The Physical Education department believes in developing knowledge and understanding to facilitate pupils to become independent learners. Pupils will develop physical, social, cognitive and affective skills enabling them to have the desired aim of becoming involved in life long active sport and leisure.
We aim to give all students the opportunity to learn and enjoy a variety of physical activities whilst educating them about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and regular exercise. We offer qualifications in AS & A2 Physical Education in key stage 5 and short course and full course GCSE in key stage 4.
In Year 7 students complete a baseline test on their induction day. The baseline is a simple series of tests on speed, strength, stamina and co-ordination. This information allows the department to set the students for both their Single PE (SPE) & Double PE (DPE) lessons.
These lessons are set against English, and therefore students cannot change once they have been placed into the set. Single PE lessons will be based at school and the gentlemen will take part in a range of activities, including Gymnastics, Fitness, Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Football and Striking and Fielding.
The whole year group will be on DPE at the same time, and therefore the students are able to move groups accordingly. ‘Top Set’ will normally have two members of staff and will work with 30-40 students. DPE Lessons are based at our playing fields, Hartfield which are a mile away from the main school site. Students walk down to Hartfield in groups during break or form time so that we can maximize the amount of physical activity in lesson time. In the summer term we also use the athletics track at Ken Marriot leisure centre.
Our facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, a fitness suite (incorporating 10 rowing machines) and the Hart Field which hosts 4 rugby pitches, a grass cricket square, 3 outdoor cricket nets, a football pitch and a full sized all weather pitch, with 12 tennis courts during the summer term
We offer a large range of extra-curricular activities with rugby, hockey and cricket being very popular and successful. Athletics & football are being more popular as the department is growing to accommodate new activities. We have strong links with community sports clubs are links with local clubs including table tennis
Extra curricular sporting activities are promoted and provided within the school with competition is seen as a vital learning experience. There have been several sporting tours in recent years, including South Africa (rugby), Canada (rugby), Barbados (cricket) and Manchester (hockey).
Lawrence Sheriff School works with a House System. There are four Houses, each named after an important person from the school’s past. The Houses are:
- Caldecott (Purple)
- Simpson (Green)
- Tait (Red)
- Wheeler (Blue)
These Houses compete in several sporting competitions throughout the year. Results are collated and scores given. The House with the most points will collect the Parents’ Trophy in the House Awards Assembly in July. Competitions include:
- Cross country (Wheeler Plate)
- Table Tennis
These competitions either take place during DPE, lunchtime or special half days depending upon the events and the timetable.
All competitions are year based, with the exception of the Wheeler Plate. The Wheeler Plate is a cross-county replay race near the Hartfield. 10 runners are needed from the whole school for each of the Houses to compete.
Outdoor Physical Education Uniform
This uniform will be used for the double physical education lesson in the autumn and spring term. The uniform will consist of the following:
- LSS House Rugby Shirt – the reversible colour (dependent upon the House)
- Navy blue rugby shorts
- Navy blue socks
- Navy blue tracksuit bottoms (without zips) during extreme weather
- Rugby/football boots
- Shin pads
- Mouth guard - COMPULSORY
- Scrum cap (non compulsory)
Indoor Physical Education Uniform
This uniform will be used for the single physical education lessons, and the summer double physical education lessons. The uniforms consists of the following:
- White Polo Shirt with House Colour (dependent upon the House)
- Plain white shorts
- Plain white socks
- Non-marking white sport trainers
No student will be allowed to partake in any activity without the correct physical education uniform.
If a student fails to bring the correct PE uniform then they may use the Department’s ‘spare kit’. The kit is situated in the filing cabinet in the P.E office.
Physical Education Ill or Injured Policy (information given to the students)
- If you are ill or injured and feel that you need to be excused from physical education then you will need to bring in a letter from your parent or guardian.
- You are required to attend this lesson as this letter will excuse you from physical activity and not from the lesson.
- You are assessed on 5 areas, of which only 2 are practical and therefore you are still able to gain a high level of knowledge and understanding of physical activity.
- Furthermore you will be required to bring your physical education kit. You will be allowed to bring extra suitable layers, navy blue tracksuit and a rain jacket to wear.
- This will enable you to get changed into dry clothes if it does rain during your lesson.
Merits are given with the discretion of the member of staff, apart from the Hospital Run and MSFT where there is a set criteria. Merits are collected and added towards the House total.
House Colours (a material badge with the House emblem) are given to students who have represented their House in one of the House Competitions. House Colours are given for outstanding attainment, effort or spirit. House Colours are presented at the House Assembly in July.
Junior Colours (Year 7-11)
Junior Colours (a school tie) are given to students who have reached or performed at a higher standard for the school, for example being selected for Midlands or winning a regional competition. Junior Colours are presented at the House Assembly in July.
Senior Colours (Year 12-13)
Senior Colours (a school tie) are given to students who have reached or performed at a higher standard for the school, for example being selected for Midlands or winning a regional competition. Senior Colours are presented at the House Assembly in July.
Students are awarded individual trophies for their sporting performance over the course of the sporting season. Awards include ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ for the vast majority of sports.
Paul Mason was an extremely talented all round athlete who was passionate about physical activity and sport, and valued the opportunities he was offered at Lawrence Sheriff School. Paul not only represented the school, district and county at sport he was committed to house sport, recognized its importance and competed in all activities.
This award holds a major honour.
Extra Curricular Sport
We pride ourselves here at LSS in our commitment to providing the very best extra curricular sport to our students.
We have representative teams in all sports and enter all competitions both locally and nationally. We have had great success over the years in a whole host of sports from Cross county to Table Tennis as well as in our more traditional sports of Cricket, Football, Hockey and Rugby.
We have an extensive fixture list in all sports and hold regular structured training sessions with the support of local community sports clubs and coaches.
We strive to help all of our students in their extra curricular sports and provide support wherever necessary.
All of our extra curricular information can be found at schoolssports.com.