Sport plays an integral part of school life and personal development for many Arden students. The opportunities to participate in school sport provides pupils with the opportunities to gain a passion for lifelong participation in exercise and sport as well as the important skills such as team work, commitment, leadership and discipline. Whether a student's goal is elite performance, team spirit or just the enjoyment of participation, the rich range of both curriculum and extra-curricular sporting opportunities provided at Arden ensures all our students can get involved, find their niche and fulfil their potential.
Arden's philosophy is based upon participation where all children are welcome to attend extra curricular clubs to develop and improve their individual skills and enjoy the health and social benefits of physical activity. There are regular 'friendly fixtures' and coaching games against children from other schools. By fielding two or three teams whenever there is the opportunity, we ensure every child who wants to, has the opportunity to take part, something we aim to sustain by fielding B and C teams where appropriate. The successes at county, regional and national level have also been achieved by many individuals and teams and are a testament to the talent, dedication and devotion that many pupils put into their sport
In the past year there have been a number of new sporting opportunities including Girls Basketball, Boys Hockey and competitive Equestrian competitions. Another exciting development in sport has been the introduction of Sport Leaders and Ambassadors. These are usually older students who want to help run sports clubs, teams and primary school sport where they pass on their passion and experience to our younger pupils. These students are excellent role models and they enable many more clubs and teams to be run. They really are excellent ambassadors for Arden and demonstrate the fantastic leadership skills Arden students have and the generosity of our pupils to give willingly of their time and expertise to help maintain an outstanding level of sports participation at Arden.
Arden now has a Multi-Use Games Area providing our students with a state of the art basketball, netball and tennis facility, as well as a 60m running track and throwing cage. This facility allows students even greater opportunity to progress their skills in state of the art facilities.
Key Stage 3
The high quality PE curriculum offered at Arden enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activities.
Key Stage 4
Core PE is taught throughout the key stage with all students having one lesson per week in Years 10 and 11.
At Arden, we use the OCR examination board for our GCSE PE course. The course is divided into four sections; two are examined externally and are each worth 30% of the final mark.
EdExcel BTEC Award course is a vocational subject delivered within Key Stage 4 to both Year 10 and Year 11. It offers an engaging programme for students who are clear about the area of employment they wish to enter.
Key Stage 5
AS and A2 PE follows the OCR course. More detailed information can be found in the relevant sections
General PE Information
Information and policies relevant to participating in PE at Arden can be found within this section
Health and Social Care
This course has been designed to provide education and training for Health and Social Care employees and students.
Travel and Tourism
This is a two year course that is linked to the Travel and Tourism Industry. The course is taught through units of work which are internally linked and externally verified, one unit. The 'UK Travel and Tourism sector' is an examination which is worth 25% of the overall grade.