Physical Education

We recognise that as a school, we play an important part in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. All students in Key Stages 3 and 4 have core PE lessons each week throughout the year and there are also a wide range of extra-curricular activities students can participate in. For students who wish to, there are also a number of highly successful teams who compete in tournaments. Our Sports Council members organise and support in extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 3

Pupils have a double lesson each week and within this they will cover a wide range of sports to help their development.

The aim is to promote health and physical fitness awareness, develop pupils understanding of the importance of physical education within everyday life and promote a desire for good mental and physical health.

Pupils are taught in sets based on their ability.  Not all sets will cover the same sports as we like to try and cater out curriculum to the needs of the pupils.  Regular review of pupil assessments and levels allows for students to progress into different sets.  Preperation for GCSE PE will start in year 9 and they will follow a tailored route with high impact on the practical element of the course.

Students are assessed for each sport at the end of each module.

Year 7 Sports
Handball Baseline testing

Short Tennis

Year 8 Sports

Table Tennis
Dance  (Females)
Rugby (Males)


Year 9 Sports


Table Tennis
Rugby (Males)
Netball (Females)
Football/ Futsal
Dance (Females)


Key Stage 4 (Core PE)

All students in Years 10 and 11 will have to follow a course in Physical Education that will improve the basic skills and techniques covered in the lower school curriculum. Each student will have 100 minutes for core curriculum PE each week and is required to study major sports from games, trampolining, fitness, circuits/aerobics and athletics.
During Key Stage 4, pupils tackle complex and demanding activities and apply their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance. They will be involved in physical activity that enables them to focus on competitions, promotion of health and well-being, and developing personal fitness levels. They will take on the role of performer, coach and official.

As part of games, pupils will be taught to play competitive games using advanced techniques and skills specific to the game played and respond effectively to changing situations within the game.

In trampolining pupils will be taught to compose and perform sequences applying set criteria. They will be encouraged to use advanced techniques and skills with precision and accuracy in completing sequences.

All students will gain a knowledge and understanding of fitness and health. They will be taught how preparation, training and fitness relate to and affect performance. They will also be shown how to design and carry out training programmes that have specific purposes and the importance of exercise to personal, social and mental health and well-being. Further to this all students will monitor and develop their own training programmes in and hopefully out of school.

Students will only be excused from lessons with a Doctor / Hospital Medical Exception Certificate

Key Stage 4


Students follow the OCR (9-1) specification for GCSE PE which consists of 40% Practical and 60% final examinations.   The Theoretical element is broken down in to two exams: 1 Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Physical training. 2. Socio-cultural influences, Sports Psychology, Health fitness and well-being.

This course is organised as follows:

  • Practical Element: This concentrates on developing your skill levels in 3 sports taken from the 2 approved list (Individual and Team). The final assessment of your practical skills will provide 40% of your final mark.
  • Theoretical Element: This will involve theoretical work and experiments and will be taught in a classroom. Assessment will be on the Rules and Etiquette of Sport, Anatomy and the Physiology of the Human Body and Sport in Society. This will contribute towards 60% of the final mark.

What does GCSE Physical Education offer you?

  • The chance to participate in and develop your practical abilities in a range of activities, taken from the areas of Invasion Games, Net/wall Games, Personal Fitness, Individual and Striking/Fielding Games.
  • The opportunity to extend your knowledge of the rules and etiquette involved in a variety of sports.
  • An introduction to specialised training methods and styles and types of fitness testing.
  • Knowledge of the human body and how it responds to exercise. Including health, fitness and well being.
  • Understanding of how social cultural influences affect sports participation.
  • An introduction to sports Psychology
  • The development of data analysis skills within PE, this is spread over the components and topics.

This course is an exciting one which provides a mixture of both practical and theoretical activities which adds variety to the GCSE programme. It is imperative that any student that chooses this course is fully committed to BOTH ELEMENTS of the course. Written homework will be set each week and full P.E. kit must be worn for each practical lesson.

Key Stage 5

Edexcel BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE PE C or above or BTEC level 2 diploma – (Pass – Distinction Level)

Method of Assessment: 7 units over 2 years – total of 120 credits

Course Content:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Practical Performance

Career Pathways

  • Opportunity for employment within the sports industry or to continue with further education in sport. Teacher, Coach, Physiotherapist and sports analysis

Edexcel BTEC First Level 2 Diploma in Sport

Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE C to E

Assessment Structure: 12 units will be studied with assignments set on these.

Course Content:

  • Fitness for sport and exercise (External Exam)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance (External Exam)
  • The mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sport Performer in action
  • Training for Personal Fitness
  • Leading Sports Activities
  • Promotion and Sponsorship in Sport
  • Nutrition for Sport
  • Injury and the Sports Performer
  • Planning and Running a Sports Event
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Lifestyle and Wellbeing


Dance – Performing Arts

Key Stage 4 (Old Specification)

The aim of the AQA GCSE in Dance (Performing Arts) is to develop each candidate’s knowledge, understanding and skills of Dance, through performance, composition and appreciation of their own and others.

How is the course assessed?

  • Controlled Assessment
    – Performance (20%) The ability of the dancer in a duo or group performance.
    – Composition (40%) The actual choreography of a dance composed by the candidate; based on a selected stimulus. Solo composition plus choreography of solo/duo or group.
    – Set Study (20%) A set dance from the exam board
  • Written Exam: (20%) A written paper covering anatomy of a dancer, choreographic techniques and the analysis of selected professional dance works

What does the course involve?

  • A chance to improve your technical skills as a dancer.
  • A chance to develop an understanding of how dance is created both on stage and screen.
  • A chance to choreograph and create your own dances.
  • A chance to share your skills with others, teaching flexis to younger year groups.
  • A chance to learn about the history of dance and other theoretical issues.
  • A chance to perform both at school events and in the local community.

Dance is exciting and something a little bit different. It is mainly practical based but there are theoretical elements and homework. It is not an easy course, and candidates will need to be committed to all elements that it involves including rehearsals after school or during lunchtime. Students will be encouraged to widen their experience by participating in extra-curricular dance lessons. A dance kit must be worn to all practical lessons.