Physical Education

“Achieving success through participation and performance"

The PE Department seeks to help today’s young people develop into adults with a lifetime commitment to sport and physical activity.

We aim:

  • To develop an understanding of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy life

  • To develop a range of motor skills

  • To develop the appreciation of the concepts of fair play and honest competition

  • To develop the capacity to persevere to achieve success

  • To encourage an intrinsic enjoyment of sport and physical activity

  • To strive to raise the standard of physical education and sport for all our students

Key Stage 3

Students’ have two, one-hour lessons of physical education each week. For each half term, one main sport is taught per class. These lesson are designed to prepare students to achieve the motor skills needed in order to be successful in GCSE Physical Education.

The activities include:

  • Football

  • Basketball

  • Fitness

  • Dodgeball

  • Trampolining

  • Rounders

  • Athletics

  • Dance

  • Rugby

  • Netball

  • Table Tennis


Students have a one-hour lesson each week. During the course of a year students will have the opportunity to participate in number of different sporting activities. During years 9, 10 and 11, physical education lessons focus on learning within a competitive environment. The pupils also experience the different roles of the performer, captain, coach and official within these activities.

The activities are Football, Basketball, Netball, Dodgeball, Fitness, Table Tennis, Badminton, Dance, Zumba, Rounders and Athletics.

Pupils follow the Edexcel Course.

In years 9, 10 and 11, groups are single gender for practical lessons and mixed gender for theory.

In most circumstances each activity will be repeated in both year 10 and 11. The following practical activities will be covered in Years 9, 10 and 11 depending on the experience and expertise of the group.


You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities.
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance.
  • Find ways to improve your performance in a variety of roles.
  • Identify ways to develop and maintain an healthy active lifestyle through participation in physical activity.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise and Training and Sports Injuries.



The GCSE course is assessed over four components:

Component 1:  Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes worth 36% 

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2:  Health and Performance

Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes worth 24% 

  • 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

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated worth 30%  (105 marks –35 marks per activity)

  • One team activity, one individual activity and a free choice from the list published by the DfE
  • Skills in Isolation
  • Skills in competitive/formal situation

Component 4:  Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated worth 10%  (20 marks)

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP


P.E. is a subject accepted by employers as a G.C.S.E. It is useful for students who are considering a career that includes any aspect of sport.  For example:


Health and fitness

  • Club and Duty Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Instructing and Coaching
  • University Sport lecturing  
  • Consultancy work based on GP referrals – usually with particular sections of the population, e.g. those with diabetes, arthritis
  • Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic
  • Lifestyle Consultancy and Nutrition – opportunities are increasing as the sector embraces the concept of wellness.

Sport and recreation

  • Sport Development, Performance, Administration and Facility Management
  • Outdoor Education
  • General Management in venues including theme parks, cinemas and tourist attractions
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Sport Media, including writing, PR and marketing
  • Online games Software Development and Business Development
  • Roles within Adventure Tourism and Gap Year Providers.
  • Sports Psychologist


Key Stage 5

  • AS Level PE: Pupils follow the OCR course.

  • A Level PE: Pupils follow the OCR course.

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