, from indoor Rowing to sculling in singles, doubles, quads and eventually they will row in an 8. Safety is paramount at the club and the pupils build up their skills in special safety boats with stabilizers on first, before progressing to the rather more unstable boats.
Examinations - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education
Staff: The PE department has 5 members of staff, each with their own specialisms:
Mrs Waites – Curriculum Leader of Learning - PE. BSc Sports Science 2:1 Hons and PGCE Physical Education University of Chester. 1st Class Dissertation in Sports Psychology – Published in the International Journal of Sports Psychology. Mrs Waites has been teaching at The Catholic High School since 2006, before this she was a Great Britain National squad Gymnast from the age of 12 – 18. Representing GB at the Junior World championships and junior European Championships held in Denmark. Mrs Waites lived at Lilleshall National sports Centre to commit to gymnastics training full time from age 15-18 and competed all over the world in various competitions, she also lived in Russia for 2 months aged 14. Mrs Waite’s Best achievement was becoming British Gymnastics Champion and European Bronze medallist in Denmark age 15, she now plays football and netball regularly and has a real passion for skiing.
Mr Cross – Assistant Head, (Hons) Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography – Loughborough University. PGCE Physical Education - Liverpool John Moore University Prior to joining The Catholic High School Mr Cross taught in the UK at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, St George of England High School, Bridgewater High School and more recently he was Head of PE at St Bede’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a varied sporting background having played professional cricket for Gloucestershire CCC and for Surrey CCC. He also played Minor County Cricket for Cheshire CCC for 10 seasons. Mr Cross has also played overseas cricket seasons in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He currently plays in The Liverpool Competition Premier League for Wallasey CC and he is a qualified ECB Level 2 coach. Mr Cross has also played club rugby for New Brighton RFC, Oldershaw RFC and Marist Albion RFC in New Zealand. He is also a qualified RFU Level 2 coach.
Mr Green – Head of GCSE PE/HOY 11 Studied a BA (combined honours) in Physical Education and Geography at York St John University completing a PGCE (Secondary PE) at Chester University and a PGCE in teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mountain Leaders Trained, Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and Alpine Ski Course Leader Qualified. GCSE Examiner for AQA (10 years). Currently still playing Cricket, Football and Rugby locally. Coaches at Mold Rugby Club. I love to escape to the Mountains of North Wales walking, recreational cycling and skiing in Europe when time permits.
Mr Rhodes – HOY 8. BA Hons – Physical Education with QTS, John Moors IM Marsh specialist PE college Represented school at all sports including; Rugby, Athletics and Football. Gymnast for 7 years. Attended the Trampolining centre of excellence in Gateshead aged 13-16yrs. Played County Rugby for Durham and played for Blaydon RFU aged between 13-18. Continues to play rugby locally, competes in a variety of sports for fun and a regular skier being a qualified Alpine Ski Course Leader.
Miss Tomley – 2ic PE and Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, Teacher of PE. 2:1 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Chester University. Represented school in a variety of sports including Netball, Rounders, Football, Hockey and Cricket. Competed in Swimming Gala’s all over Wales aged 11-15 and played County Netball for Shropshire aged 15-16. Gold Duke of Edinburgh award completed in 2013. Currently plays Netball and Rounders in Shropshire leagues.