Hello all, I’m Ian Bennett head of PE here at Egerton High School. I work alongside Anthony Hamnett who is the full time PE Teaching Assistant. We have been here for a number of years now and both of our passions are sport. We aim to share our experiences with the students at Egerton through a fun, vibrant and secure learning environment. Our ultimate goal is to make a difference in our young people’s lives and help inspire, motivate and change each individual’s mind-set to enable each student to be positive, confident and resilient.
Here at Egerton we aim for PE lessons to be fun and safe in a positive learning environment accessible to all pupils. We encourage all our young people to engage in the vast array of sporting activities we offer. We aim to ensure that our young people have the opportunity to access exercise and physical activity on a daily basis. We wish to encourage an active lifestyle, improve self-esteem, and health. It is also an ideal way for our young people to release any negative energy and feel more confident.
"When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life."
Sportsmanship and Fair Play are at the forefront of everything we do. I am a strong believer that participants should play fairly and follow a clear set of rules in every PE lesson. Since my arrival at the school I have worked tirelessly to embed my philosophy. The environment I have created allows the children to feel safe. They have the freedom to express themselves without the fear of failure.
We offer a wide range of sports which include; football, basketball, dodgeball, cricket and handball to name a few. We also focus specifically on improving the students fitness by incorporating a Fitness Class once a week. Furthermore, we offer our nurture students in years 7 & 8 a Fitness for Learning (FFL) programme which they access first lesson every day. The idea behind this initiative is to help certain students to wake up in a morning and improve their concentration and focus so they are ready to access their learning in other lessons throughout the day.
Throughout KS3, students complete a series of AQA units in various sports achieving either an Entry Level Pass or a Level 1 pass dependent on the suitability for each individual. In KS4, students are entered for the Entry Level Certificate in PE and we have so far in the past 3 years had a 100% successful pass rate.
In addition to this, we also cover topics relevant to our curriculum theme. At the moment our whole school theme is based around ‘Crime’. We are therefore covering the following topics;