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Orchard School Bristol

Sports & Health 

Winning… starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don't win, how can you lose?”                                   
                                                                                                                    Jesse Owens

Our curriculum aims to offer all students diverse sporting opportunities, in order to instil a passion for physical activity, fitness and health. We reward effort and celebrate excellence and we recognise that every student has the potential to exceed their perceived limits. 

Staff Profiles

  • Mrs Lea Pemberton-Heard, BSc (Hons), PGCE - Head of Faculty

I graduated from the Gyndwr University North Wales with a degree in Sports Science and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education PE at the University of East Anglia. I have a particular interest in Sports Sociology and Adolescent development and wellbeing. My sports specialism is in dance, gymnastics and trampolining, and I am passionate that there is a sport for everyone.

  • Mr Phil Keeling-Burton, BSc (Hons), PGCE - Second in Sports and Health

I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Sport Education and went on to train as a teacher. I am passionate about inclusivity in sport. I have a particular interest in anatomy and physiology and science in sports education as well as rugby, volleyball, and badminton. I am the Duke of Edinburgh's Award  Manager at Orchard and hold the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership. 

  • Mr Tom Fisher, BA (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett) with a degree in Physical Education, and went on to complete a PGCE at the same university. Originally from Hull, Yorkshire, I have a passion for rugby league, as well as enjoying playing in a touch rugby team. Other than sports, I also love gardening and the outdoors. I am a Health and Social Care examiner.

  • Mr Daniel Pitt, BSc (Hons), PGCE 

I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Sports Science and Finance. I then went on to an early career in sports management before completing my teacher training. I am passionate about providing the best opportunities for learning for all young people and promoting heathy and active lifestyles. I achieved a qualification in educational leadership through the SSAT in 2012, and am currently completing my National Professional Leadership Qualification for Senior Leaders. 

  • Ms Sophia Sow, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a degree in Sports Development and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education PE at the University of the West of England. I have a particular interest in providing young people with equal opportunity in PE, allowing students to try new sports and activities, hopefully enabling them to find something they really enjoy. My sport specialism is athletics and I am interested in anything health, fitness and wellbeing related.

  • Ms Charlotte Strickland, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan with a First Class Honours degree in Sport and Physical Education. I have a particular interest in sports psychology and promoting resilience in students and a sports specialism of hockey . I am the ITT and NQT lead at Orchard.

  • Mr Jack Staynings, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from the University of Worcester with a degree in Physical Education & Sport Studies. I continued at the same institute to complete a PGCE with IT as a second subject. I am a member of the Chartered College of Teaching. I have always had a keen interest in technology-enhanced learning, which has recently led to an opportunity to be TiLA Trust Leader in Digital Learning. I lead the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Orchard.


 Curriculum Features 

Core PE -  The Orchard curriculum is personalised; every student has the opportunity to design their own fitness plan, tailored to their own needs. This starts in Year 7 and continues through their school years. Students learn about motivation and set themselves challenging but achievable goals. We teach sports, such as rugby, netball, football, volleyball, basketball, badminton, hockey and table tennis.  We learn activities such as orienteering, gymnastics and dance. Our curriculum includes newer sports too, such as handball, kabaddi, parkour and trampolining. This broad range of sports allows students to experience the world as they may not have before; their eyes are opened to a world of possibilities to take with them into adulthood.  

We understand sports and health as a science and an ever-advancing field. Our curriculum includes advanced teaching of physiology, the biomechanics of movement, and modern advances in technology. Our curriculum is kept up to date with the current issues in sport – our students learn about controversies in sport and the impact of new technology, such as VAR and laser-pacing technology. 

At Key Stage 4 students can study Sport Science and BTEC Health and Social Care.  

In Sport Science students learn how science underpins sport at all levels.  Students learn about anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, improving personal fitness and the role of psychology in improving performance.  Students also explore technology and sports nutrition.

In Health and Social care students explore how humans develop physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally over time. Students discover how people adapt to life events and changes and produce a project in which they track a human through three stages of life.  The course also covers health and social care services: care values, service-users and clients.

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