Sporting Aptitude

We now select 10% of students based on sporting aptitude, even if you live outside of our catchment area. This is judged through an optional sporting aptitude test conducted as part of our admissions process.

Rationale behind admission by Sporting Aptitude

Over the past nine years we have been designated a Sports College but have not really been able to extend the more able students on a practical level. Part of the specialism’s aim has always been Gifted and Talented which we excel in for BTEC grades and sports leadership. However, our genuine strive for sporting practical excellence has been hindered by our woeful and inadequate facilities. In subsequent years we have worked hard to improve these to the point where we feel we can offer real provision for the more Gifted and Talented students.

As a Specialist Sports College we are able to select up to 10% of our intake on Sporting Aptitude to create our very own ALPHA group.

The ALPHA group will follow a specialised sports programme which will advance both their physical and academic achievement. The sessions will take place in PE lessons and will consist of a variety of advanced physical education sessions to cover sports psychology, physiology and skill acquisition.

How to Apply

There will be an informative presentation on Admission by Sporting Aptitude, by Mr. J. Connor, Head of PE, during our Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

Step One
Complete a Booking Form and return to Mr. J. Connor (Head of PE/Assistant Headteacher) at Ellowes Hall Sports College before Friday 4th October 2019.

Step Two
Students participate in the Sporting Aptitude Tests on Saturday 12th October 2019 (see details below).

Step Three
Complete the Supplementary Form and return a copy to the school and the Local Authority with your application before End of October 2019.

Step Four
Parents and schools notified of the results of applications on the start of March 2019. 

Aptitude Tests

Physical Ability

The five tests are:

  • T-Test – Agility
  • 10m Sprint – Speed
  • Standing Broad Jump – Power and Leg Strength
  • Ball Throw – Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Target Throw – Balance, Strength and Decision Making

Not only will we be ranking students based on their sporting aptitude (physical ability) but also their cognitive, social, creative and personal ability.

  • Cognitive (thinking) ability is shown in their knowledge and understanding of Physical Education
  • Social ability is the basis of leadership and teamwork
  • Personal ability is the capacity for self-regulation, self-belief and commitment
  • Creative ability is evidenced when a learner responds to challenges and tasks with fluency and originality