Physical Education

Overview and Ethos

All students participate in PE lessons, unless prevented by injury or major illness, in our good outdoor facilities including two rugby pitches and two football pitches. Our indoor facilities include a sports hall, dance studio, two gymnasia and a multi-purpose hall. In Key Stage 3, students receive two one-hour lessons per week, in Key Stage 4 they receive 1 hour and in Key Stage 5 students are given the opportunity of 1 hour per week. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers a range of activities with our primary focus of rugby, netball, volleyball, dance, football, fitness, athletics and rounders. At Frinton campus we also introduce alternative activities such as handball, trampolining and badminton.

All students’ outstanding PE experience at Tendring continues in Key Stage 4 where we regularly have at least a third of students opt for one of our examination based subjects (GCSE PE, BTEC Sport or Dance) which all have achieved above national average results in the last 2 years.

The department is also very successful at Key Stage 5, achieving results in the top 25% of colleges in the country (ALPS data) where we offer A Level Physical Education, BTEC Sport Level 3 and Dance. Our class sizes are relatively small, thus allowing for one-to-one learning conversations to regularly take place between teacher and student ensuring students make maximum progress.

TTC has forged very strong links with Volleyball England and in 2011 became a Junior Academy to support our more talented student athletes. Students coming into Year 12 have the opportunity to enrol onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) which will help them to develop a range of skills that will help them achieve their potential in the sport. Completion of AASE now has 85 UCAS points attached to it making it a very worthwhile course to study.

Great success has been achieved in these competitions. Our students enter a range of competitions both locally, regionally and nationally. With respect to National Age Group competitions we have had the following successes:

  • U-18 Mens National Champions 1995
  • U-18 Mens runners up 1996 - 9
  • U-18 Mens runners up 2006
  • U-16 Boys National Champions 2000
  • U-16 Boys runners up 2001, 2003, 2007
  • U-15 Boys National Champions 1999
  • U18 Girls National Semi Finalists 2016

Our Under 18 girls and boys volleyball squads have represented England on five occasions in the World Schools Volleyball Championships in Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Sardinia.

As well as the National Championships many of our students have been selected to represent the Eastern Region at the Annual Inter-Regional Championships. 

As a college we are very successful in the area, being crowned District champions in football, rugby and netball regularly in the last 3 years. Our athletics has been developed to a high standard with tremendous success (Coastal Champions 4 out of the last 5 years). Many of our students have representative honours at county, district, regional and national level and we aim to support these students through our Star Squad programme.

We also offer numerous trips to ensure a students’ PE experience at Tendring is as full and rewarding as possible. We run annual ski trips to Europe and mountain walking in the Peak District including day trips to England football at Wembley, Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham, England hockey and netball at The Olympic Park, Volleyball Super Eight Championships at Kettering.

We were delighted to receive a grade of ‘Outstanding’ in the AfPE Quality Mark in 2012, in recognition of the achievements of the Department and students alike. This award has since been renewed in 2015. We have also been voted the Best Educational Establishment in the Tendring Area for the last 3 years and this year we won the Fit for Life award for Essex schools at the first Essex education awards.  We were also shortlisted for the 'Best Establishment for PE in Essex' in the Active Essex sports awards. 

The Principal and Governors are keen to give every possible support to the development of extra-curricular work which is reinforced by the College's commitment to the Coastal Schools' Sports Association and to the District Association NEESA. The Department is a happy and successful one, commanding respect from both staff and students. 


Aims and Objectives

Our aims and objectives within the PE department are:-

  • To maintain and stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in physical activity, and promote exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To employ teaching methods and provide appropriate resources that allow all pupils, without discrimination, to have equal opportunity to experience success and enjoyment in PE.
  • To help enhance pupils’ self-esteem through the development of their physical confidence and personal qualities.
  • To develop pupils’ knowledge of the rules and regulations of these activities, including the role of officials.
  • To enhance pupils’ awareness of the safety issues concerned with these activities and help develop a sense of responsibility towards participating in physical activity.
  • To encourage teamwork, tolerance and co–operation.
  • To provide the opportunity for pupils to participate in an inclusive Inter–Form programme of sporting activities.
  • To provide a wide range of opportunities for extra-curricular sports and activities.

How Parents Can Help

  • Encourage pupils to fully participate in all lessons.
  • Ensure pupils are in the correct kit for all PE lessons for health and safety reasons.
  • Write letters, asking for pupils to be excused if they are ill or injured, (excused pupils are still required to bring kit for the lesson - extra layers are advised if excused from outdoor lessons).
  • Provide a doctor’s note in the case of long-term illness or injury.
  • Encourage pupils to take part in school sports clubs and inter - form sport.
  • Participate in physical activity with their children or support their participation in sport outside school by working on key skills suggested by the PE department.
  • Ensure PE staff are aware of their son/daughters participation in sport away from school to enable the department to support the student in the best possible way.
  • Ensure that medical information regarding their children is kept up to date with the school office.
  • In Year 9, discuss the most suitable option to enhance their son/daughters physical education experience by choosing either GCSE PE, BTEC Sport or Dance. Please see Year 9 Option Handbook or a member of the PE Department.

General information

Extra–Curricular Sport: A wide range of sporting activities is provided for pupils to take part in after school, these are advertised in the College News, on the TTC website and on TTC PE Twitter page (@TTCPE)

The school runs teams in rugby, hockey (boys & girls), netball (boys & girls), football (boys & girls), volleyball (boys & girls), rounders (boys & girls), cricket (boys & girls), horse riding (boys & girls), swimming (boys & girls) and athletics (boys & girls). Fixtures will be published in the College News, on the Home page of the College website and on the TTC PE twitter page.

All pupils are encouraged to take part in inter–form sporting activities which will run throughout the year.

Information on local clubs is advertised in the PE Department on the notice boards and on TTC twitter page. 

Recent Announcements

  • U16s - National Volleyball competition; round two. At the second round of this competition, we found ourselves playing away in a pool with Boswells A, Boswells B and Cherwell volleyball team. We had to win two out ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2017, 06:46 by Amy Deamer
  • SKI with TTC USA SKI with TTC in the beautiful resort of Sunday River, Maine USA between 30 March 2018 – 6 April 2018 (Easter) to find our more on this event please click here ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2017, 03:01 by Amy Deamer
  • Student's Swimming Success Well done to TTC student Ellie Challis who swims with Colchester’s Phoenix Swimming Club. The club attended the Epping Yuletide Gala in December where all of the clubs swimmers ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2017, 02:54 by Amy Deamer
  • Football Trials Football trials for the next two weeks for league game selectionTuesday 10 January & Tuesday 17 JanuaryYear 7 Boys Mr SmithWednesday 11 January & Wednesday 18 JanuaryYear 9 ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2017, 04:58 by Amy Deamer
  • TTC Rugby Review of the season and NESSA Finals 24 November 2016 Year 7: Year 7 Squad: Finlay Wilkins, Hayden O’Brien, Alex Woodcock, Kalum Camfield, Oliver Dann, Louis Walker, Oliver Scott, Ethan Wigger-Edwards, Jaden Barrell, Liam Warren, Jensen Hardes and ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2016, 01:25 by Amy Deamer
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