Welcome to the St Bonaventure’s Physical Education Department.
‘In sanctitate et doctrina’
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ATHLETE.
We strive to bring inspiration and subject knowledge to every student athlete* in the school. *If you are a St Bon’s student, you are an athlete.
We see a world where every student is an athlete united in the joy of movement regardless of ability.
- Courage – Never give up.
- Hope – A vision for your end goal.
- Excellence – Be the best you can be. What would someone who cares do?
- Faith – Have faith in God, yourself & our team.
- Humility – Serve each other
- Integrity – Work hard & do what is right. Even when nobody is watching.
- Charity – Give back.
- Kinship – Succeed as a team.
Meet the experienced Department
Mr S Firth – Curriculum Leader of Physical Education
Mr P Ancora – Assistant Curriculum Leader of PE
Mr D Bastian – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of PE
Mr W Templeman – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of PE
Mr G Hayes – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of PE
Mr S Bartlett – Assistant Headteacher and Specialist Leader in Education
Mr J Robinson – Year Leader and Teacher of PE
Mr G Patterson – Teacher of PE and Assistant Head of Year
Mr J Daniels – Teacher of PE and Assistant Head of Year
The department teaches the full range of ability for pupils aged 11 – 18.
PE Non-negotiables: Safe – Active – Fun – Engaging (inclusive) lessons & all students must bring their PE kits.
Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9
Students are entitled to four hours of physical education across a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts an hour. All lessons are taught in ability groups.
The curriculum aims to give students experiences and opportunities in a wide variety of sports. Our main focus is increasing positive experiences and therefore enjoyment.
Key Stage 4
For core PE, pupils continue to be placed in their set groups. In Year 10 pupils are taught a range of activities for two one-hour lessons a week. Lessons are focused around the physical, social and mental well being of students.
For Year 11 core PE, they are in lessons, which lasts for a duration of two hours. The majority of activities on offer for Year 11 are off site. Activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, orienteering, cricket etc take place throughout the year. Additional current sporting trends may also be incorporated. We find this offer is incredibly important to our young men during what can be a stressful year for them.
The pupils also have an opportunity to choose GCSE PE, Cambridge Nationals in Sport Development or NCFE Health and Fitness. If students select GCSE PE they will be assessed through a theory exam worth 60% and a practical moderation worth 40% using the AQA specification. Theory lessons cover a variety of different topics including the body systems, a balanced diet, how to improve practical performance and how to lead a healthy active lifestyle. The following link provides a more detailed explanation of the course:
If students opt for NCFE Health and Fitness they will be assessed without the practical element. The NCFE focuses on a theory exam and a synoptic piece of coursework. Our NCFE classes are usually small cohorts. We feel that the NCFE course provides our learners with an alternative vocational pathway.
If students opt for the Cambridge National in Sports Development, they will be assessed in a vocational approach. The Sports Development course focuses on providing young people with a practical approach to leading sports. Our Sports Development classes are usually small cohorts. We feel that the Cambridge National course provides our learners with an alternative vocational pathway.
We currently transitioning through our vocational offer.
Key Stage 5
The department currently offers pupils the chance to study BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport focusing on anatomy & physiology, sports & exercise physiology, field & lab based fitness testing, specialised fitness training, sports injuries, nutrition, coaching advice, sports psychology and research methods. Pupils at St. Bonaventure’s Sixth Form are also encouraged to take part in a number of sporting opportunities on offer as well as assist with the coaching, officiating and management of the teams in the lower school. On Thursdays students are taught offsite at the University of East London. We hope that this opportunity is aspirational for our young people.
The department prides itself on an intense, full and varied extra-curricular programme which is completely inclusive. All pupils are encouraged to take part in activities whether it be football on a Saturday morning at the world famous Hackney Marshes or competing in an inter-form table tennis competition. Students are able to gain access to a ‘St Bon’s for Life’ t-shirt should they attend an extra curricular club regularly, this can be inside or outside of school. Some students also model ‘St Bon’s Leader’ t-shirts. These students have taken it upon themselves to lead a particular physical activity club. One of our young men has set up a fully functional boxing club.
Success in Physical Education
Over the recent academic years we have worked closely with Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust and Sheffield Hallam University in an attempt to provide initiatives that will increase engagement in physical activity nationally. Sheffield Hallam University and the Youth Sport Trust completed a research survey with our students at the beginning and end of our targeted interventions. The headline figures they found were:
- Our top 3 motivators for taking part in physical activity were, ‘to have fun’, ‘to be healthy’ and ‘to learn a new skill’.
- On average, our boys took part on 3 days of physical activity per week in school.
- 90% of boys said they ‘look forward to PE lessons’
- 74% of students ‘Love’ taking part in Physical Education. 23% of students ‘Like’ taking part in Physical Education.
Sport England were incredibly impressed with the impact we have on our young people. They have now tasked us with the job of rolling out our initiatives across the Agnus Dei Teaching Alliance.
The St Bon’s PE department are a nationally recognised department which regularly features in the top 30 sport schools in the country (there are over 3000 schools registered). In recent years we have won national titles in basketball and handball and numerous regional titles in football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, cross country and handball.
Furthermore, we are incredibly proud of our academic success as well as our sporting achievements. We have achieved several ‘red’ *ALPs scores in recent years. The three year overview is as follows:
KS4 2018 – 3 2019 – 4 2020 – 2 2021 – 2
KS5 2018 – 6 2019 – 3 2020 – 4 2021 – 3
* ALPs is an analytical tool adopted and recognised nationally. ALPs 1-3 are colour coded red and are deemed as the top three grades.
Students who have studied with us in KS5 have achieved outstanding grades which has allowed them to attend prestigious universities. Some of the career pathways our students have followed are physiotherapists, sports therapists, sports psychologists, sports scientists and teachers of physical education. Last year three students achieved scholarships based on their academic and sporting achievements.
Our department is proud to have had many esteemed sports performers to come through the ranks including Chris Hughton, Jermain Defoe, Chuks Aneke, Chuba Akpom, Teddy Okereafor, Joe Ichanchim, Christian McNeish, Peter Bakare, Patrick Diai and many more. We also have numerous current school boys that are representing professional clubs and national sides in basketball, football and athletics.