Physical Education

April 17th, 2018

Welcome to the PE Department

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Our aim is to raise the awareness, knowledge and abilities of all students, in relation to the health and social 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 breath of the 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 works taken from Gymnastics, Rugby, Netball, Table Tennis, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, 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 choreographer.

Students can also enjoy attending the annual residential Spanish Football Tour, Ski Trip, Calshot Trip or visit the AEGON Tennis Championships in London.

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Curriculum Content

Year 7
In year 7, students receive initially a ‘skills based’ curriculum where the key concepts of physical activity are delivered to teach and assess students’ ability in four core (transferable) skills: running, striking, catching and throwing. Students then specialise in the major areas of football, netball, hockey, rugby, badminton, Health related fitness and Gymnastics. Within practical lessons, students are taught:
a) the short and long term effects of exercise on the body
b) how to devise a three-stage warm-up and the benefits of a cool-down
c) sporting etiquette and behaviour
d) types of fitness and fitness testing

Year 8
In year 8, students will further develop their knowledge of a range of sports through officiating and organising, learning the importance of a warm-up and cool-down and knowing how to analyse performance through both individual and peer assessment means, continuing the progress made in year 7.

Lessons will heavily focus on the use of correct terminology and the basics behind human movement and the short/long-term effects of exercise.

In year 8, students will be taught:
a) the main principles of training (F.I.T.T and S.P.O.R.T.)
b) how the muscular and skeletal systems work together to allow movement to occur
c) energy systems within the body

Year 9 Physical Education

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 GCSE PE.


The GCSE PE course requires students to study a broad range of theoretical content around health, participation and anatomy and physiology for an exam worth 60% of the final grade. The remaining 40% is assessed through the practical ability as a performer with 3 sports. A keen interest in watching and reading about sport is recommended and students are strongly advised attend extra-curricular clubs and sports clubs outside of school to further develop their skills as a performer.

For students who have opted to take the GCSE PE, we follow the new 9-1 Edexcel GCSE PE Specification.
The curriculum is based largely on the following key components:

  1. The roles of the active participant
  2. Individual differences
  3. The physical and mental demands of performance
  4. Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle
  5. Training methods
  6. Diet and nutrition
  7. School influences
  8. Cultural and social factors
  9. Opportunities and pathways available for becoming or remaining involved in physical activities
  10. International and other factors

Within core PE pupils are given an options based programme where the emphasis is on the application of core skills within a games environment. Within GCSE PE in Year 10 & 11, the students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical components. The coursework element, that accounts for 10% of the course, where students develop and then analyse a Personal Exercise Program is completed. Pupils continue to cover the main topic areas and will be individually monitored in view of their progress with mock examinations and end of topic tests. Practical performance is finally graded in March with the Examination Board moderating in the Easter term.


Further course information:


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. To see this terms sporting clubs click here.

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