Whether you are already a Soar Valley parent or are in the exciting process of transferring from one school to another, your child’s time at Soar Valley College has come during a period of significant development in the PE department. The past 3 years have seen the creation of the best school sports facilities in Leicestershire. Coupled with our full and exciting curriculum, we are fortunate enough to have state of the art indoor and outdoor facilities, these include: an all weather football and hockey pitch, a 2 court indoor netball centre, 4 court sports hall, 5 outdoor tennis/netball courts, a dance studio, fitness suite, extensive rugby and football playing fields and a dedicated PE teaching classroom for academic studies
We appreciate that many of our learners arrive from Primary School having already mentored and led students in younger year groups, and in recognition of this we immediately plunge them into completing the accredited Young Leaders Award. This award provides them with the opportunity to develop their communication, organisational and leadership skills that are not only key to being successful in PE but will also enhance their progress across the entire school curriculum.
At key stage 3 PE students have 2 hours of PE a week and we focus on developing the students as independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning and success. We use a model of teaching called Sport Education which removes the teacher from being the central figure of the lesson and places the emphasis on the students as independent enquirers and learners, leaders and creative thinkers. Students work in small teams and at some point during the academic year all students take the roles of team Captain, Vice Captain, Equipment Manager and Warm Up Coach. With teacher input students are guided towards exploring skills and techniques, tactics and strategies and designing practices to enhance skill development. Sport Education allows all students to succeed regardless of their ability level and interest in physical activity by providing them with opportunities in management, leadership, performance and officiating. Students are assessed after every activity block and are provided with an opportunity to review their performance and set new targets.
At key stage 4 all students take part in core PE for one lesson per week where they are introduced to and encouraged to take part in a variety of activities both in College and in the local community. Some students opt to go to the local golf course whilst others choose to attend the Outdoor Pursuits Centre. We aim to provide the students with opportunities that will support their participation in sport in later life.
The department as a whole prides itself on the quantity and variety of its extra curricular enrichment programme. Outside coaches and instructors support staff in providing opportunities for all students to further both their participation beyond the timetable and their own abilities. This includes both College based activities such as inter-form competitions and competing in inter school leagues and competitions, where both boys and girls have met with considerable success over the years in both the City and County. Individual students have also been selected to represent the City and County in a number of sports. Students have also been provided the opportunity to compete in tournaments abroad as well as outdoor pursuits based residential trips at home and also abroad. Older students, in conjunction with the department and the Schools Sports Co-ordinator have the chance to take part in Sports Leadership programmes which involve working with our Primary feeder schools both within their own PE programmes and in the organisation of inter school tournaments and competitions.
All of the skills that we aim to develop in core PE are targeted towards equipping our learners with the necessary skills to be successful in studying academic PE at GCSE level, Advanced and Undergraduate level.
We hope that your child takes advantage of every opportunity presented to them by the PE department both in lessons and in our extensive competitive and recreational extra curricular programme.
We look forward to involving you in these, and other developments, aimed at consolidating our position as a highly successful and positive department both within the school and the wider community.
J. A. Cherrington
Head of Faculty