PE & Outdoor Education Faculty

The Physical and Outdoor Education department consists of thirteen staff. The priorities in the department are to deliver a broad and balanced National Curriculum in all Key Stages which allows pupils to develop to their full potential.

Inclusion is the key factor which motivates and engages young people; therefore a programme of learning has been constructed to reflect this.  Activities in Key Stage 3 reflect National Curriculum requirements and children can achieve not only in performance but in the role of leader, coach and organiser. In Key Stage 4 complementary activities include Outdoor Education, Self Defence, Street Dance, Sports Leaders Awards and Duke of Edinburgh.

In addition an extra-curricular programme is offered to all and young people have the opportunity to access county level and beyond.  Examinations are offered at Key Stage 4 in Physical Education and/or Dance and at AS, A2 and BTEC sports and Exercise Science Course.

The department is highly successful in all areas and is totally committed to the development of young people through the medium of sport and physical education.

In Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form, many young people take part in the nationally acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which is aimed at developing the individual to levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.  Service, skills, physical recreation and expedition teach students vital life skills and increase in difficulty as they progress towards the coveted Gold Award. The range of Leadership Awards on offer gives the students the chance to develop leadership skills through sport and dance and enhance their links with the community.

We encourage an “I can” culture where students become more self-assured and confident - built on praise and reward for any positive step no matter how small.

Developing the ‘soft skills’ (personal qualities) is considered just as important developing the ‘hard skills’ (different techniques), and with this in mind we provide amazing opportunities on a daily basis for personal development where students can develop outside the classroom and the school grounds in a stimulating and challenging environment. Outdoor Education is one of the highlights of the curriculum at Rivington and Blackrod High School, offering opportunities on a daily basis that can only be dreamt of in most state schools, made possible only through the imagination and drive of staff, senior management team and governors.

To view the curriculum plans for PE, please see the links below:
- GCSE Physical Education
- A-Level Physical Education

“I didn’t think I could do it, but when I did it I felt great!” Student, Year 10

If you have any questions or wish to visit the faculty please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Faculty, Ms V Walmsley on 01204 333266 or