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Physical Education

Physical Education has an important role in the life of the school. Students have the opportunity to develop physically, socially and cognitively in a practically based environment, through an extensive range of curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The PE department are a very dedicated team that aim to provide opportunities for all students to succeed and progress at all levels. The range of resources and facilities available to the students enhance the experience of PE allowing full development of skills throughout each year at Thomas More Catholic School.

The Curriculum

The physical education curriculum aims to provide pathways for all student development.

At KS3 all classes are single sex. Students will take part in a number of different practical and theoretical activities throughout the year (Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Football, Netball, Table Tennis, Rounders, Volleyball, Swimming, Cricket, Athletics) Each sporting activity runs for approximately 4-5 weeks which enables all learners to develop skills for a number of activities that they may wish to continue at extra-curricular clubs or outside of school.

KS4 classes are mixed and based on ability, Sets are determined from the KS3 assessments that take place at the end of year 8. Physical Education is a Core foundation subject at Thomas More Catholic School. All students will study a BTEC Level 2 course. Students of the highest ability, practically and theoretically will have the opportunity to take a further GCSE in physical education. The additional course will be offered as part of the extra-curricular programme.

AT KS5 the PE department offer the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 1 A Level). In order to access the KS5 curriculum students must achieve at least a C grade at GCSE or a Merit level at Btec Level 2.

Extra-Curricular Programme

The PE department provides an extensive range of activities that can be attended at Lunch time and after school. Clubs are run for all ages, genders and levels of ability. (Please see the termly timetable updated on the website)

Those who excel, in particular sporting activities, will be selected to represent the school (A full range of clubs, teams, fixtures and results can be viewed in the enrichment section of this website).

Thomas More Catholic School is also the home of the Croydon Knights Volleyball Academy. Restarted in 2014 Thomas More has had huge success at both district and national level through its association with the sport. Winning the Boys U18 London Youth Games in 2012 and Winning the Girls U18 in 2011. Training sessions are every Thursday evening after school, with extended training, for selected academy players, continuing later in to the evening.

Swimming

Swimming is taught by Mr Skinner, the swimming pool manager. Throughout KS3 all students will have a minimum of 8 weeks of swimming, where they will develop techniques in each of the four stroke disciplines and learn key skills for ‘Personal Survival’.