The Gateway School & Technology College
'working for maximum success for each individual'

Physical Education

With our outstanding facilities we provide access to the full breadth of activities outlined in the National Curriculum. The ‘whole-part-whole’ method of teaching is used to initially engage the pupils because they thrive on the competitiveness offered by the game scenario. Once engagement is achieved, skill development is introduced.


The pupils are offered accreditation through Entry Level Physical Education. The primary focus here is on the practical aspects of Physical Education, but there is an element whereby the pupils are assessed on their ability evaluate their own and others‘ performance and suggest ways in which the performance can be improved.


The pupils are taught swimming in Years 7&8 at the school’s own pool.


We also have a weights room on site where the pupils learn how to develop their technique safely and develop an understanding of how to work out in a gym.


Inter-school sporting events are organised through the School Sports Partnership and the Project Ability Scheme. They offer a wide range of opportunities through leagues in football and basketball, mini tournaments plus a variety of coaching sessions in a variety of new and different sports, for example, Goal Ball.


We have good links with Northampton Town Football Club through their Football in the Community programme and we have coaching sessions delivered by Northampton Saints Rugby Club.


We are at present in the initial stages of developing a working relationship with the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust.


Outdoor Education experiences continue to be organised through the annual trip to the coast in conjunction with Fairfields School. In addition, we take groups each year to the Northamptonshire Water Sports Centre at Pitsford Water where groups attend a 4 week course as an introduction to dinghy sailing.


We also have good links with the Marines who invite us on days out to put the pupils through their paces.