Mowbray strives to ensure each individual student has a positive experience when taking part in any physical activity within and beyond the curriculum. We have developed local, regional and national links to provide our students with the best opportunities available. As a special school, we are continuing to develop and modify our sports provision to suit the needs of our students.
In Key Stage 3 the majority of pupils are still developing their basic fundamental skills; therefore lessons are based more on learning skills and movement development. When ready we build on the fundamentals and develop pupil’s leadership skills. We have introduced Sports Education which focuses on leadership, teamwork, health and fitness and roles in sport. These sessions are practically based and involve competition which is a key aspect in the new curriculum.
In year 10 and 11 there is more choice in the curriculum. We focus on active participation and enjoyment our aim is to encourage our pupils to remain physically active once they leave school and part of this is to educate about the benefits of sport and physical activity.
We have a full range of sports on offer over the last year our pupils have participated in a variety of schemes of work including football, tag rugby, basketball, dodgeball, tennis, hockey, badminton, skateboarding, swimming, tchouckball, goalball, rebound therapy, cricket, rounders, gymnastics, dance, expressive movement, boccia, athletics, ultimate frisbee and golf. This year we have introduced kurling into the curriculum.
We have excellent links with the local community. We go swimming at Bedale Leisure Centre. We have had coaches come in voluntarily from Bedale Tennis Club, Bedale Football Club and Bedale Golf Club. AJ Academy Dance Company come in regularly to lead dance lessons and are currently running an after school dance club every Wednesday for secondary pupils. We work closely with Hambleton District council and regularly have Joe McKechnie a disability Sport Development Officer who comes in to coach our pupils.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 go swimming at Bedale Pool during the Wednesday rotation. We have a Key Stage 3 group which goes swimming every week.
We have a class in Key Stage 4 that swim on a regular basis as part of an ASDAN qualification.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 get the opportunity to have rebound therapy as part of PE lessons and on a Wednesday rotation. Specific pupils use the trampoline as part of a physical intervention programme.
Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the option to choose to study Sports Leadership Level 1 Award. This is a practical qualification in which learners must demonstrate their ability to lead others in a sport/activity. We currently have a 100% pass rate in the achievement of the qualification.