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Physical Education

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We are passionate about Physical Education and Sport. We offer a broad and varied curriculum with the aim of developing a life long sporting interest in physical activity. The varied curriculum gives students the opportunity to shine in an array of activities and develop physical confidence. We pride ourselves on our thriving extra curricular programme and attempt to offer competitive sporting opportunities to all.


Subject Objective

By the end of Year 9 we want our students to have developed not only their Physical ability but their emotional intelligence. We want them to be able to lead others confidently and be able to communicate articulately. The main focus is to improve social, emotional and physical wellbeing through the medium of Physical Education and Sport. The below strands are our focus for every year group and we aspire to develop every child in these areas.

Curriculum Overview

All pupils in Years 7 to 9 receive 2 one-hour lessons per week. The pupils engage in a variety of different sports, from traditional games such as Football, Gymnastics, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Netball through to less common activities like, Tchoukball  and Leadership. Each year the pupils will build on their knowledge from the previous year so that they can develop their skills and ability levels. PE is taught in single and mixed sex classes throughout all of KS3. Pupils are assessed in a variety of ways upon entering the school and are then placed into ability-appropriate groups. In order to maximise learning and skill development, pupils are taught a sport for a series of lessons before moving onto another activity. The PE department wants to create opportunities for all students to develop physically socially and emotionally in a sporting setting.


Core PE

PE is a compulsory subject and pupils will have 1 hour of PE per week The focus of Key stage 4 PE is to enhance students social, emotional and physical well being.  A primary aim at Key Stage 4 in PE lessons that students enjoy the lesson and are engaged by the activities. This will be done by having student placed into streams of competitive and leisure PE lessons.  The lessons will be tailored to enhance the students in a physical education setting and develop skills that can be used in everyday life and in the work environment. All students will cover a wide range of sporting activities such as Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Athletics. Some of the activities will be adapted to enhance inclusion and challenge all.  


GCSE PE - Course Structure

Edexcel GCSE course consists of:

PRACTICAL – 40% of final mark. 30% for 3 internally assessed practical sports which are then externally moderated. Includes a written piece worth 10% of the 40%.

THEORY – 60% of the final mark, assessed by two written exams of 1 hour and 15mins at the end of the course.


Assessed in 3 different practical activities:

One individual sport –  Amateur boxing, Athletics, Badminton, Canoeing/Kayaking (slalom), Canoeing/Kayaking (sprint),Cycling, Dance , Diving, Gymnastics (artistic), Golf, Equestrian, Rock climbing, Sculling, ski-ing, snowboarding, squash, swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Trampolining

One team sport – Association Football, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Cricket, Dance, Gaelic Football, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Lacrosse, Netball, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

One other choice from above.

Where a sport is in both the individual and team list, you may only do it once.

THEORY Content:

Paper 1 Written exam – 1hr 45 mins

Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Skeletal, muscular respiratory and cardio-vascular system, aerobic and anaerobic exercise, short and long term effects of exercise.

Movement Analysis – Lever systems, planes and axes of movement

Physical Training – Health and Fitness, components of fitness, fitness testing, collecting comparable data, principles of training an overload, types of training, training thresholds ,mathematical calculations, prevention of injury, altitude and seasonal training, warm-up and cool downs.

Use of Data – Quantitative and qualitative data, methods for collecting both, presenting data and the analysis and evaluation of data.

Paper 2 Written exam - 1 hour 15 mins

Sports psychology – classification of skills, basic/complex, open /closed, goal setting and SMART targets to optimise and improve performance, information processing model, guidance and feedback, mental preparation for performance e.g arousal, inverted U theory, aggression, personality, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Socio-cultural influences – effects of gender, race, age, peers, disability affects performance, role models, disposable income, commercialisation, sponsorship and media, technology positive and negative influences on the performer, sport, official, audience and sponsor, etiquette, drugs in sport, spectator behaviour, hooliganism in sport and strategies used to combat hooliganism.

Health, fitness and well-being – effect of physical activity on health and well-being, obesity, somatotypes, diet and nutrition, the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle

OCR Sports Studies

OCR Sport Studies - Course Structure

OCR Sport studies is the PE departments vocational  offer  the course is designed for students who love sport but prefer to focus upon a more heavily focused coursework based subject rather than exam focused. The course is designed to enhance your ability to participate, officiate and lead in two chosen sporting activities. In the Practical Sport unit you will be expected to participate in an individual (Badminton, Athletics etc.) and a team (Football, Rugby etc.)

You will be studying about Sport and the factors that impact its development and how the media influence our choices in activity. You will learn about world games and the organisation of Sport and how the National Governing Bodies (FA) attempts to develop their sport.

A key element of the course is Sport Leadership where you will be expected to plan, lead and evaluate your sessions

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in 4 units each worth 25%

In year 10 you will study:

  1. Contemporary Studies Exam RO51 – 1 hour exam
  2. Practical Sports RO52

In year 11 you will study:

  1. Sports Leadership R053
  2. Sport and the Media RO54

75% of the course is coursework based. For more information please email

  • Mr I Taylor – Physical Education Subject Leader
  • Mr T Machin - Second in Physical Education
  • Miss H Rockliff – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs A Maddock
  • Mr T Carroll
  • Mrs D Burton
  • Miss L Hodgkiss
  • Miss K Scorer
  • Miss R Leigh


For further information please contact Mr I Taylor (Physical Education Subject Leader) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at