Physical Education

Work within the Physical Education Department is designed to support, contribute to and complement the aims of the school.

Physical Education has a unique role to play in the physical, social and mental development of the child. By giving every child access to a broad and balanced physical education, the department aims to encourage active participation of all pupils in an enjoyable learning environment.

The department follows National curriculum guidelines for Physical Education. Structured and developmental schemes of work provide for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement. The aim is for pupils to develop their physical competence and understanding of the activites offered.

The developments of a sense of fair play, tolerance and good sporting behaviour are considered to be essential elements of the learning process. It is intended that the programme offered will help foster positive attitudes towards regular physical activity with an awareness of the benefits to health gained from so doing. The hope is that every pupil will go on to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

GCSE Physical Education

The course has a 60% practical element. Students are expected to develop an advanced skill level in four activities, so a desire to improve your sporting ability is essential. There is an expectation that you have been involved in extra –curricular activities during Key Stage 3. Practical activities include: Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Cross -Country, Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Swimming, Life Saving, Horse Riding, Judo, Tae Kwondo, Golf, Gymnastics & Dance.

During the practical, pupils will plan and implement a personal training programme. Pupils will be expected to evaluate both their own performance and that of others and also being involved in coaching and umpiring.

The theory element of the course holds a 40% weighting and pupils sit a two-hour examination. Pupils are expected to develop a sound knowledge of the human body, understand principles involved in training, understand the importance of sport in society and relate to social and cultural issues in sport. 

Curriculum and Qualifications

At KS3 the department follows the National Curriculum's programme of study.  Full details can be accessed from here.

At KS4 the department follows the following exam courses:

If you require further information about the PE  curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Miss Dunnett, Head of Department, at