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Orchard School Bristol

Sports & Health 

Curriculum rationale

“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

In sports and health, we inspire students to participate in a diverse sporting curriculum which develops skills and expertise. We recognise the importance of a positive relationship between students' physical, social and mental health, alongside the thrill of competition. We empower students to be well-rounded and confident individuals who foster a lifelong passion for physical activity, and to be able to demonstrate respect, cooperation and resilience.

 Journey on a Page

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Invasion games: Football, Hockey, Handball, Basketball, Rugby, Netball
  • Aesthetics: Gymnastics (floor), Dance
  • Striking and fielding: Rounders, Cricket
  • Health related fitness (first aid)
  • Athletics: javelin, long jump, relay, sprints, middle distance
  • Net games: Tennis (short)
  • Invasion games: Football, Hockey, Handball, Basketball, Rugby, Netball
  • Aesthetics: Gymnastics (vaulting), Dance
  • Striking and fielding: Rounders, Cricket
  • Health related fitness (first aid)
  • Athletics: shot put, triple jump, relay, sprints, middle distance
  • Net games: Tennis (singles)
  • Invasion games: Football, Hockey, Handball, Basketball, Rugby, Netball
  • Aesthetics: Gymnastics (Parkour) and Dance
  • Striking and fielding: Rounders, Cricket
  • Health related fitness (first aid)
  • Athletics: shot put, triple jump, relay, sprints, middle distance
  • Net games: Tennis (doubles), Volleyball

Year 10

Year 11

Year 10 core - Play, coach, officiate

  • Games -football, basketball, hockey, rounders, softball
  • Leisure games – badminton, table tennis
  • Alternate games – bench ball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee

Year 11 core - Play, coach, officiate

  • Games -football, basketball, hockey, rounders, softball
  • Leisure games – badminton, table tennis
  • Alternate games – bench ball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee
Year 10 OCR Sports Science
  • Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance
  • The body’s response to physical activity and how technology informs this OR Nutrition and sports performance
Year 11 OCR Sports Science
  • Sports nutrition
  • Reducing the risk of sports injury

Year 10 OCR Health and Social Care
  • Supporting individuals through life events
  • Creative and therapeutic activities OR Health promotion campaigns
Year 11 OCR Health and Social Care
  • Principles of care in health and social care
Orchard students learn to:
  • Develop their own practice, make healthy lifestyle decisions based on experience and research, can perform as part of a team and lead others.
  • Communicate clearly, cooperate to get the best outcomes for themselves and the team.
  • Be confident in trying new experiences.
Enrichment opportunities:
Basketball, Gymnastics & Dance academies (self-selection in pursuit of excellence). Competitive and recreational clubs based on season (different for girls and boys), festivals and leagues. Non curriculum sport (lacrosse, kabaddi, trampolining, softball, ultimate frisbee, street hockey, badminton)
Education and Employability:
The Sports and Health journey develops skills for careers in performance, analysis, communication. teamwork, coaching in sports and a breadth of knowledge in physical, mental, and social wellbeing that link into medical, allied professions and social care careers.

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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 Josh Court, BA (Hons), PGCE - Second in Faculty

I graduated from Hartpury University with a degree in Sports Performance. I went on to complete my PGCE in Secondary Education PE at the University of the West of England (UWE). I am passionate about inclusivity in sport, and for all students to learn the benefits of exercise and how it can contribute positively to their wellbeing. I have particular interests in Strength and Conditioning as well as Sports Psychology. My sport specialism is cricket, having played at county level.

  • Mr Tom Fisher, BA (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University 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.

  • Miss Audrey Gunn, BSc (Hons), PGCE 

I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a degree in Sport, Physical Education and Health and went on to complete my PGCE at Bath Spa University. I have an interest in outdoor learning and the impact that the outdoors can have on overall wellbeing. My specialist sports are football and tennis and I have gained level 1 coaching qualifications in football and basketball. 

  • Mr Elliott Ripley

I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a 1st class Degree in Sport and Physical Education. I went on to work as a Learning Support Assistant to broaden my understanding of working with children with SEND before completing a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education at Bath Spa University. I am passionate about providing all children with positive experiences of physical activity, whatever their background may be. Outside school I am a Level 1 certified CrossFit coach, and my specialisms lie in Health and Fitness and Football.  

  • 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 led to an opportunity to be TiLA Trust Leader in Digital Learning. I lead the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Orchard.

  • Ms Lauren Stockley, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Sports Science and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education PE at the University of Birmingham. I have a keen interest in physiology and sports nutrition. I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring all young people have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports. My sports specialism is in hockey and swimming.