We believe that all students should enjoy their PE lessons and experience a range of sporting activities, combined with a deep understanding of technical, tactical and relevant theoretical knowledge.
We aim to give our students the physical skills and confidence to pursue an active lifestyle to support their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We endeavour to provide opportunities to develop confidence as an individual and in teams, through sporting opportunities in school PE lessons, sports leadership and intra/inter school competitions.
There are numerous opportunities to further develop their sporting prowess through our extensive extra-curricular programme; these are based on the seasonal sports and practices are held during the lunchtime and after school. Students can represent the school in a variety of sports, including netball, handball, hockey, basketball, football, rugby, cross-country, athletics, swimming, rowing, rounders, cricket, table tennis and dance. School teams regularly participate in formal County, Cup, League and Plate competitions throughout the year. The include events such as the North Cornwall Youth Games in the spring term and a number of Cornwall School Game qualifiers during the Winter and Spring terms. We have strong links with local sports clubs; Bude Netball, Football, Nippers Surf Lifesaving, Rugby, Waveriders and Bideford Blacks Handball Club, in particular.
We endeavour to promote the opportunity to further skills and performance by sign posting students to these clubs. We are fortunate to have a member of staff in our department who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award scheme. Many students opt to carry out their bronze and silver awards. The benefits of doing DoE are endless; such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork.
We have been recognised as the National Sports Leadership Academy of the Year 2019. We have a pathway that begins in Year 7 Students; where they all study the Young Sports Leaders Award in the Summer Term. This exposes them to the world of sports leadership. From here they then can sign up to our approved Sports Leadership Programmes in Year 10 and 6th Form, in order to gain the SLQ Sports Leadership Qualification in Level 1 & 3 Sports Leadership.
During Year 10 the Level 1 qualification is delivered throughout the core curriculum and the leaders must demonstrate a minimum of one hour’s leadership experience. In 6th Form, the Level 3 qualification is taught through lunch time and the leaders will demonstrate a minimum of thirty leadership hours in three different target groups. By doing the Level 3 qualification, leaders will gain 16 UCAS points (more information in the KS5 tab below)
It provides the opportunity for students to learn how to plan, prepare and evaluate events/tournaments in a safe environment, manage behaviour, motivate and inspire others and become adaptable. Students will consequently develop skills such as communication, teamwork, self-management and problem solving as well as their self-belief. By doing this qualification, it will make our students much more employable, more active in and around Bude, definitely much more confident in their abilities, they become more focussed on their own development, it makes them stand out from the crowd and certainly they become more valuable to others.
Sports Leaders will run sporting events to our local Primary Schools, coordinated by BCL Manager, Rob Francis. They include multi-skills festivals, tournaments in sports such as netball, football and tag rugby. Each year, we also run a big pre-school book event. The sports leaders all dress up and simulate activities that correspond to events that happen in the book. This event alone sees around 400 3-5 year olds from our surrounding pre-schools walk through our doors over a course of two days; it is incredible! Previous books include the Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt amongst many others.