The Physical Education department is passionate about sport and physical well-being. At Key Stage 3 and 4 all students receive a minimum of two hours high quality PE lesson a week.
Students at KS3 are offered a range of sports and different types of physical activity to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum. Areas typically covered include football, netball, gymnastics, trampolining, badminton, table tennis, athletics, cricket, rounders, softball, basketball, rugby, hockey, problem solving, orienteering, climbing, volleyball and dance.
To develop KS3 students as a whole and promote excellence students are assessed across five different abilities; Physical, Social, Cognitive (thinking), Personal and Creative. This enables all students, irrespective of their ability, ethnicity or gender, to achieve their potential, raise their self-esteem, and promote their individual personal development.
At Key Stage 4, Core PE lessons allow students flexibility to develop as individuals, offering leadership awards, officiating awards and a choice of a range of sports and physical activity. Students are also highly encouraged to sustain their health and wellbeing to encourage lifelong participation, by taking part in a health and fitness unit. The school offers Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award to years 10 and 11 respectively. This is a highly valued course with a vast number of students taking on this opportunity, achieving an outstanding success rates.
Physical Education at examination level is a popular course showing high levels of success. Results for the Full Course GCSE (Edexcel) have been continually well above the National Average for a number of years. The course is assessed through Theory (40%) and Practical (60%); this includes a written exam paper, assessment across four sports, analysis of performance and a Personal Exercise Plan. Many students taking the course continue onto a sport related course at Further Education.
By offering an extensive range of clubs, teams and competitions we consistently encourage our students to have a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation of the value of being active. Clubs are run before school, at lunch and afterschool with competitions against other schools in the borough taking place regularly.
Rushcroft students are often represented in the community through our extensive range of leadership programmes developing many skills by working with children of different ages and abilities, including those with disabilities and special needs.