Overview of the faculty:
Across the Sport faculty we aim to deliver an outstanding range of teaching and provision which will give our students the opportunity to shine. Whatever sport or activity, excellence is paramount within our whole philosophy, driving the culture for learning within the faculty.
Students study a wide range of courses at Key stage 3, 4 and 5. Added to that, we offer a range leadership awards and workshops aimed at further engaging and stretching our students, such as Young Leaders Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award, NVQ and FA Coaching Awards and links to coaching opportunities with Challenger Soccer, USA.
Enrichment is fundamental to our success at the Academy. We offer a huge range of after-school clubs on a weekly basis, coupled with a full list of fixtures and clubs for our students to participate in. We also organise a variety of trips and activities to bolster and develop student’s flair, character and confidence.
All students in Key stage 3&4 are required to wear the full school PE kit for all lessons. The Academy follows one simple rule- “All the Kit, All the time”. This enables students to participate as a coach, referee or assistant to the PE teacher within the lesson. PE kit is available to purchase from the school directly, throughout the year. Students are kindly reminded to remove all jewellery before participating in any activity and to wear suitable footwear.
|Boys Kit||Girls Kit|
|1 football top (long sleeved)||1 fleece top|
|1 navy polo shirt||1 navy polo shirt|
|1 navy shorts||1 navy shorts OR tracksuit bottom OR OBA Leggings
|1 pair navy socks||1 pair white socks|
|1 towel||1 towel|
|1 swimming shorts (navy)||1 swimming costume (navy)|
Competitions are held each half term and count towards the overall year’ scores. In summer term, the department host ‘National School Sports Week’ –in which the final inter-house competition is held for the year.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and participate in team competitions. In addition, the PE department organise student trips both locally and abroad on an annual basis. The trips are hugely successful and well attended. Enrichment clubs include:
Boys Football, Basketball, Rugby, Handball, Volleyball, Badminton, Golf Driving range, Table Tennis, Fitness, Athletics, Sports Leaders, Duke of Edinburgh, Netball, Girls football, Trampoline club, Swimming, FA level 1 Football Coaching, Goalkeeper Academy, and many more.
As part of the ‘Change for Life’ programme, students have had the opportunity to engage in a new sport: Fencing. Students have enjoyed fencing in both PE lessons and as part of extra-curricular clubs.
OBA worked in partnership with Gareth Haggerty from the Widnes Vikings in an attempt to develop Rugby amongst both girls and boys in key stage 3 PE. The girls entered the Halton Rugby tournament for the first time this year and finished 3rd. The students have really enjoyed the sessions and have engaged in extracurricular rugby clubs.
Skipathon / Dodgeball for British Heart Foundation
As part of the ‘Be Healthy’ strand for ECM, students took part in a sponsored skipathon / dodgeball tournament’s in order to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Students from Years 7 and 8 raised over £300 for the charity through this event.
Key Stage 4 – Fitness Suite Access
Students from Years 10 and 11 are able to access the fitness suite during lesson time in order to try and promote the importance of staying healthy out of school time, after school and to try and promote the gym usage available to them in their local area. Students have enjoyed the sessions so much that they have bought teen gym memberships at Brookvale recreation Centre and access this after school most nights.
Rock Climbing in PE
The Year 11s and Sixth Formers took part in a six week unit of Rock Climbing for their GCSE Moderation. The group visited Awesome Walls in Liverpool every Wednesday. The unit was a great success and pupils enjoyed developing teamwork, leadership and their confidence through Rock Climbing.
6th Form Free Swim
During the spring term we introduced afternoon free swim to sixth form students in an attempt to engage them in more physical activity. The uptake was good and students seemed to have fun away from their studies.
As part of the ‘Be Healthy’ ECM day students were able to experience Zumba as a promotion for clubs and activities which are fun but keep us physically active. All the students responded positively to the sessions and we hope to have some more set up in the autumn term.
OBA worked alongside the Mersey Tigers to promote Basketball within the academy. Both boys and girls from all year groups have enjoyed working with the Mersey Tiger coaches and responded positively to the Extracurricular clubs. The Year 8 boys’ team entered the Halton borough basketball tournament at Bankfield School and walked away as champions.
Table Tennis is a popular sport at OBA and there has been a huge interest from students across all year groups. Students have represented the academy at tournaments for this sport.