The Physical Education department at Bishop Thomas Grant School is a successful, vibrant and dynamic subject area, consisting of 8 members of staff. The highest standards are expected of learners, who are encouraged to contribute effectively to the wider society by promoting justice, honesty and integrity in all aspects of their Christian lives. This is fulfilled by offering a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. Students experience a wide range of activities that develop their physical competence and proficiency. Through the ethos of the subject and the school, pupils develop personal qualities such as self-esteem, self-confidence, tolerance and empathy. Relationships within the department promote respect between teachers and pupils with values taught in accordance with the teachings of Christ. Pupils are encouraged to be successful, overcome a variety of challenges and are provided with a wide range of opportunities to engage in competitive sport. The department has been very successful over a number of years with many Bishop Thomas Grant School pupils and teams excelling at local, regional and national level.
The specific aims of the Physical Education department are to:
- Provide the highest quality PE teaching and learning to all pupils, providing a broad range of sporting activities
- Inspire pupils to achieve their best both academically and within sporting environments
- Develop well-rounded individuals who make a positive contribution to the local community
- Develop competitive, successful sporting teams that encourage students to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness, enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship
- Allow for the acquisition and application of vital transferable skills appropriate to a range of sporting activities
- Develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performances in a variety of sports activities
- Promote the awareness, understanding and appreciation of how physical activity benefits the pupils social, moral, physical, spiritual and cognitive development
- Allow learners to achieve their full potential, recognise the uniqueness of the individual and encourage the development of self-worth
- Inspire enjoyment of physical activity that may further prepare the pupil for participation in physical activity in their adult life
- Encourage the development of a variety of desirable personal qualities such as respect, sportsmanship, perseverance, honesty, integrity, a sense of justice, initiative and independence.