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Howden School

Howden School

Physical Education

'At Howden we believe all students should have the opportunity to experience a curriculum that will provide them with the understanding and involvement of a healthy, active physical life. We strive to ensure all students, regardless of their ability, achieve their full potential and are provided with a variety of opportunities that will enable them to pursue physical activity and sport in years to come. Perhaps one of our most important tasks at present is to develop positive attitudes towards an active and healthy lifestyle. At Howden pupils will learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. It is our aim to develop every student’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these qualities to perform in a range of activities we study at Howden. Opportunities are provided within school time and extra-curricular for students to be creative, competitive and challenged as individuals and in groups and teams.'

Mrs. J. Doyle, Subject Area Leader of Physical Education and Performance Faculty

Staff Position
Mrs Doyle Subject Area Leader of PE and Performance Faculty (Music, Art & Drama)
Miss Scott Teacher of PE and KS3 Pastoral Manager 
Mrs Lowe Teacher of PE
Mr Hopkin Teacher of PE and Subject Leader of PSHCE
Mrs Hughes Teacher of PE

Key Stage 3 

Students will study two hours of PE each week in year 7 and 8. In year 9 students they will acquire an extra PE lesson where they follow the Sports Leader’s course which is a national recognised award. As part of the course students are required to gain 1 hour volunteer work. Students can opt to choose to complete the Howden Young Leaders Award which allows them to lead as part of a group.

Students will participate in a variety of different activities across each half term. Each year students will build on their core and advanced skills applying these into competitive scenarios.

    Males Females
1 Autumn HT Football
2 Autumn HT Rugby
3 Spring HT Hockey
4 Spring HT Handball
5 Summer HT Athletics
6 Summer HT Basketball

Key Stage 4 

In KS4 students will follow an option curriculum for their Physical Education lesson. In year 10 students will still study 2 hours of Physical Education, in year 11 this will drop to once a week. Students will select an activity each half term that they want to participate in. An option of further study through GCSE PE is also offered from year 9.

Zumba Football
HIIT Netball
Fitness Suite Rugby
Dance- various styles Badminton
Boot Camp Basketball
Boxercise Volleyball
Athletics Athletics


Late Buses: We have two late buses that students can book onto in order to attend clubs.

Drury Coaches – Eastrington, Gilberdyke and Newport (departs 4.30pm at the back of school)

Wards Taxis – Bubwith and surrounding Villages (departs 4.30pm at the front of school)

For each sport club students should go to the main hall to first book onto a late bus, they should then get changed in the PE changing rooms and wait for a member of the PE team.

Sports Leaders 

The Sports Leaders qualification is a nationally recognised award that enables successful learners to assist in leading purposeful and enjoyable sport/physical activity, under direct supervision.

The pupils will learn the importance of leadership skills including organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport.

More Able

Each academic year the PE Department review students' skill development and achievements within physical activity and sport.

At Howden School we have a vast array of talented students in a number of different sports including football, rugby, netball, dance, athletics, sailing and horse riding.

As part of the more able programme students will take part in termly activities (eg nutrition, first aid, talks from sports performers,  team building). We aim to provide the students with a programme of events that will support their progression within their sport.

Duke of Edinburgh 

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do programmes at levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At Howden School we run the Bronze level for our year 9 and 10 students.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition.