Physical Education

The aim of the Physical Education Department is to provide a balanced curriculum of both team and individual activities which allow pupils to develop and understand their own physical capabilities and interpersonal skills.


Enjoying participating in sport is paramount and we look to developing in each pupil a lifelong interest in being physically active and healthy and encourage them to continue their involvement beyond the school curriculum time.

The Physical Education Department recognises that all children, whatever their circumstances or abilities, should be able to participate in and enjoy Physical Education and Sport.

Aims of the Department:

  • To promote enjoyment and a sense of achievement at every level.
  • To develop pupils’ social and interpersonal skills through working with others.
  • To develop and encourage good levels of health and fitness.
  • To ensure pupils have the knowledge, skills and confidence to continue in their leisure time and encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • To develop a lifelong interest in maintaining a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

Topics / Areas of Study

In Key stage 3 all pupils will study the following activities across the academic year:

Year 7

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Netball (Girls Only)
  • Fitness Training
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Inter tutor competitions

Year 8

  • as Y7 +
  • Hockey
  • Fitness

Year 9

  • As Y8 +
  • Badminton

Key Stage 4 – Y10 and Y11

All pupils follow Core PE in years 10 and 11 which comprise all of the sports mentioned above. There is the opportunity to study for the OCR Level 2 Cert. in Sports Studies as well as the GCSE PE course for ‘option pupils’ which is designed to build on the skills and knowledge learned at Key Stage 3, providing pupils a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science. Pupils who opt for GCSE Physical Education will develop an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity.  The topics studied will include:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology & use of data
  • Physical training
  • Socio cultural influences
  • Health fitness and well being
  • Movement Analysis

In addition to the theoretical element of the course, pupils are required to be assessed in a practical performance component which will include one team activity, one individual activity and one free choice activity from the list of permitted activities. (Please note that this list has been significantly reduced and many of the activities able to be assessed on the old curriculum are now no longer approved – please see PE staff for a copy of the 2016 list)

Component 1: Fitness & Body Systems

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes – 36% of the qualification

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training & Use of data.

Component 2: Health & Performance

Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes – 24% of the qualification

  • Health, fitness and well-being, Sport Psychology
  • Socio cultural influences & Use of data.

Component 3: Practical Performance

 Non examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated – 30% of the qualification.

  • One team activity, one individual activity and one other from the list
  • Skills in isolation and skills in competitive / formal situation.

Component 4: Personal exercise programme

Non examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated – 10% of the qualification. (PEP)

  • Aim and planning analysis, carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP.