Physical Education

Physical Education mission statement, ‘Raising the bar’:

‘To create an engaging, enjoyable and challenging environment for both staff and students. Where students feel confident to develop and learn, where participation is monitored, measured and celebrated’
Permeating everything we do in PE is understanding the importance of adopting and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

A personalised and creative curriculum encourages student engagement, enjoyment and development of vitally important core skills and sporting knowledge. An extensive extra-curricular programme supports students in the development of those core skills in a challenging and competitive environment.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Year 7 and 8, students experience a broad and balanced curriculum, in which they develop their skills across a range of sports. During the first half term, students undertake a series of practical baseline assessments which gives them access to a sample of units followed throughout KS3.

Students participate in a range of activities including, outwitting an opponent, swimming, personal survival, gymnastics, healthy active lifestyle, striking and fielding and athletics.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11), students participate in PE by selecting from a series of sports pathways including offsite activities such as bowling and golf. Students, through their participation, are encouraged to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of their chosen sports and enhance their performance levels alongside developing an understanding of the importance of a healthy active lifestyle.

In addition to their core PE programme (above), students may opt to follow an examination course in Physical Education. The PE department provides examination courses, including GCSE PE and BTEC Sport; all cater for the learning needs of students who have an aptitude and enthusiasm to further develop their learning in Physical Education. The PE department achieves well above the national average in these examinations.

GCSE PE has a practical component worth 30% of the overall examination grade. An example of some of the practical activities students follow are listed below:

Table Tennis

Pearson GCSE PE consists of 4 components, see below;
Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems (*Component code: 1PE0/01)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
36% of the qualification
90 marks

Content overview
● Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
● Topic 2: Movement analysis
● Topic 3: Physical training
● Topic 4: Use of data
Component 2: Health and Performance (*Component code: 1PE0/02)
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
24% of the qualification
70 marks

Content overview
● Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
● Topic 2: Sport psychology
● Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
● Topic 4: Use of data
Component 3: Practical Performance (*Component code: 1PE0/03)
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
30% of the qualification
105 marks (35 marks per activity)
Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) (*Component code: 1PE0/04)
Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
10% of the qualification
20 marks

Content overview
● Aim and planning analysis
● Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
● Evaluation of the PEP
Facilities and Resources

The sports facilities include an Astro turf, multi-use games area (MUGA), multi-use hard court area, a gymnasium, a sports hall, a fitness suite, extensive playing fields and a 25m swimming pool.

Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities

The PE department organises a series of trips both within the UK and abroad: European Ski trips, Outdoor activity centre trips, Sports tours both within the UK and abroad.

An extensive programme of extra-curricular activities is maintained as part of the schools’ enrichment programme. These activities take place before school, during the lunch break and after school. Students are enabled to participate in ‘open access’ activities and as a member of a representative team to participate in local, county and national sports competitions.

The PE Faculty is proud of the extensive programme of activities that are maintained for students and we are continuing to add to our already extensive programme to offer students the greatest extra-curricular provision possible.