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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

During their time in this stage students will experience differing activities to progress co-ordination, aesthetic appreciation, technique and enhance confidence in the physical environment. The ability to lead and learn about warming up safely the body and cooling down post exercise is also introduced.

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, Health Related Exercise and Trampolining. 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 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. A range of individual sports and team sports are included within the curriculum to engage all learners.


PE is a compulsory subject and all pupils will have 3 hours of PE lessons per fortnight. In these lessons the pupils will have 2 practical lessons per fortnight covering a wide range of sporting activities such as Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Trampolining, tennis and athletics. Within these lessons pupils will further develop their skills and tactics within a competitive environment. The third lesson a fortnight is a fitness lesson to ensure all pupils understand why there is a need to be fit and different ways in which greater fitness can be achieved so they are equipped with this knowledge for when they leave school and have to make life choices as a young adult.

The faculty offer Edexcel GCSE Physical Education and VCERT Health and Fitness.

Edexcel GCSE PE Drop down within Ks4

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 15 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

Use of Data.

VCERT Health and Fitness 

The VCERT Health and Fitness course is a new course for September 2017 which will give a modular approach to assessment for students. This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet. Level 2 is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding, and want to apply that knowledge in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme.

The Course consists of the following units that are each worth 25% of your total grade.

Unit number

and title



Unit 01

Principles of health and fitness


Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 02

Healthy lifestyles


Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 03

Preparing and planning for health and fitness


Externally set and marked assessment paper

Unit 04

Develop a personal health and fitness programme


Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

  • Mr I Taylor – Physical Education Faculty Leader
  • Mrs D Burton – Head of Girls PE
  • Mr T Machin
  • Miss H Rockliff – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs A Maddock
  • Mr T Carroll
  • Miss L Hodgkiss


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