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CTA PE Department – Update 3

Getting back into the swing of things:

Students have finally enjoyed some outdoor face to face physical education teaching. Netball, hockey, football, basketball and rugby have all been taught outside in order to follow the recommended guidelines. Although it can be cold, our participants are encouraged to put on plenty of layers underneath their PE kit and asked to make sure that they stay as active as possible.

The Lateral Flow Testing Site had been located in the Sports Hall and a team of staff and volunteers completed the most amazing job to support our students return to school. On Friday, however, we were very excited to have our sports hall returned to us. We cannot wait to use it again, albeit with all the Covid safety in place. Alongside the lessons, we ran remote and face to face extra-curricular activities in yoga, Boxercise and boxing. We would like to see greater attendance and hope that students will take up these opportunities before the Easter break. It was, however,  lovely to see the Year 10 netball team turn up to practice on Tuesday and show that they had not forgotten any of their skills.

Boxercise with Pete

Training with Wayne

Year 10 Netball Training Bubble

Please see our extra – curricular program below up until the Easter break:

DayActivityStaff MemberTime
TuesdayNetball (Year10)  Mrs Tooth3.00 -3.45
WednesdayBoxercise (Year 9)*
Netball (Year 11)
Pete Woollard/
Miss Wilson
Mrs Tooth
3.00 -3.45
3.00 -3.45
ThursdayBoxing Year 9 *  Wayne Elcock/
Mrs Tooth
3.15 – 4.00  
*students can also attend on Teams. They will find the link on SMHW. This will be set every week.

Performers of the Week

Performer of the Week was awarded to Tom in Year 9. His effort and commitment throughout the Lockdown period was outstanding. Regular attendance at live after school events followed by clear, constructive feedback was so helpful. In addition, Tom created a weekly log to describe all his physical activity.

Our other Performer of the Week has been given to our Year13 Level 3 BTEC Sports group. It was decided that our boys would sit their external examinations in school in January when other schools did not. They were very well prepared and had put in the right amount of revision. This week they received their results and they were absolutely amazing, with all boys hitting or exceeding their target grades. We are so proud of them in such difficult times.

A Career in PE

This week we would like to introduce you to a career in sport with:

Michelle Turner – Former International basketball player and current coach of the U16 Birmingham Bullets. As well as this Michelle has a full time position as a midwife. Take the time to listen to her career pathway as it has taken many twists and turns.

Motivation and Resilience in Sport

These qualities are key in life in order to achieve your goals. We would like to introduce you to:

Pete Woollard – A regular coach for our students. Pete taught both HIIT and Boxercise via Teams and overcame a variety of setbacks to be in his current chosen sporting career. Here is what he says.

We hope that you have valued what our people in sport have had to say and it has shown that roles in this sector can be diverse.

Stay fit and healthy.

Chase Terrace Academy PE Department


New CTA House Logos Revealed

We are excited to share with you the new House logos for Brocket, Elk and Fallow. I would like to take the time to thank all the students who applied for the House logo competition – we were inundated with entries!

The winning entries were submitted by Isobel and Annabel (Year 7), Archie (Year 8), Liya (Year 10) and Zayna ( Year 10).

These students have worked closely with Mr Andrews (Head of Art) to come up with the final designs. We hope you like them just as much as we do!


Foodbank Update

To all in the Chase Terrace community. The foodbank that you have supported has been a resounding success and we have given out almost 500 food parcels in the local area. It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to drop off weekly foods and have essentials available for collection.

Next week will, unfortunately, be our last delivery to you due to time constraints, additional workload in school and availability of food. The Physical Education Department, who have run this venture, are also keen to get the extra-curricular sports programme running again.

Moving Forward

We will maintain a small food stock onsite, and some of our Duke of Edinburgh students are being trained to run a smaller foodbank initiative. They will be overseen by the Foodbank Team so that it continues to run smoothly. With this in mind, if anyone does find themselves in need in need, please call Chase Terrace Academy on 01543 682286 and organise to collect a parcel from our main school entrance.

Eggs for Easter Campaign.

This week we launched a new initiative that would support families in need, alongside supporting a local care home. Eggs that are donated will gifted to these two groups. Our aim is to collect 250 eggs. Currently we have about 50 so we still need your help.

Foodbank Open Afternoon

Please note that we will be running a Foodbank Open Afternoon on Thursday 1st of April, starting at 3:30 until 5:30, to support families through the Easter period. It will run in the Sixth Form Centre. Anyone attending will be required to wear a mask, unless exempt, sanitise on entry and will be allowed two bags of groceries and essential items. We are really looking forward to seeing our customers and will be providing home baked cakes and coffee.

We anticipate that we will not run anymore mornings until the Christmas period, but will let the community know well in advance of this happening. 

Your support on social media has been invaluable, in addition, the kindness and generosity of this community has been overwhelming and has allowed us to stay open for almost six months. Thank you so much. We will stay in touch.

Chase Terrace Academy Foodbank


Foodbank and “Eggs for Easter” campaign

We are proud to say that we have managed to keep the Chase Terrace Academy foodbank running throughout Lockdown and have sent out over 100 parcels.  We are calling for your help once again to enable us to help our local families in the run up to the Easter break. Our foodbank is now depleted and we desperately need to restock. With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could possibly spare a food or toiletry item that could be sent into school next week to support our cause. All donations can be left by students at the dining hall entrance.  

“Eggs for Easter” campaign

In addition, we would also like to launch our “Eggs for Easter” campaign and would welcome an Easter egg donation. Any gifts would be given out via our foodbank, as well as treating a local care home. We would love to give the residents and the care workers, with your assistance, an egg to show that the Chase Terrace Academy community care.

We very much appreciate your continued kindness and support. Thankyou.


CTA PE Department – Update 2

Back in school at last:

This week has seen the Sports Hall block work as a Lateral Flow testing centre for our staff and students and has been a hive of activity. For the time being therefore our students have been based in the older part of the building to maintain safe distances and reducing contact points.

Although the curriculum was slightly disrupted due to lack of facilities the Department have worked hard to motivate and engage our students in school Physical Education once more. Our activities have included:

  • A week of competitive physical challenges and personal challenges as you can see below.
  • On the days that it rained we completed a mental health check looking and practicing activities that improved mood and planning for a healthier week ahead.

Performers of the Week

Last week our performer of the week was awarded to Grace in Year 9. She is a regional gymnast and has had to work extremely hard to maintain her fitness levels. She has attended our remote fitness and morning HITT sessions. In addition to this Grace has sent us pictures and videos of her own training and her attempts to beat the teacher in the challenges that we have set via form tutors and Twitter.

This week our performer of the week was awarded to Tom in Year 9 who has involved himself in every part of PE life. He has worked particularly hard in the live activities and provided the PE staff with excellent feedback . In addition he has completed a log of all the activities that he has participated in. Well done Tom.

Extra – Curricular Activities

We were keen to engage in physical activities face to face as soon as this was possible but also to maintain some of the live online classes running though Lockdown. It was very important to put in health and safety checks and complete a rigorous risk assessment so that we could operate a program. Unfortunately students can only attend clubs in year group bubbles and we do have to limit numbers. Where possible our classes are located outdoors, but if this is not appropriate to the activity we have worked in very well ventilated large spaces.

Please see our extra – curricular plan below up until Easter:

DayActivityStaff MemberTime
TuesdayNetball (Year10)  Mrs Tooth3.00 -3.45
WednesdayBoxercise  (Year 9)*
Netball (Year 11)
Dance (Year 8)
Pete Woollard/Miss Wilson
Mrs Tooth
Miss Vivian
3.00 -3.45
3.00 -3.45
ThursdayBoxing Year 9 *  
Hockey (Year 7)
Wayne Elcock/ Mrs Tooth
Miss Wilson
3.15 – 4.00
3.00 – 3.45
*Students can also attend on Teams. They will find the link on SMHW. This will be set every week under the heading CTA Lockdown PE Practical.

Staying motivated and working hard in PE?

Professional sportspeople talk to you about their experiences inside and outside of sport. We would like to introduce you to:

Zach Wallace – Great Britain international field hockey player

Zach took time out to talk to us about his career pathway, and how it has developed over the years. He is currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympics this coming summer – we wish him every success.

Stay fit and healthy.

Chase Terrace academy PE Department


CTA PE Department – Update 1

We have seen strange times in the Chase Terrace Academy PE Department since the beginning of Lockdown. We have had many questions to answer… but mainly, how do we engage with the pupils at this very difficult time and how do we encourage them to engage with us? The following information newsletter highlights what we have achieved.

Pupils have participated really well in an extensive PowerPoint that we sent out via Show My Homework. PE Staff recorded explanations as to how to make the most use out of the presentation, encouraging them to investigate and participate in a healthy active lifestyle. The sections included:

  • Skill Development
  • Mental health
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Creativity in sport
  • Literature in sport

From the feedback that you have sent in about the activities you enjoyed, we have created collages and filled a notice board with a small sample of your activities.

In addition, we have delivered the following enterprising activities:

Created PowerPoints and quizzes: This was to continue with theory development in the sports that we should have participated in, if we had been in school.

PE Department set up a Twitter account:

An extra medium of communication was set up to promote activities that the students could get involved in to maintain an active healthy lifestyle. We linked with organisations to promote free, safe online activities. Our account is @CTA_PE if you would like to follow us. We also used this media platform to support the initiatives below:

Beat the Teacher: Practical challenges were created by the PE staff that were recorded and sent out via registration and on Twitter. Pupils were then encouraged to attempt the same challenge and see if they could achieve higher scores. There were many who did!

Online “Performer of the Week”: Pupils have been working so hard to stay active that it has been only right that each PE teacher could nominate a person who deserved that extra recognition. Sadly we couldn’t nominate everybody, but it was lovely to have so much choice.

Accessed money for instructors to deliver live weekly extra-curricular lessons on Teams

We were extremely lucky to have links with James Austin, the Burntwood and Lichfield School Games Organiser and Tasmine Turner, Sports Development Officer for Burntwood and Lichfield (also an ex Chase Terrace student.) The money that the two generously allocated allowed us to access the following coaches who all delivered live extra-curricular clubs for our Chase Terrace students which have been well attended:

  • Yoga – L.Swannell
  • Boxing – W.Elcock
  • HIIT and Boxercise – P.Woollard

We know that our pupils can go on to see these instructors in and around the Burntwood area through Tasmin’s Getin2it Program. Please visit the website as our pupils are now familiar with some of the activities. These will be delivered in outdoor spaces as soon as it is allowed. The online feedback about the activities has been fantastic.

Delivery of live extra-curricular lessons by the PE Staff on Teams

In addition to the instructors the PE Team delivered a fitness session and a HIIT session twice a week where we were able to interact with the students.

Moving Forward:

We have contacted variety of sports people and asked them to support us motivating our pupils to return to activity again. Our first motivational speaker is below. Have you seen him on the television recently in the World Indoor Athletics Championships?

Elliot Giles

Elliot Giles recently broke the British 800m record while running the second-fastest indoor time in history. His time of 1 min 43.63 seconds, which he ran on Wednesday (February 17th 2021) at the World Indoor Tour in Torun, Poland, beat the record held by Sebastian Coe, which had stood since 1983 Elliot took time out, two days before this record breaking event to speak to the pupils of CTA.

Hard work, commitment and resilience do pay off!

A Career in Physical Education – Dale Moon, Media Manager for Birmingham City FC talks to Chase Terrace pupils about his pathway to success.

We hope that you find our newsletter informative. We will send out another one soon.

Stay fit and healthy.


National Careers Week 2021

We’ve had a fantastic start to Careers Week 2021! We started the week with live ‘Guess Who’ guests who were streamed into live lessons, including graduates, the Navy, a dance teacher & finance directors to name a few, answering questions, giving advice and sharing their own career stories!

Thank you to all our guest speakers who are supporting us this week.

Click here to see our guest speaker videos.


New School Lottery Competition

This term everyone who supports your lottery is in with a chance of winning a £500 Bicycle Voucher to spend online at

The prize draw takes place on 17th April – just in time to get cycling in the Spring weather.

The lottery is open to everyone in the community, including parents and carers, grandparents, staff, family and friends (over 16yrs). Its quick and easy to take part. Simply log on to:, enter your details, choose your lucky numbers and select either direct debit or pay as you go. You can sign up today for as little as £1 a week. The more people that take part, the bigger the prize and the more money raised for our school.

For more information about our school lottery, click here.

Good luck!


What an amazing athlete – Elliot Giles

Elliot Giles has broken the British 800m record while running the second-fastest indoor time in history. His time of 1 min 43.63 seconds, which he ran on Wednesday (February 17) at the World Indoor Tour in Torun, Poland, beat the record held by Sebastian Coe, which had stood since 1983

Elliot took time out, two days before this record breaking event to speak to the pupils of Chase Terrace Academy.

Hard work, commitment and resilience do pay off

2021 GCSE and A-Level Assessment Information