The school provides the recommended 2 hours of high quality Physical Education per week to all pupils in Key Stage 2 & 3 and in addition, adds a wide range of other activities to surpass Government targets.
The Physical Education course covers all the major traditional team and individual sports, and also embraces the New National initiatives in the subject. The opportunities for pupils to participate in sport outside of the normal curriculum are vast. All pupils are encouraged to participate in clubs, whatever their ability.
The ethos of Marden Bridge is that sport is for everyone. All PE clubs at Marden Bridge are provided free of charge.
PE staff hold nationally recognised qualifications for all major sports, and are constantly upgrading their qualifications. The facilities for Physical Education at Marden Bridge are unrivalled anywhere in the region. It reflects in the investment level of PE that the summer of 2013 saw the £80,000 upgrade of the sports hall floor.
Many activities are mixed and teams are offered in all age groups. Many pupils gained representative honours in the above sports.
The school won many trophies during the year including local and regional championships. We are gaining a regional reputation for our excellence in Indoor Athletics and Girl’s Rugby League. The successes of the school Football teams is exceptional, with both the boys and girls dominating the North Tyneside championships in recent seasons.
Last year the school ran over 50 teams, playing over 250 fixtures.
Pupils are also given the opportunity to play sport in many different venues. Each year the rugby teams travel west to play Cumbrian opposition, whilst the soccer teams travel to Cumbria and Aberdeen each year to tour. The school has developed links with many of the local sports clubs, to enable our pupils to make the transition to clubs outside of school a smooth one.
However, this is not the whole story, success in sport is a welcome bonus, but it is not our primary focus. Our primary objectives are that children progress in, and enjoy competing in sport. A testament to this is that over 80% of all pupils attended an after school club, and over 50% of all pupils represented the school in sporting competitions and festivals over the last year.
We pride ourselves on providing a broad PE curriculum in a supportive atmosphere, using ever stronger links with Literacy and ICT, to develop a broader skills base for all children. A place where pupils can learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, enjoy a variety of physical activities, have the opportunity to improve and maintain physical skills and fitness, and create positive social connections through good sportsmanship.