Physical Education is introduced as a GCSE subject in the Fourth Year and provides progression in the form of a popular A level course in the Sixth Form. Both courses are well established and taught by a team of experienced teachers, led by the Director of Sport, Mr Andy Guest. GCSE was first examined in 2000 and we currently follow the CIE IGCSE specification. The A level course was first examined in 2006 and we offer the AQA specification. At both GCSE and A level, we consistently achieve impressive value-added attainment. Many pupils have gone on to study sports related degree courses at university.
Our aim is that all pupils leave Yarm School having had a positive and enjoyable experience of the physical education programme. The skills and understanding they acquire will enable them to follow a healthy lifestyle long after they have left school. As a traditional school, team games and the ethos behind them form the background to our programme. They are a fundamental part of the general school ethos and, as such, are viewed as part of our core curriculum. We attempt to establish a balance between breadth and depth; balancing commitments to the sports we focus on each term in games lessons, and the wish to give pupils a wide and varied physical education through the timetabled lessons and activities. The major games for each term are supported with a comprehensive fixture list. Team players are expected to attend weekly team practices and matches. In addition to this, the weekly activities sessions allow pupils to undertake a wide range of sports that in many cases will have been initially covered in their P.E. lessons. In Games lessons at certain times in the year pupils are given a degree of choice as to which sports are pursued.
The redevelopment project at the school has enhanced our facilities and enables us to offer outstanding provision. For example, we have a purpose-built dance studio, a brand new full-length Astro and an award-winning boathouse training facility. There is also a fitness room with specific weight and cardio vascular training areas. There are extensive all-weather outdoor playing facilities for tennis, netball, cricket and hockey, while football and rugby are played at our nearby Green Lane and Aislaby pitches. The school is very fortunate to be beside the River Tees, which borders The Friarage. Both canoeing and rowing are practised throughout the year. Pupils are taught by a team of P.E. specialists and experienced coaches from the academic subject staff. In addition, we employ professional coaches in rowing, hockey and cricket