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Archbishop Tenison's

Church of England High School

Archbishop Tenison's CE High School
Selborne Road

Physical Education at Archbishop Tenison’s School

Sport at Archbishop Tenison’s has continued to develop. Tenison’s consistently has sporting news worthy of Headlines in the termly published ‘tenaciter’ newsletter. The last few years have seen Tenison’s teams reach numerous finals, place well at local competitions and a record number of pupils in individual sports and team sports have been crowned borough champions. The department has always been well regarding by our fellow colleagues in Croydon and we are now regularly competitive and successful in a number of activities. There are more than 50 school teams that compete throughout the academic year and every pupil that represents the school does so with pride and tenacity! We are very proud of them all.

Intra-school competition is also a big part of life at Tenisons. Our four houses Temple (Red), Fisher (Yellow), Ramsey (Blue) and Beckett (Green) compete regularly throughout each term in a variety of activities to find out who will be crowned Inter-house champions. In 2012-2013 Ramsey were named champions and Temple were again victorious at Sports Day.

Archbishop Tenison’s sporting success, is celebrated in assemblies, newsletters and at the Annual Sports Presentation Evening held at the school in June. Last year Mr John Budden was our guest speaker. He was educated at Archbishop Tenison school and afterwards studied English Literature at Lancaster University. He played professional football for Crystal Palace and St Johnstone in the late 1980s and early 1990s before becoming a teacher. His first novel ‘Everything Happens in August’ was published in 2010. Link to summery/presentation/nominees etc.

Our Aims:

To provide students with as many positive experiences as possible in sport and physical activity so that they continue to be active when they leave their education. To develop pupils performances in a range of activities and roles.

Our Expectations:

All pupils do their best to improve their performance and to be organised.


At key stage 3 pupils have 150 mins of PE. In double lessons pupils are taught in both mixed gender and single gender groups depending on the activity. These groups are often split by ability. In single lessons pupils are taught in mixed groups of gender and ability. Link to KS3 curriculum.

At key stage 4 all pupils receive 150mins of PE. Pupils select a route way to follow. Pupils choose GCSE PE, a sports leadership course or core PE. Over 40 % of a cohort regularly want to study PE at GCSE. 80% A-C is our benchmark. Link to KS4 curriculum.

At key stage 5 pupils can study A level Physical Education. A level PE receives 250 mins per week. A High percentage of A level pupils go on to study Sports related courses at University. Students are also able to choose to study for the Level 2 or level 3 Community Sports Leadership Award. These pupils make up the post 16 ‘Leadership Academy’. At KS5 all pupils have the opportunity to be part of Competitive sports teams. All pupils take some part in ‘Wednesday afternoon sport’ or ‘community action’. Link to KS5 curriculum.

Extra-Curricular sport is thriving. All year groups have competitive teams in Football, Basketball, Netball, Rugby League (Boys and Girls), Cricket, Rounders and Athletics (includes sportshall athletics teams). Teams also compete at Inter-school level in Rugby Union, Swimming, Table-Tennis and Cross Country. The school is very successful within the borough and is importantly also regarded as one of the most reliable and competitive schools. Regular opportunities to provide experiences of elite sport are provided throughout the year. E.g. A trip to watch top level basketball and a Ski-trip runs each year for KS4 pupils.

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