Work within the P.E. Department is designed to support, contribute and to complement the aims of the school by providing equality of access for all pupils to a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum.

The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the pupils; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor education. Pupils will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, spectators and referees/umpires/officials.

Lessons and schemes of learning are structured to allow pupils the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the pupils. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. The atmosphere of lessons is such that pupils gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where pupil success is positively reinforced.

The development of tolerance, a sense of fair play and good sporting behaviour are considered to be essential elements of the learning process. Pupils will regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where pupils are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. In all situations empathy is paramount where pupils cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others.

It is intended that the programme offered, together with an awareness of leisure opportunities within the community, will help to fulfil their sporting potential both within the school and through extra- curricular activities and clubs. Healthy living and lifestyle choices are promoted to motivate pupils to adopt a positive attitude to activity. As pupils enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education and have the option to follow a GCSE PE examination course. Together we endeavor to support pupils to acquire those skills and attitudes conducive to involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle, now and for the future.

Ribblesdale School has a national reputation for its sporting achievements and the School also takes great pride in offering a broad range of sporting opportunities for all pupils, whatever their aptitudes and abilities. Both boys' and girls' sport embraces 'Excellence' and 'Sport for All' – the two are not mutually exclusive and co-exist comfortably, enabling Ribblesdale pupils to benefit from a huge variety of sporting opportunities.

Almost all sports are open to both boys and girls, all utilise excellent facilities and a knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaching team work tirelessly with pupils to ensure that they enjoy their sport and fulfil their potential.

Sporting Achievements

  • English Schools Football finalists Year 10 boys
  • British Schools Biathlon Championships Aquatics Centre London
  • British Schools Ski Team Winners
  • Winners of the Lancashire Schools Football Cup Year 10
  • Lancashire Schools Football, Netball, Badminton, Cricket, Cross Country, Athletics, Golf
  • Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools, Football, Badminton, Rounders, Rugby, Cricket
  • Athletics, Indoor Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Rugby, Cross Country
  • Look for the extra curricular programme to see what we offer after school.