The Physical Education Faculty at Windsor High School and Sixth Form is a very successful innovative faculty whose work is recognised on a local, regional and national level.
The faculty consists of 17 members of staff and has a number of positions of responsibility including Faculty Director, Deputy Faculty Director and BTEC Course Leader, Curriculum Leaders of KS3, Curriculum Leaders of KS4, School Games Organiser and a School Sports Coordinator.
Ensure all students are given the opportunity to excel and achieve to their highest capabilities in lessons where they follow an innovative personalised pathway curriculum in one of the following routes:
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students are taught in single gender groups. In years 7 and 8 they have one double lesson (100 minutes) and one single lesson (50 minutes) of PE per week. During these lessons students follow a broad balanced curriculum including activities from all national curriculum areas.
In Year 9 the students have one double lesson a week where they follow an innovative personalised pathway curriculum in which students follow one the following routes:
- Games activities
- Aesthetic activities
- Health and Fitness
- Games and Fitness
Key Stage 4
All Key Stage 4 students have two double lessons of PE, with both years following their personalised pathway for one lesson and having an options lesson to sample a variety of activities in their other. All students are given the opportunity to follow Level One and/or Level Two leadership awards within these core lessons. In addition students may opt to follow GCSE PE (Edexcel), GCSE Dance or BTEC First level 1/2 awards or certificates (Edexcel) as part of a wide ranging options programme that the school offers. The results in the Key Stage 4 courses offered are outstanding with pass rates exceeding national averages.
Windsor has extensive PE facilities. There is a fantastic new sports hall accommodating four badminton courts and a full size basketball court, 2 gymnasia, 2 dance studios, a top of the range fitness suite, a field accommodating a football pitch and a rugby pitch, an Astroturf, 2 tennis courts, all weather cricket wicket and 2 netball courts. We also have an offsite table tennis and fitness facility and work closely with Halesowen Tennis Club in the summer to use additional courts.
The school runs a successful Pastoral House System; a key fact of which is the House Sports Programme where students compete in a range of different sports throughout the year for their house team. Year 10 House seniors receive leadership training and manage and run the house teams under the guidance of a member of the department.
The department has a nationally recognised stage not age leadership and volunteering programme which is accessible to all students via PE lessons. Through an extensive training programme, students have opportunities to gain recognition for their abilities as leaders through the departments leadership ladder that incorporates the Young Leaders Award, Level One leadership awards in dance and sport, National Governing Body Awards, Top Link Festivals and Step into Sport.
Leadership plays a key role within timetabled lessons as well as in extracurricular time both within our Windsor Academy Trust and local primary schools. Students also have access to leadership camps, ambassador training and have also officiated at the Level 3 School Games on many occasions. Within our 6th Form we are able to offer the HSLA award which makes us one of few sixth forms who are able to offer such a prestigious and well recognised qualification.
There are a wide variety of PE clubs and teams to which members of staff outside the PE department also contribute. On average there are nearly 300 extra-curricular clubs per term, offered as breakfast clubs, lunchtime practices and after school practices and fixtures. The school compete in a high number of local, regional and national competitions in a range of sports. We also frequently run a range of sports trips to top class sporting events such as Premier Leagues matches, International netball, Aviva Premiership Rugby, World Class Badminton and Wimbledon!
This is in addition to our extensive Sporting House programme which runs competitive sporting activities across the entire range of students at Windsor and include an Athletics day in the summer, where in 2013 Olympic runner Daniel Caines was able to attend and present trophies to our young athletes. We are proud to say that this year, in addition to having our experienced and talented school staff run these additional clubs, students have also had the opportunity to work with international hockey players and enjoy a coaching masterclass to help them improve further.
The current titles the school holds are:
- U14 Football – HSSFA League Cup Winners
- U14 Football – Cup Winners
- U14 Football – 5 a-side Champions
- U14 Girls Badminton – Dudley Champions
- U16 Girls Badminton – Dudley Champions
- U13 Boys Basketball – HSSBA Tournament Winners
- U16 Girls Basketball – Dudley Champions
- U13 Boys Cricket – Dudley League Winners
- U12 Girls Football – Dudley League Winners
- U14 Boys Rugby – District Champions
- U16 Girls Hockey – Dudley League Winners
- U16 Girls Volleyball – Black Country Champions
- U16 Girls Netball – Dudley League Winners
- Artistic Gymnastics – Black Country Champions
- U19 Boys Football – BSC West Midlands League 2 Champions
- U19 Girls Netball – BSC West Midlands Division 2 Champions
- Rhythmic Gymnastics – National Champions
- Worcestershire Schools Golf Team Champions
Gifted and Talented
Our PE department was at the forefront of developing gifted and talented sports performers within schools nationwide and was one of the original 14 schools in the country to be part of a gifted and talented programme with the Youth Sport Trust. The STARS scheme (Supporting Talented Athletes on the Road to Success) is a programme which enables us to extend our current offer to our elite athletes to assist them in managing their school and sporting commitments. It is during this programme that STARS athletes have access to specialist advice and support from not only a Lead STARS tutor but also a highly qualified and nationally successful Sports Therapist.