Welcome to The Joseph Whitaker Sports College


The Joseph Whitaker School became a specialist Sports College in September 2004. The decision to gain a specialism in sport was taken for a variety of reasons including our expertise in using sport to raise aspiration, engagement and attainment; our expertise in developing pupil leadership; our track record in developing pupil’s skills in sport and our belief that sport in schools should engender a lifelong commitment to improving health.


Our provision, outcomes and commitment to the values and benefits of sport have been recognised nationally. For example, we are a Gold Partner school for the Youth Sport Trust, the Headteacher is an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, we are the lead school in Nottinghamshire for leadership and volunteering and we are the hub site for the Newark and Sherwood Sports Partnership delivering high quality sport across 5 secondary schools and 41 primary schools.


The Specialist Schools programme was designed to improve whole school standards of attainment and achievement and to also provide strong links to the local community. Since 2004, this is some of the progress that has been made:

Whole School

  • Developing the quality of teaching and learning across the school
  • Developing study support programmes
  • Developing pupil leadership across all faculty areas
  • Developing mentoring systems


We have developed a very strong KS2 to KS3 transition programme, with all of our family of school Y6 primary students accessing PE and sport of the highest quality every Wednesday afternoon at The Joseph Whitaker School. These sessions are led by the Joseph Whitaker PE staff and feedback from parents and students has been extremely positive. Students express less anxiety about the change of schools, they know our staff, know our school and our expectations, and they know other students from other schools. This programme has now been enhanced with provision from Technology, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Performing Arts.

Specialist Subject

Outcomes in PE and sport are outstanding. As well as outstanding results, the PE department has grown significantly in size since 2004 as a result of an increase in provision at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. We currently offer:


  • OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Science
  • A Level PE
  • Bespoke Advanced Sports Program for Post 16

The department also offer an impressive range of Out of School Hours activities which are both competitive and non-competitive. These include:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Trampolining
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness
  • Dance

The flagship programme of the Sports College has been our leadership programme with over an average of 100 students per cohort being accredited each year. These students act as leaders in a variety of events at Joseph Whitaker and within the Partnership. The leaders wear red shirts and this includes lunchtime supervision duties and working with the local community during the evenings. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is also delivered by our internal team of staff.

In 2012 the sports specialism was expanded to add focus on performing arts.  During a period nationally in which the arts have suffered cuts both in curriculum time and staffing, The Joseph Whitaker School has maintained its commitment to this group of subjects.

The skills, self-esteem and opportunities created by the performing arts are seen as vital ingredients in delivering the schools vision of creating good citizens who are employable.


The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes music, drama and dance, there are numerous opportunities for extra-curricular involvement and students are offered examination courses in all genres.