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Sport & Physical Education

During their first PE lesson in Year 7 both boys and girls are assessed and set according to their sporting ability whether this is as a games player, an artistic performer or an all-rounder.

Students then follow a programme of study best suited to meeting their needs, developing their skills and gaining new experiences where they follow one sport in an option lesson whilst still rotating around a number of sports in their second lesson, giving the breadth that we still feel is important. The key stage 3 curriculum offers opportunities  for students to cover a range of sports such as Judo and Fencing to Water Polo and Volleyball as well as the more traditional sports such as Netball, Football, Cricket and Hockey.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 the students have the opportunity to choose a PE Pathway suited to their preferences and strengths where they will complete a level 2 qualification. In other areas of the curriculum students opt for a pathway that offers a variety of sports and activities which we hope will inspire and encourage the students so they are empowered to continue beyond their educational years here at Accrington Academy.


journey-btec-sportYour Child’s Journey in Sport and Physical Education

You can download this document to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they choose Sport and Physical Education.  


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We offer a very inclusive curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 where students experience a range of sports that include swimming, netball, football, basketball, rugby, fitness, dance, gymnastics, boxing, badminton and many more. Students work through 2 sports per half term giving them variety and the chance to experience a number of different sports that enable students to both explore and excel in areas that they enjoy. All students have 2 hours/lessons of PE each week.
Key Stage 4 offers a more personalised curriculum that also includes some students completing the level 2 BTEC or GCSE qualification during their core PE time. Within GCSE PE students have the opportunity to explore sports such as Judo and Climbing as part of their practical. Students also opt for a pathway that they focus on over the three years; as a result we have 100% participation.
We offer the BTEC Sport qualification for students that opt for PE/Sport as a Key Stage 4 option. This is a personalised course that is mainly practically based. Students find the course enjoyable and interesting, providing a diverse insight into sport. The qualification focuses on units such as Fitness and Exercise, Anatomy and Physiology, Practical sport and other units that we select depending on the interests of the group. These students are also identified as leaders and are given a range of leadership level 1 and umpiring/refereeing courses to complete alongside the 2 years course.
At Key Stage 5 we are currently running 2 BTEC Level 3 courses that are suited to the different cohorts of Year 1 and 2 students. Both courses offer a mixture of practical and theory units that help students develop their knowledge and understanding in different Units such as Sports Massage, Sports Psychology, Sports Coaching, Anatomy, Physiology and many more.
Students have the opportunity to attend a number of trips that support their learning and add to their sporting experience here at the Academy. Alongside this we also run A Level PE which requires students to have 2 sports to support them in their practical and coursework, along with the theory content that covers many different aspects of PE from Anatomy and Physiology to Fitness and the History of Sport.

Our enrichment programme is run each morning and evening with an open door policy during dinner time where the sports hall is free for students to let off some steam! We take part in all tournaments and competitions run across the district which means we have teams in the following sports:

  • Table Tennis U13 Team
  • Table Tennis U16 Team
  • Gymnastics – A&B Team
  • Badminton U14 Girls Team
  • Badminton U16 Girls Team
  • Badminton U14 Boys Team
  • Badminton U16 Boys Team
  • Netball  – Year 7 Team
  • Netball  – Year 8 Team
  • Netball  – Year 9 Team
  • Netball  – Year 10 Team
  • Netball – Year 11 Team
  • Football – Year 7 Team
  • Football – Year 8 Team
  • Football – Year 9 Team
  • Football – Year 10 Team
  • Football – Year 11 Team
  • Volleyball – Boys U15 Team
  • Swim Team – Years 7 & 8 and Years 9, 10 & 11
  • Cricket – U13s Team
  • Cricket – U15s Team
  • Rounders – Year 7 Team
  • Rounders – Year 8 Team
  • Rounders – Year 9 Team
  • Rounders – Year 10 Team
  • SEN U13 Football – Mixed Team
  • SEN Orienteering Key Stage 3  – Mixed Team

In addition students have access to the state of the art Fitness Suite that is situated in the heart of the PE department which is open 8.00am-8.30am Monday to Friday and 2.50pm-3.50pm Tuesday to Friday.

Sport Enrichment Programme

Sport Enrichment Programme

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