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The Curriculum

In the Physical Education department, we equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, both within school and outside of the classroom. Our broad and balanced curriculum not only develops students’ physical literacy, but enhances their interpersonal skills, from teamwork to leadership as well as building areas of self-esteem, well-being and confidence.

Engagement, enjoyment and opportunity for all is at the very heart of our curriculum. Students are exposed to a wide range of activities and experiences which challenges their physical, mental and social abilities. At Key Stage three all students study:

All students study Dance as part of the P.E curriculum. Units of work include; Performance Skills, Choreographic skills, Physical Theatre and Professional Work. These are taught by our three specialist Dance teachers.

Alongside promoting lifelong engagement in sport and physical activity, we believe in the value of fair and healthy competition. All students belong to a P.E house; Trott, Wiggins, Farah or Standing and at the end of every half-term, students join together to participate in inter-house competitions.

To enhance students’ learning, homework is set once a week. This consists of a short piece of reading followed by self-quizzing questions. Students are not required to submit this but are tested on the knowledge they have obtained once a term. Along with continuous practical assessment, this forms students’ assessment grades within Key Stage three.

At Key Stage four all students continue to study Physical Education as part of their curriculum. Through the exposure of a wide range of activities and experiences within Key Stage 3, we hope that by Key Stage four students have found areas of study they thrive upon and enjoy and so are given the opportunity to select which activities they study each term. We believe this opportunity enhances students’ likelihood of achieving lifelong engagement in physical activity and sport. Students are not set homework or given assessment grades at Key Stage four; having gained a vast amount of fundamental knowledge and skills at Key Stage three, we believe Physical Education at Key Stage four serves a very different purpose. Students come to P.E not only to continue to develop their knowledge, skills and interests, but to have a time and space in which they can escape the stress and pressures of everyday life; a key lesson, we hope all students can take away from their experience of Physical Education at Towers.

Students are also given the opportunity to study Physical Education as one of their option subjects. By doing so, students receive an additional two lessons of P.E a week. All students who select P.E as an option study the BTEC First Award in Sport. This is a vocational qualification which is the equivalent to one GCSE and is recognised by all providers of further education. It provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to progress into the world of sport and physical activity. Areas of study include Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Training for Personal Fitness, Leading Sport Activities and Practical Sports Performance.  Most students who study this qualification go on successfully studying it further within our Sixth Form at Key Stage 5.

At Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to study the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity; the equivalent of one A-Level or the Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity; the equivalent of two A-Levels.  Students also have the opportunity to join our highly successful Football Academy, run by Mr Albin. For more information about the Football Academy, please see below.

We pride ourselves on our extensive list of extra-curricular activities available to all students. These change termly, in line with the different sporting seasons. We also enter a vast amount and range of tournaments and fixtures within the Ashford and Shepway District. To learn more about our extra-curricular opportunities, please click here.

Extra-Curricular

At Towers we provide an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities for all students. Whether students want to try something new, meet new people or develop an existing interest, we encourage all students to attend at least one extra-curricular activity a week. For every activity that is offered on the curriculum, we provide an opportunity for students to enrich their knowledge, develop their talent and nurture their interest through our extra-curricular provision. Activities are offered to all year groups, but some are split per year group and others by key stage, depending on the activity or sport.

Alongside our extra-curricular activities, we provide students with the opportunity to represent Towers at sporting fixtures and events. Some of the sporting fixtures we offer include; Football, Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Badminton, Cross Country, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders and Cricket. Fixtures in these sports are offered to all year groups, for both male and female students depending on the uptake, interest and demand.

One of our most highly attended and successful extra-curricular provision is Cheerleading. This is run by one of Dance teachers and Cheerleading coach Miss Harverson. For more information about Cheerleading at Towers please see below.

Lastly, we believe in building strong links within the community and so frequently use our fantastic facilities to host a range of Primary School sporting events and tournaments. We hope this provides young students with the opportunity to experience high quality sport and physical activity in inspiring environments. At Towers, we are blessed with fantastic facilities, consisting of:

For more information regarding Physical Education at Towers, please contact the Faculty Lead Mrs Giles at p.giles@towers.school 

Cheerleading

Towers School Cheerleading has been running for 6 years and has been extremely successful in local, National and International competitions.  We currently have teams competing in level 1, 2 in cheerleading and 1, 2 and 3 in stunt teams.

Meet the teams

Towers Tabbies

Tabbies Cheerleading is open to all primary school students in years 4, 5 and 6. Tabbies

sessions take place on Thursdays in the gymnasium 15:45 – 16:30. The sessions are run by

our senior level 2 cheerleaders and Miss Harverson. Please contact Miss Harverson if you

would like to sign you child up on s.harverson@towers.school

Towers Tiggers – Youth Level 1

Towers Tiggers is open to all year 7 students and competes at Junior Level 1.  The team currently consists of 25 year 7 students and is run on Wednesdays during Enrichment time by Miss Pochin.  Towers Tiggers will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.

Towers Tigers – Junior Level 1

Towers Tigers is open to all years 8 and 9 students and competes at Junior level 1.  The team currently consists of 32 years 8 and 9 students and is run on Thursday during Enrichment time by Miss Harverson.  Towers Tigers will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.

Towers Tomcats – Senior Level 2

Towers Tomcats is a selected team through try outs at the start of the year and competes at Senior level 2.  The team currently consists of 32 years 8-11 students and is run on Tuesdays during Enrichment time by Miss Harverson.  Towers Tomcats will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.

Towers School Academy Team – Gold Dust

The Academy team are currently working towards competing in Level 2 stunts.  The Academy team are also completing a level 2 Dance Leadership Award and coaching primary school students cheerleading every Friday.  The Academy team will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.

Towers Aqua –Senior Stunt Level 3

Towers Aqua is our highest competing level stunt team.  Towers Aqua train every Friday after school.  Towers Aqua will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.  Towers Aqua coaches Towers Tabbies every Thursday and will be completing their first Cheer Leadership award this month

Towers Tornadoes – Staff Team Senior Level 1

Towers Tornadoes is a team consisting of 13 members of staff from Towers School.  The team will be competing in UKCA competition in May this year.

 

Holly & Olivia Copley made a video showing what it's like to be a Towers School cheerleader

 Football Academy

Proline FA deliver the School Football Programme at Towers School and Sixth Form Centre.

 

 

 Introduction

ProLine Football Academy are delighted to announce that we will be delivering the School Football Programme at Towers School and Sixth Form Centre for the coming academic year.

ProLine Football Academy is managed by Barry Jeffreys, Regional Coordinator for Arsenal FC Youth Academy in South London & Kent, whose objective is to identify talented and gifted players between the ages of 5 and 16 years.

Our philosophy is to enhance the development of football players across the four corners, whilst encouraging free flowing attacking football.

The programme we deliver at the school will follow this philosophy of free flowing creative football.

The overall objective being to deliver a high quality programme that will develop and enhance the players technical ability and tactical awareness; whilst providing potential exit routes to elite level football clubs, to find the correct environment for individual players.

  Programme Structure

Monday: Technical practice including assessment of match fixture performance from the

previous week.

Tuesday: Tactical practice including preparation for match fixture.

Wednesday: Match Fixture

Detail of Programme

Playing out from the back

Switching play

Quick Play / Breaking lines

Transitions

Defending

Counter Attacks

Continued Player Development

Each student will receive a progress report at Christmas and Easter with individual assessment by coaching staff.

The content of the Progress Report will assess a player’s attributes across the following:

  • Technical Skill
  • Tactical Awareness
  • Physical Abilities
  • Psychological & Social Characteristics

Curriculum Overview

The overall programme will include academic study of BTEC Sport through the Academy system of education with PLFA supporting with technical delivery.

In addition to the study of BTEC Sport, students will have opportunity to gain different qualifications in football including FA Emergency Aid, Safeguarding Children and Level 1 Coaching Certificate

On completion of the programme students will have the opportunity to progress to university, proceed directly to employment or potentially enrol to the club's Gap Year Programme.

International Tours

We can organise tours on the continent against teams of the appropriate level to participate in international tournaments, which are organised by affiliated clubs to their national Football Federations.  

Countries include France, Italy & Spain.

We can provide a range of tours in terms of budget and playing level, to suit the needs of our players participating in the school football programme.

Coaching Opportunities (optional)

In association with the Kent FA, we can organise Level 1 coaching qualification courses for students interested in developing their football knowledge or wishing to explore a career in football coaching.

We can monitor student’s progress and assist them through the process of gaining their qualification.

We can potentially provide coaching opportunities at various levels (including professional Academy level), for students who demonstrate a high level of skill set and attitude towards progressing within the football coaching industry.

Gap Year Programme (optional)

We can provide student recommendation for the club's Gap Year Programme.

The programme is split into three stages:

Stage 1  is based in London and provides training and development opportunities for our ‘Gappers’ including coaching qualifications, First Aid, Safeguarding and TEFL courses. ‘Gappers’ are then placed within PE departments in local schools, as well as local football projects to provide a broad experience of coaching within the community.

Stage 2 gives our ‘Gappers' opportunities to coach within a wide range of community programmes and Soccer Schools either at home or abroad with one of our international partners.

Stage 3 provides the chance for a second placement, either overseas or in the UK, to ensure that our ‘Gappers’ have the opportunity to fully develop their skills and reach their full potential during their time with the club.

Whether you are considering a gap year before or after higher education, or even a career break, you are welcome to apply for the Arsenal Gap Year. Applicants simply need to be over 18 years of age (17 if you are from Scotland or the Republic of Ireland).

Introduction Day

Each student who enrols in the school football programme will participate in an introduction day in September. The introduction day consists of the following:

9.00am: Arrive at Towers School

9.15 to 10.45am: Training Session

11.30am: Depart for Emirates Stadium

1.30pm (approx): Arrive at Emirates Stadium

2.30 to 4.30pm: Stadium Tour & Museum Visit

4.30 to 5.00pm: Distribute Student Kits

5.30pm: Depart Emirates Stadium

7.30pm (approx): Arrive at Towers School

 

For further information regarding the School Football Programme, please contact Jack Albin – (Football Academy Director) –01233 634171 ext 207 or email j.albin@towers.school

Sporting Success

KENT SCHOOLS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION UNDER 19'S ACADEMIES CUP FINAL

 

Towers arrived at the Gallagher Stadium, home of Maidstone United on the crest of a wave after returning from France on Easter Monday as runners up in  Vieux Conde Tournament, having reached the final without conceding a goal and losing narrowly 1-0 in a close hard fought final.

The Towers team had been well briefed by Manager Stephane Ollier of Arsenal Soccer Schools who runs the Towers Academy. The final got underway with Ravens Wood making all the early running with sharp passing and good possession of the ball. Ravens Wood were pressing well and regained possession quickly with the strong Towers defence keeping them at bay throughout the opening encounters. 

The first goal came against the run of play when a slip in the Ravens wood defence allowed Charlie Cairns to gain possession and calmly slot home the opening goal. 

This was just the lift that Towers needed and they started taking control of the game and piled on the pressure to a now back pedalling Ravens Wood.

Towers kept pressing well and their good possession and pressure paid off when after some crisp passing in midfield led to the ball being fed in from the wing towards the back post to a waiting Alfie Miller who fired home Towers second goal. 

Towers were now in complete control of the game and were forcing Ravens Wood to play a long ball game with some desperate clearance to thwart the continued Towers pressure.

Towers dominance of the game led to them extending their lead with Alfie Miller again getting on the score sheet slotting home his second goal and making the score line 3-0 to Towers after 30 minutes.

Towers continued to press in the Ravens Wood half looking to increase their advantage and look for a fourth goal when a Ravens Wood long ball clearance caught out the up to now solid Towers defence. With the ball clearing the Towers defence a Ravens Wood striker picked up the loose ball and entered the Towers penalty area to be brought down for a penalty which was swiftly converted leaving the half time score as 3-1 to Towers.

The second half kicked off with Towers again applying the pressure on Ravens Wood who were fighting hard to get back into the game.

As players were tiring the game opened up and there were chances being created at both ends of the pitch. Towers squandered several chances to increase their lead which started to give Ravens Wood some hope of getting back into the game.

This hope was thwarted by Towers when a loose back pass by the Ravens Wood defence prompted Libert Chanyawu to press the Ravens Wood goalkeeper who made a mess of controlling the ball and despite the presence of two recovering Ravens Wood defenders Libert showed great strength to hold off the defenders and slot the ball home to make it 4-1 to Towers.

The game was now over and the cup had been taken from Ravens Wood who were the holders having won the cup in 2015/16 and a well-deserved victory was truly well earned by the Towers Academy.

Huge congratulations to all the boys who have worked so hard in order to have such an enjoyable and successful season.

Any post 16 students looking to join Towers Soccer School Football Academy should contact Jack Albin on - albinj@towers.kent.sch.uk

 

FUTURE CHEER 'BRINGS IT ON IN PARIS' 2017 COMPETITION

On Thursday 16th March the Towers Tigers left for Disneyland Paris to compete in the junior level one category of an international cheerleading competition. 

The twenty-two cheerleaders, accompanied by Miss Harverson, Mrs Giles and Miss Davison, enjoyed three days exploring the two Disneyland parks, competed in an international competition and also performed in the Disneyland pre parade. 

Eleven different countries competed in the competition on the Saturday.  The Towers Tigers looked amazing on stage and hit every stunt and tumble in their routine.  The team achieved 3rd place out of six teams and were the only school team in their category.  We also entered a junior level one stunt team who came 6th and a senior level two team who came 4th.   

On the Sunday the team performed in the Disneyland pre parade through the park with the other teams from the competition.  This was a fantastic opportunity for the team!

The students were amazing throughout the trip and were a real credit to the school. 

 

U13 RUGBY TEAM ARE KENT EMERGING SCHOOLS 7S CHAMPIONS!

A big congratulations to our U13 7s team who are Kent Emerging School 7s Champions for the second year running. Well done boys & coach!

 

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