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Physical Education

PE Faculty

Miss G Ali- alig@denbigh.net
Mr D Bennett- bennettd@denbigh.net
Mr R Bunney- bunneyr@denbigh.net
Miss C Burrows- burrowsc@denbigh.net
Mrs G Calleia- tetlowg@denbigh.net
Mr R Fry- fryr@denbigh.net
Mr M Lay- laym@denbigh.net
Mr M Linbourne- linbournem@denbigh.net
Mr C Simm- simmc@denbigh.net
Miss E Whitehouse- whitehousee@denbigh.net

Faculty Information

Denbigh School offers a wide range of sporting activities, chosen to suit all our students’ needs and abilities.  Physical Education and social development are encouraged through participation in a programme of team games and individual sports and activities, which all students are expected to take an active part in.   Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive two hours of Physical Education a week and Year 10 and 11 students receive one hour, in an addition to any sport-related exam subjects they choose.

We assess our students using the new ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ model of PE assessment and as part of this students are assessed against the Denbigh PE Values (Responsibility, Effort and Technique).  Students are also assessed in a variety of other characteristics including ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ (Head), their ‘Physical ability’ (Hands) and Resilience (Heart).

An extensive extra-curricular sports programme complements the core PE curriculum.  Over 200 fixtures provide plenty of opportunity for competitive sport and extra-curricular clubs are on offer before and after the school day.   The P.E. Faculty organises and coaches a host of sports teams that are consistently successful in local competitions, as well as running an annual sports day and a wide variety of clubs throughout the year.   All our sports teams compete on a district level and we also enter county competitions in a variety of activities.

The Faculty has been a regular winner of the Milton Keynes ‘Secondary School of Year’ Award and has recently won the ‘School Partnership’ Award for its work with local primary schools in the area.  In 2018, the Faculty was awarded the prestigious ‘Leap Award’ for ‘Best P.E Faculty in the County’.   At the end of each year the School’s sporting success is celebrated with the Annual Colours Assembly.  Colours are rewarded for outstanding contribution to both curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Students have the opportunity to select from variety of examination courses within the subject of P.E.  These include a vcert in Health and fitness and a GCSE PE and Dance option in Year 9.  Sixth Form opportunities include A Level PE, BTEC Sport and the Football Academy Programme.

The School Council plays an active role in shaping P.E at Denbigh and has helped redesign the School’s P.E kit and update Sports Day. These initiatives have led to improved engagement and participation from of all students.

Denbigh has developed a sports performance programme to provide talented students with support in combing their sporting talent and academic studies.  This has included talks from professionals within the industry, giving advice on how to balance academic study with training demands.

Schemes of Learning

Each faculty has developed a Scheme of Learning for each subject and year group. The Schemes of Learning outline the curriculum journey that students will embark on each academic year.

BTEC Sport

PE – Core

PE – GCSE

Revision Websites (PE)

Faculty Assessment & Feedback Policy

Please find a copy of the Faculty Assessment and Feedback policy below. Teachers in the faculty subject areas will follow this policy when assessing students learning and providing feedback.

PE A-Level

V-CERT Health and Fitness

Useful Websites ( VCERT Health & Fitness)

Key Words for Year 7 PE – Summer

Key TermDefinition
Maximal exerciseWhere you exert maximum effort/intensity, i.e. sprinting.
Sub-maximal exerciseWhere you do not exert maximum effort/intensity to your exercise but might have to pace yourself, e.g. completing a long run. 
Pace controlRunning at a steady speed/rate that you are able to maintain for the full duration of the race without needing to stop or slow down.
Optimum angle of releaseTypically 45 degrees. The most effective angle that you should release an object in order to propel it as far as possible (e.g., in javelin or discus).
RunsThe term used in cricket to refer to how many points the batting team has.
Front foot shot (Cricket)A shot played by stepping forward, out to the ball.
Back foot shot (Cricket)A shot played by stepping backwards on to your back foot, typically when the ball is pitched short and bounces high at you.
Backing upA term used when fielding in cricket and rounders to describe how a fielder should cover behind their team-mate when they fielding the ball, so that they can retrieve the ball should their team-mate mis-field the ball.

Key Words for Year 8 PE – Summer

Key TermDefinition
Maximal exerciseWhere you exert maximum effort/intensity, i.e. sprinting.
Sub-maximal exerciseWhere you do not exert maximum effort/intensity to your exercise but might have to pace yourself, e.g., completing a long run. 
Pace controlRunning at a steady speed/rate that you are able to maintain for the full duration of the race without needing to stop or slow down.
Optimum angle of releaseTypically 45 degrees. The most effective angle that you should release an object in order to propel it as far as possible (e.g., in javelin or discus).
RunsThe term used in cricket to refer to how many points the batting team has.
Front foot shot (Cricket)A shot played by stepping forward, out to the ball.
Back foot shot (Cricket)A shot played by stepping backwards on to your back foot, typically when the ball is pitched short and bounces high at you.
Backing upA term used when fielding in cricket and rounders to describe how a fielder should cover behind their team-mate when they fielding the ball, so that they can retrieve the ball should their team-mate mis-field the ball.