Brighouse High School is proud of its sporting tradition and over the past three years has taken steps to broaden the range of sports and increase levels of participation in both traditional and new activities.
Key stage four students Jemma North, Zoe Horner, Tighe Maxwell Whitely and Harris Morris give an insight into the PE curriculum.
Everyone has a chance to take part in several sports during their PE lessons and to try out for school teams. There are traditional sports such as hockey, netball, football and rugby but also new sports like rock climbing and tchouk ball.
Duringthe last academic year the school was involved in a project to develop girl’s rugby; the initiative led to regular fixtures for the girls, a girls’ representative team and involvement at club level locally.
There is a programme of outdoor education which runs alongside the traditional PE curriculum. Students get the opportunity to go kayaking, skiing, horse riding and to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which is hugely popular amongst students.
As a school which is resourced for visually impaired students we have developed goal ball as an activity for all (sighted students play blindfolded) and boccia (a type of bowling) is available to students including those with a physical disability.
There are opportunities to get involved in the Junior Sports Leaders programme; part of the responsibility linked to this means that we help organise sports day for the local junior schools.
As well as playing in fixtures, sport also provides an opportunity for us to travel to different events and take part. The netball team tour the Isle of Man and the football team travels to Italy.
We are also lucky enough to get tickets to Premiership football games on some occasions.
We take part in the West Yorkshire Youth Games and had the chance to visit the Olympic park. One of our lasting memories was seeing Jess Ennis train and getting the chance to meet her at Leeds Metropolitan University last year.
Being involved in a range of sports in and out of school and being introduced to new challenges really helps you to develop as a person and to develop your social skills. You get to work in different teams with different people and improve your confidence and cooperation skills.
The sporting achievements and efforts are recognised at the end of each year with presentations at the Sports Ball, held at Brighouse Sports Club. Over 200 students attend the event and receive medals and certificates recognising their participation, performance and attitude.
The event is a great way to share each other’s success. Following the ceremony there is a meal and disco; a great way to celebrate sport at our school.