The main aims of the Physical Education Department at Les Quennevais are to allow students to access a wide range of sporting activities alongside a variety of academic and vocational qualifications in PE and Sport. The department recognises the importance that Physical Education and School Sport play in leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and all teachers in the department are committed to improving students' knowledge and understanding of PE, as well as their sports specific skills. We aim to make lessons interesting and allow a student to reach their maximum potential, whether that is in making a school team, representing the Island, or something as simple as improving their fitness or wanting to be active once they have left Les Quennevais School.
PE lessons encourage independent learning, teamwork as well as communication amongst peers. There is a strong emphasis on Leadership allowing students to experience different roles within sport showing a clear pathway forward for these experiences.
The PE department is an experienced, highly motivated department, committed to offering the widest possible range of activities in order to maximise students' achievement and enjoyment within the subject.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a wide range of activities in order to fulfil the National Curriculum requirements. Students will develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully at their level. The 18 activities that students will experience in KS3 will allow them to access all 6 key concepts and processes of the curriculum. Being able to offer a full program of activities is something that the Les Quennevais PE Department prides itself upon.
In Key Stage 4, we always strive to find the most appropriate qualification for our learners. Currently, all students have the option to study the Full Course GCSE Physical Education or Short course GCSE Physical education, through their option choices. We study the EDEXCEL syllabus which has a 48% practical exam weighting against a 12% Analysis of Performance exam and 40% Theory exam. This year our students are being examined in the widest range of activities we have offered with 16 different sports being studied. As well as this all students whether they are studying GCSE PE or not have the option of undertaking an award in Sports Leadership Level 1/2, a Nationally recognised FA Young Organiser Award, an ENA Young Organiser Award and if the demand is there, a Pool Lifeguard qualification and a FA Referee qualification.
Les Quennevais PE Department has also fostered a wide variety of links within the Jersey sporting Community. This allows us to offer students the opportunity to attend the latest extra coaching courses for players, sports specific coaching awards, officiating courses as well as being able to gain the knowledge of other professionals to allow the staff to gain knowledge of the latest fitness or coaching techniques. We have strong links with Les Quennevais Sports Centre where a number of our lessons take place including swimming, lifesaving, personal survival, cardio-vascular fitness training and weight training. More recently we have been using the professional advice of Jersey's Sports Medicine Clinic, to allow our Gifted and Talented students access to nutritional and training advice.
Our work does not stop when school ends. We offer a variety of sports clubs that are welcome to everyone no matter what standard they are. From these clubs School representative teams are selected. We endeavour to allow everyone that would like to represent the school an opportunity to do so at some point in their time at Les Quennevais whilst still maintaining a highly competitive edge, with the aim of winning all competitions that are entered. Les Quennevais has become the school that everyone else wants to beat!