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.


The vision of the PE department is to produce physically literate learners with a sporting habit for life.

The way we look to achieve this vision is through producing a curriculum that offers a variety of sports at KS3. We broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different sports with what we offer. This effectively supports our vision of a sporting ‘habit for life’.

We have devised a curriculum that focuses on the needs of our cohort. We have incorporated the use of scholarly attributes within our lesson by using a ‘scholar board’ where a male and female are chosen from year 7, 8 and 9 this occurs after every 3 week block of a sport. We want to recognise pupils for their hard work and dedication within their lesson and help to raise standards in PE and across the school.

We offer many extra-curricular clubs in order to develop passion in different sports which leads on to pupils representing the school team and a further development of playing for a club outside of school.

With regards to the KS4 curriculum the vision continues, we offer two different pathways to accommodate all learners that want to complete a sports course. The view is to produce physically literate learners who then continue their sporting journey through to KS5 with a BTEC level 3 sports course. We offer a curriculum that will offer the quality of different sports with also the view of lifelong learning. Lessons at KS3 are all practically based, this allows us to assess and identify specific pathways to guide our learners.

We offer a 3 year KS4 curriculum in order to progress the sporting ability, when pupils have reached the end of year 8 they have learnt the skills and tactics required in majority of sports and we are now introducing the theory element to work alongside.

Physical education is extremely important with the significant increase of obesity in Britain. This is dramatically affecting young pupils. Sport not only teaches pupils about health and fitness but includes the new development of a healthy mind. Research suggests taking part in physical activity reduces illnesses like depression and anxiety, this links in well with the well-being zone in our school.

We currently offer 3 “awe and wonder” activities per year consisting of the ‘winter house games’, the ‘Easter games’ and sports week. These are completed at the end of each term and it’s an opportunity for pupils to compete against each form and earn points for their house. They are great activities as we have the whole year group competing and it allows pupils to put their hard work from lessons into practice. GCSE students are also offered rock climbing as one of the 3 sports they participate in.

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 our curriculum to the needs of the pupils.  Regular review of pupil assessments and levels allows for students to progress into different sets.  Preparation for GCSE PE will start in year 8 and they will follow a tailored route with high impact on the practical element of the course.


Year 7 Sports
Handball Baseline testing

Short Tennis

Year 8 Sports

Table Tennis



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

Key Stage 4 (Core PE)

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow a course in Physical Education that will improve the basic skills and techniques covered in the lower school curriculum. Each student will have a double period (100 minutes) for core curriculum PE each week and will be required to study major sports from games, fitness, circuits/aerobics and athletics. Sports will be drawn from badminton
basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, trampolining, handball, table tennis, hockey, rugby, netball, football/ futsal, dance, cricket, athletics, rounders

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.


This course is organised as follows:

  • Practical Element: This concentrates on developing your skill levels in 3 sports taken from the 2 approved lists (Individual and Team).
  • 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’.
    • Year 9 – Health fitness and well-being, Components of fitness, Applying the principles of training,  Structure and function of the skeletal system, The structure and function of the muscular system
    • Year 10 – Movement analysis, The cardiovascular and respiratory systems, Effects of exercise on body systems, Socio-cultural influences, Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activities and sport
    • Year 11 – Commercialisation of physical activity and sport, Ethical and socio cultural issues in physical activity and sport, Sport psychology


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.


The Theoretical element is broken down in to two exams which will contribute 60% towards the final mark.

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Physical training.
  • Socio-cultural influences, Sports Psychology, Health fitness and well-being.

The final assessment of your practical skills will provide 40% of your final mark

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 4

BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness

Students follow the BTEC tech award in sport starting in September 2018.

This consists of 3 units completed over the 3 year period.


The course is organized as follows – there are 3 units to complete over the 3 year period:

  • Component 1 – Understanding the Body and the Supporting Technology for Sport and Activity – This is coursework based and assessed though 3 different assignments where students can draw all their learning together completed in year 9
  • Component 2 – The principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity – this is assessed through an exam that is completed at the end of year 10.
  • Component 3 – Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity, assessed through an Internal Synoptic that consolidates all learning over the past 3 years and is completed through assignments, completed in year 11


Completion of assignments across the three years and an external written exam completed in Year 10.

What does the BTEC Tech Award offer you?

The opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding through sport, the advances in technology and the impact they have had on sport in recent years.

Participate in different sporting activities to develop knowledge and skill

Lead small groups in warm ups, drills and conditioned games to form part of assessment.

Understand how the body works and responds to exercise

Develop an understanding of sporting injuries the causes and rehabilitation

The course is a new and exciting aspect to PE.  It will give learners the opportunity to understand theory content as well as practical elements.  All students must be fully committed to the course and ensure they have both theory equipment and full PE kit for practical sessions.

Key Stage 5

Edexcel BTEC First Level 2 Diploma in Sport

Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE 4 to 2

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


  • 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

Edexcel BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Current Specification)

Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE PE Grade C (5) or above or BTEC level 2 diploma – (Pass – Distinction Level)

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


  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (Year 1)
  • The Physiology of Fitness (Year 1)
  • Assessing Risk in Sport (Year 1)
  • Practical Performance (Year 1)
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise (Year 2)
  • Psychology for Sports Performance (Year 2)
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport (Year 2)

Career Pathways

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

Dance – Performing Arts

Key Stage 4

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?

  • Performance
    • Set phrases through solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
    • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)
  • Choreography
    • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and half minutes) or a group dance of two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
  • Written exam paper
    • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
    • Critical appreciation of own work
    • Critical appreciation of professional 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.