Arrangements for PE lessons

On behalf of the PE Department, I would like to confirm that lessons will resume for all year groups in September. As staff, we are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to what we believe is a vital area of the curriculum in maintaining their health and wellbeing moving forward. Initially, lessons may not be exactly how pupils expect them to be or what they have previously been accustomed to, however, to ensure the risk to of Covid-19 transmission is kept to a minimum, certain changes to areas of the curriculum have been made, whilst others have been removed completely. As a department, we will be following the school’s health and safety guidance alongside the advice provided by the respective sporting governing bodies to ensure the safety of our pupils in relation to Covid-19.

We politely request that the points below are followed when school commences in September:

  • If your child is unable to participate in the lesson, could you please contact pupil reception or e-mail before 8:40am on the day of the lesson at the latest. This will replace the previous requirement to bring a written note until further notice. (As per usual, there will still be an expectation on pupils who are excused from the practical element of the lesson to contribute by coaching, officiating etc).
  • As you are aware, the school is returning to its usual uniform policy from September and this is also the case in PE. On the day of the PE lesson, pupils will be allowed to come to school in their PE kit as changing facilities will not be available. Pupils may want to bring spare socks/footwear should they feel the need.

  • PE Kit – September 2020 (until further notice)

    • White school polo shirt OR maroon school rugby jersey
    • Black school shorts, skort, leggings or black tracksuit bottoms
    • School jumper, Maroon school hoody (available from the uniform shop), or a school hoody obtained for previous school trips/activities
    • Maroon school rugby socks/black sports socks
    • Appropriate trainers
  • In terms of the activities that pupils will experience in the first instance, those that allow for easy social distancing will take priority on the curriculum. Weather dependent, the intention is to conduct as many practical lessons as possible outdoors. Initially, there will be no contact sports. Those activities that do take place will be carried out relative to the guidance of the school Covid-19 policies and the respective governing body road maps to return to sport.
  • Unfortunately, there will be no extra-curricular sport and fixtures against other schools will not take place until further notice. Furthermore, the department facilities will not be available at lunchtime and equipment cannot be borrowed by any pupils

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, everything is very much a step into the unknown, but as I have previously stated, our priority is the wellbeing of all members of the school community. I hope that we can rely on your support over the coming months.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Kind regards

Mr I Poley
(Acting Head of Physical Education)

UPDATE – September 2020

In line with developments and additional guidance received over the Summer holidays, we have updated both the letter and handbook that were issued at the end of last term.

Click here for a copy of the letter, which contains important information, including details about break/lunch, and equipment.

Click here for the updated September Handbook, which contains a substantial amount of updated information.

We would appreciate all parents, carers and pupils taking the time to read carefully through these documents, to prepare themselves for the return to school.

We would also like to remind you, that the first two weeks of term will see the staggered return of pupils, in year groups. Pupils should go directly to their designated block (see below) on arrival, where they will be met by staff.

Arrangements for the first 2 weeks of term.

  • Tues 1st Sept-Thurs 3rd Sept – INSET Days – For staff to plan and prepare for the safe return of learners.
  • Fri 4th Sept – Years 7 (Block 4) and 12 (Block 8/9) ONLY – Induction days for both year groups, as well as an opportunity for Yr12 students to confirm their programme of study.
  • Mon 7th Sept – Years 11 (Block 3/6, downstairs) and 13 (Block 8/9) ONLY.
  • Tues 8th Sept – Years 8 (Block 1, downstairs), 9 (Block 6, upstairs), and 10 (Block 1, upstairs) ONLY – Lessons for Yrs8-9, and an induction day for Yr10, to finalise timetables and GCSE options.
  • Weds 9th Sept – Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 ONLY.
  • Thurs 10th Sept onwards – All pupils to attend