Building confidence through physical education
At St Piers School, we don’t believe that conditions like epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) or profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) should be a barrier to children being able to exercise, play games and stay fit.
That’s one of the things that makes us stand out as a special school.
Equal access for every pupil
We have a range of facilities on our campus in Lingfield, including a gym, sports hall, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor gym and multi use games area, aqua centre and a number of other outdoor pursuits. Using these, our physical education department makes sure every pupil has equal access to physical education. Our latest additions to the campus are inclusive for all young people:
- Howe Outdoor Gym and Multi Use Games Area The games area gives us a fantastic and versatile space to play a wide variety of games and sports outside all year round. In can be used for both team and individual sports. The state of the art outdoor gym has a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines catering to a wide range of abilities
- Peter Harrison Aqua Centre Our 16.5m x 6m swimming pool in the Peter Harrison Aqua Centre has hoisting facilities so is accessible to all our young people. It is also being used to deliver several lifesaving and swim teaching courses to upscale our staff
We want children to feel motivated to develop their individual potential, regardless of their ability. That’s why we create individually tailored programmes and choose activities that pupils can enjoy success with.
As they get better at managing themselves and their bodies, their confidence starts to grow – and not just in physical ability either.
Physical education plays an important role in other areas of the curriculum by improving communication, numeracy and ICT skills. This has a knock on effect on the progress pupils make in their studies and personal development.
How we measure progress
Knowing that we are doing the best we can for our students is vital to our work.
We have highlighted certain groups of students to receive extra sessions in addition to their two hour allocation.