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Physical Education


The PE department focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively throughout the 24 hour curriculum.

The department provides a broad and balanced programme of activity with structured and developmental units of work set out on a half termly or termly basis within each area of activity. This structure provides a sense of progression, challenge and achievement. The department promotes a student-centred with teaching tailored to the needs of individual students, each of who has individual targets set out within their education plans.

Download the PE department's mission and aims (PDF, 16KB).

Download an outline of the PE curriculum (PDF, 20KB).

The GCSE PE full course and short course are offered to students as options in years 10 and 11.


Throughout the school sports year there are 3 main competition events.

The Inter-house Games Day - sees students and staff represent sports houses in which teams are chosen by order of fair/equal P.E. performances. The day is organised so each team plays Basketball and Football/dodgeball. Points are organised as 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 point for a loss. Extra points are given throughout the day for sportsmanship, play, good conduct, helping another player, being on time. Parents are welcome in the afternoon to witness the results and trophy presentation to the winning team.

Meadows Sports Day - is a popular and well supported event. It is held on site. The afternoon is organised with each student in a group of similar ability students which take part in both track and field events. The winning points scorer and runner up boy and girl at the end of the day receive a personal cup and a large shield with their name engraved, which is then displayed in the trophy cabinet for all to see.

The Fun Run - is a whole school activity for both students and staff. It consists of a 3 mile run through the surrounding woods. It is very well attended and every student takes part, not because they have to but due to the intrinsic value and satisfaction that they receive from the event. Some students complete the course in very quick times and there is a trophy for the winner that is engraved with their name.


The outdoor education department

The outdoor education department organises day trips and residential weeks to enable the students at Meadows School to try rock climbing, kayaking, open canoeing, orienteering, archery, team building exercises, bungee trampolining, high adventures, abseiling and skiing.

Through outdoor education, the students have the opportunity to try something new and gain a real sense of achievement as they persevere in developing new practical, communication and leadership skills. Participation in outdoor education sees students' self-esteem and confidence grow as they learn to communicate effectively with peers, improve teamwork, listen to instructions and recognise that if they keep trying, even when something is difficult at first, they can ask for help and with perseverance reach their goals.

sports day

(Pupils are)...developing healthy attitudes and understand the value of education for their future lives' (Ofsted Education 2016)