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:
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 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.
Our aims and objectives within the PE department are:-
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.