The Physical Education programme allows students to develop physically, mentally, socially and morally through a well-balanced curriculum and enrichment programme. Ashcroft Technology Academy promotes the quest for sporting excellence via the pursuit of inter-school fixtures and year round House competitions.
In the first three years students all receive approximately 2 hours of Physical Education each week. Over the course of the year, in curriculum time, this breaks down to the following allocation: Games 50% which includes football (boys and girls), rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rounders, softball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, table tennis; Gymnastics 25%; Athletics 20% and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 5%.
In Years 10 and 11 all students have approximately 2 hours of Physical Education per week. This consists of a care programme with option to specialise in Athletics, Gymnastics, Outdoor Education (Duke of Edinburgh's Award) or Swimming. They also have an opportunity to experience another area of activity as a recreational sport. Over the two years the time allocation is Games 44%; Specialism 33% and Recreational Activity 23%.
Sixth Form students also have a session each week where there are Academy based activities, as well as offsite activities. Students can choose to work towards qualifications such as CCPR Leaders Award, Life Saving in swimming or a First Aid qualification as well as playing recreational sport.
The Academy runs a Clubs and Societies session of one hour on a Monday evening. Clubs are operated for football (boys and girls), rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rounders, softball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, gymnastics and trampolining. Inter-school fixtures are undertaken in many of these areas with added competition coming via entry into local, regional and national sports competitions. Outdoor pursuits are followed via the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
On the site there are three gymnasia; 2 equipped for gymnastics, 2 with basketball courts, one with cricket nets, one with a volleyball court and 2 with a badminton court. The Academy's hall also has two badminton courts marked out. The Academy also has separate fitness and cardio suite within the gym block. Outside there are 3 netball/tennis courts, 2 other hard play areas and 2 small grass areas for training purposes.
Approximately 2 miles away, Ashcroft Technology Academy has its own sports ground at Openview. This has pitches for football, rugby, hockey and cricket. There is also a 400 metre grass running track.
The Academy was awarded the School Games Bronze Award for the commitment shown towards sport.