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, Curriculum Leader of KS3/4 PE, BTEC Course Leader, Curriculum Leader of GCSE PE and a School Games Organiser.
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 all years have one double lesson (100 minutes) which is taught in single gender groups. They also have one single lesson (50 minutes) in which there is one mixed group and the remaining groups are taught in single gender groups. During these lessons students follow a broad and balanced mastery curriculum including games, gymnastics and fitness activities.
In Year 9 the students follow an innovative personalised pathway which introduces starts to introduce GCSE topics. The possible pathways include:
- Games activities
- Aesthetic activities
- Health and Fitness
- Games and Fitness
Key Stage 4
All Key Stage 4 students have one double lesson of PE a week.Year 10 continue to follow their personalised pathway. Year 11 students have a more options based curriculum presented to them which offers the opportunity to follow Level One and/or Level Two leadership awards. Through this they may be given the chance to lead lower school students or work within local primary schools and help at events.
n addition students may opt to follow GCSE PE (Edexcel), GCSE Dance or OCR Cambridge Nationals in Sport Studies 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 consistently 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 off site facilities that we utilise for additional Dance lessons and we work closely with local sports clubs such as Halesowen Athletics Club and Halesowen Rugby club and often utilise their facilities.
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.
Many students going through these awards support at a number of level 1 and 2 school sports games with the year 9 Leadership Academy supporting the leadership at the Black Country Level 3 School Games this year. We have been a national pilot school for the new Youth Sports Trust Leadership award, with one of our students winning the national Leadership award at the annual conference.
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 have access to leadership camps, ambassador training and have also officiated at the Level 3 School Games on many occasions. Within our sixth 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 League matches, international netball, Aviva Premiership Rugby, world class badminton and Wimbledon! This is in addition to the annual European football trip which has visited Holland on a number of occasions and visited Real Madrid in 2018.
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 we have been lucky enough to have the 2012 Olympic torch present and in 2013 Olympic runner Daniel Caines was able to attend and present trophies to our young athletes. In addition to the Windsor athletics day there is also an Annual WAT Games which sees students from across the primary and secondary schools in the trust all come together in a celebration of sport. We are proud to say that, in addition to having our experienced and talented school staff run these additional clubs, students have also had the opportunity to be coached by and work with international hockey players and enjoy a coaching masterclass to help them improve further.
The success and hard work that students demonstrate throughout the year is recognised and celebrated each year at the annual Sports Awards Ceremony. We have been lucky enough to have top level athletes often present students with their awards and share their story of success with the students; with Holly Webb, MBE and Olympic Gold Medalist from Rio joining us in 2016. More recently we had Commonwealth Games gold metallist Natalie Haythornthwaite join us in 2018, alongside former student and current Birmingham City Women’s Footballer Kerys Harrop.
The current titles the school holds are:
- Year 8 A team Dudley Schools Basketball Winners
- Year 8 B team Dudley Schools Basketball Runners – up
- Year 7 Dudley Schools Rugby Winners
- Year 8 Dudley Schools Rugby Runners-up
- Year 10 Dudley Schools Football Cup Winners
- Year 7 Dudley Schools Football Cup Winners
- Year 8 Dudley Schools Football Cup Runners-up
- Year 10 Dudley Schools Football League Winners
- Year 8 Dudley Schools Football League Winners
- Year 7 Dudley Schools Football League Winners
- Year 10 Dudley Schools 5-A-Side Winners
- Year 9 Dudley Schools Netball Runners up
- Year 7 Dudley Schools Netball Runners up
- Year 7/8 Dudley Schools Tag Rugby Winners
- Year 11 Dudley Schools Hockey League Winners
- Year 10 Dudley Schools Hockey Tournament Winners
- Year 8 Dudley Schools Hockey Winners
The following teams qualified and took part in the Black Country School Games finals:
- Year 7/8 Girls Tag Rugby – Finished 2nd
- Year 9 Girls Rounders – To be replayed
- Year 9 Boys Triathlon – 3rd Place
- Year 9 Girls Triathlon
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.