At Southgate, the department aim to provide a high quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Whilst the curriculum is composed of a wide range of activities, students are strongly encouraged to develop a comprehensive mastery of all of the core skills and techniques required.
The departmental ethos is such that students are challenged to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Designated programmes in Health Related Fitness naturally help, but staff organise lessons in order that students can be physically active for sustained periods of time. The need to lead healthy, active lifestyles is impressed upon students with the aim being to encourage the students themselves to accept responsibility for their own lifelong health and fitness.
Physical Education has a broad role to play in the development of the individual at Southgate, after all, opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline are all characteristics that improve readily in the environment that is created within lessons.
Enrichment opportunities feature prominently in the weekly sporting calendar aimed at helping students to develop and extend their skills in a wide range of sports. Extra-curricular activities ranging from recreational clubs and school team training, through friendly matches to fully competitive league and cup fixtures against Enfield and Middlesex schools provide this much needed extra level of challenge. Staff give tirelessly of their time to provide such opportunities.
On-site facilities used for the delivery of Physical Education are as follows:
A 3G astro-turf pitch which is only two years old, a very well-appointed 4 badminton court sized sports hall, a newly refurbished fitness suite with a fine range of cardio and weight machines and also a gymnasium equipped with four trampolines. Further outdoor facilities include a new Multi Use Games Area with 6 football goals and basketball rings. In addition, the department have the use of a recently resurfaced hard play area which can provide 6 netball courts or 9 tennis courts depending on the season.
Mr N Robinson - Head of Department