PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The sports facilities comprise an artificial pitch, Sports Hall, gymnasium, many hard court areas
and a Fitness Suite. The school has an excellent sporting reputation and, in recognition of our
work, we have achieved the prestigious Sportsmark Award from Sport England.
The Department has six full-time and one part-time staff. The Department is also grateful for the
regular assistance it receives in the provision of extra-curricular activities from many other staff.
All students in Year 7 to Year 9 follow a National Curriculum-based programme of study,
commencing with a Foundation Programme in Year 7 and culminating in an end of Key Stage
Assessment in Year 9. Throughout Key Stage 3, students and staff complete a regular evaluation
of progress made and students record these details in their progress folders. At Key Stage 4
students have an opportunity to experience a range of activities and have the opportunity to
undertake a Sports Leadership Award.
The Department also offers an extremely popular GCSE and BTEC First Diploma examination
course in Years 10 and 11.
Currently, lesson length is 1 hour and all students at both Key Stages receive two 1 hour lessons
per week. Students studying GCSE Physical Education or GCSE Dance or BTEC First Diploma
have an additional four lessons for their option choice per fortnight.
The school has developed an excellent reputation in Dance through a strong commitment to both
curricular and extra-curricular activities. Dance is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8 through
the Physical Education programme and within Year 9 as a separately timetabled lesson.
At Key Stage 4 Dance is available to all students, both within GCSE Physical Education and
through GCSE Performing Arts examination groups.
The strong commitment to extra-curricular activity and the pursuit of links with the community has
led to many very exciting performances and productions and the school is very much perceived as
a centre of excellence in the subject
The Department has developed an excellent reputation for its commitment to the provision of a
broad range of extra-curricular activity, both competitive and recreational. The school is able to
offer competitive sport in areas as diverse as netball, football, basketball, athletics, cricket, cross-
country, rounders, hockey, badminton, tennis, table-tennis, rugby and swimming, whilst other non-
competitive activities include dance, gymnastics, fitness, trampolining. The Department also
organises a wide range of inter-form competitions in nine different sporting areas, including a
Swimming Gala and Sports Day.
A number of students have successfully gone on to represent both Manchester and the area in
netball, football, basketball, hockey, athletics, rounders, cricket, cross-country and swimming with a
few becoming professional sports players and many going into the leisure profession.
Links with the Community
The school hosts nine tournaments each year for both local primary schools and many other
secondary schools and has strong links with a range of local sports clubs, many connected to our
own Community Sports Centre. In particular, Manchester Hockey Club has recently become
Manchester Trinity Hockey Club in recognition of its role in developing young people from the
school in hockey at a higher level.
Currently on-site facilities include gymnasium, sports hall, dance/drama studio, tennis/netball
courts, an all-weather artificial pitch, an outdoor basketball court, fitness suite and five-a-side
pitches. The school also makes use of local sports facilities, including football pitches and
swimming pool. The Department has access to the school’s overall ICT facilities but possesses its
own resources such as digital video camera, digital projector and smartboard.
The school has one minibus which is available to complement the strong extra-curricular
As a part of the regeneration of Hulme, the school received a Lottery Grant to finance the
development of on-site sports facilities for the benefit of both school and the local community. The
Physical Education staff are involved in the community use of these facilities. There is a Sports
Centre Manager whose role is to develop sport in the community and manage the Centre.