Welcome to the PE Department

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Our aim is to raise awareness, knowledge and abilities of all students, in relation to the health, social and emotional benefits of sport. We want all students to enjoy sport and exercise, and to learn the skills to maintain an active lifestyle into adulthood.

We pride ourselves on the breadth of our extra-curricular provision.

Each student experiences a broad and balanced programme that draws on the key elements of the National Curriculum. Every activity has its own particular expectations which match the end of Key Stage descriptions. Students study units of work taken from Rugby, Netball, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics and Tennis. Students not only have the opportunity to develop as performers, but also expand their understanding through taking on roles such as coach, official and manager.

Students can also enjoy attending the residential Spanish Football Tour, Ski Trip, Calshot Trip, a day trip experiencing the Sports Science facilities at Bath University, and numerous opportunities to attend live sporting events.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7, students initially receive a skills based curriculum where Core Strands vital for all sporting success are assessed. Students aspire to be Masters of Stamina, Spatial Awareness, Skilfulness, Stance and Strategy through a varied activity programme.

Students are given the opportunity to evaluate their own, and others performance in relation to the criteria set. Within practical lessons, students are given the opportunity to explore: 

  • the short and long term effects of exercise on the body

  • how to devise a three-stage warm-up and the benefits of a cool-down

  • the major bones and muscles in the human body

  • the components of fitness necessary for different sporting activities

This knowledge gained is assessed through a short multiple choice test at the end of each term.

Year 8

In Year 8, students will further develop the performance of a range of sports through increasing their skill base and applying them to full game situations. The five Core Strands remain a focus to assess effort and achievement.

Theory content will continue to be explored, with an end of Year test assessing the students knowledge of the content covered over the two years at Key Stage 3.

Content covered in Year 8 includes:

  • definitions of health, fitness, exercise and well-being

  • how the muscular and skeletal systems work together to allow movement to occur

  • diet

Year 9

Within core physical the breath of study is expanded and emphasis is placed on the application of core skills within competitive situation.

The Year 9 academic PE curriculum consists of a programme designed to give the student a greater awareness of Academic PE. It builds on Year 7 and 8 and develops knowledge of the body systems and Health & Fitness.

Key Stage 4

Academic PE – Year 10 & 11

The students complete the NCFE Health and Fitness Level 1 & 2 course . This again builds on the students studies in years 7, 8 and 9. It covers the Body systems and Fitness for the examination taken March Year 10 and is 40% of the course. The pupils then apply further knowledge to an external set coursework scenario that is developed with the end of Year 10 and Year 11 . This equates to 60% of the course marks.


The well-equipped Gymnasium, Sports Hall, extensive playing fields and Tennis Courts are fully utilised every day. Also at break and lunch times there are mini outdoor basketball pitches and a traversing climbing wall.

Extra-curricular Activities

The school offers a large choice of extra-curricular sporting clubs which take place at lunch times and after school. We pride ourselves on the quality of this and this success within this area.

A full list of Extra-Curricular clubs can be viewed here.

The sporting fixture Spectator Policy can be read here.