Final year GCSE PE students are taking part in sporting challenges as part of the practical element of the three year course.
The 15-16-year-old cohort is able to choose to focus on a particular activity, including rock climbing, table tennis, trampolining and basketball – all disciplines provided by Gad’s Hill School.
Each GCSE PE student is required to compile video evidence of physical progress in their chosen field. Former gymnast Ruby, 15, and classmates spend time each week at local specialist trampoline complex, Jumpers Rebound Centre practising and perfecting their skill set.
Ruby said: “Being able to choose from such a wide range of sports means that we can all perform to the best of our ability. Many of us belong to teams and clubs outside of school and incorporating our training experience into our coursework is a real benefit.”
A member of Jumper’s Elite Competition Squad, Ruby is certainly proving her abilities and recently impressed her coach and friends with a double back somersault.
Taking PE at GCSE requires much more than just a love of sport. Modules studied at GCSE PE include Applied Anatomy & Physiology, which looks at the long and short-term effects of exercise; Physical Training, covering health and safety and sports injuries and treatments and Performance Analysis, which details personal exercise programmes.