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Sports Studies

Introduction

At St Benedict’s we believe in making sport inclusive, while aiming to achieve excellence within our core sports: boys’ Rugby and Cricket, girls’ Hockey and Netball, and mixed Fencing. Within these sports, there are over 200 school teams ranging from A-D teams; this allows as many children as possible to represent the school, develop their talents and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Our core sports are complemented by a number of minor sports, such as Athletics, Cross Country running, Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon, Swimming, Tennis and girls’ Cricket. Further options such as Fitness, Basketball and Football are offered in the Sixth Form. All pupils choose to do one sport per term, taught on one games afternoon, for two hours per week.

Girls and boys are mainly taught separately, at our games fields located about a mile from the school. Representative school teams of all abilities compete during the week in games time, after school and at weekends. The school enters all major county tournaments and cup competitions for core sports. Gifted and Talented children are supported by a designated strength and conditioning coach who devises individual fitness programmes and monitors injuries and goal setting.

Form 3 to Upper 4Th(years 7 to 9)

In addition to Games, Middle School pupils have one hour of PE per week. Activities include baseline testing, gymnastics, Invasion games, badminton, and striking and fielding, where technical and physiological skills are complemented by other important tactical skills such as decision making.

GCSE

The Ed Excel course is 70% Theory and 30% Practical.

Theory

Fitness and Body Systems includes the following topics: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, and Movement Analysis and Physical Training.

Health and Performance includes topics such as Sport Psychology and Social and Cultural Influences.

Practical

While Fitness and Circuits are compulsory, students can submit their best sports, including one individual sport. Typically, this includes their winter representative team core sport, plus one competitive individual sport, possibly chosen from swimming, dance, athletics or skiing. A small coursework task called is also submitted as part of the practical element.

A level

This allows students to follow their passion and academic interest further in the areas of in Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, physiological and contemporary concerns. There is a practical and theory element, with 2 exam papers,  and students choose one sport for assessment.