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Physical Education


In PE we offer a mixed and varied curriculum to enable our students to make maximal progress. Students are taught within the framework of our academy and PE values and are given an opportunity to develop in many different roles within sport to create confident and independent young people. Personal fitness and competition are themes that run throughout the Key Stages with Inter-house sports week, District and County competitions.  Students are also exposed to many opportunities that they can take advantage of during extra- curricular hours both at lunch time and after school, with many linking clubs operating out of Harris Sports Centre.



Want to become a Personal Trainer or Sports Coach? Think that physiotherapy or PE teaching might be a career choice for you? Find the human body fascinating?  If so, GCSE (9–1) Physical Education is for you.


  • 30% Practical performance + 10 % Coursework Analysis of Performance
  • 60% Theory exam


You are assessed in your performance in 3 different sports: 100 marks


  • 1 Team Sport (10%) 25 marks
  • 1 Individual Sport (10%) 25 marks
  • 1 From either of the above categories (10%) 25 marks
  • Coursework Content - Analysis and evaluation (10%) 25 marks


Students are required to analyse and evaluate a performance to identify two strengths and two weaknesses. They then need to produce an action plan that suggests ways to improve upon the two weaknesses that they have identified. This work is to be completed in written format.



Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.


A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.


  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data


30% of overall GCSE mark


Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport


  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data


30% of overall GCSE mark



  • A passion for sport
  • Commitment to school sports teams and clubs
  • Commitment to leadership at school clubs
  • A desire to want to improve and develop as an individual
  • A great team player
  • A member at an external club


BTEC First Award in Sport

Want to take a sports qualification with less emphasis on exams? Like the thought of becoming a Personal Trainer or Sports Coach? Thinking about a career in or around sport? If so, BTEC First Award in Sport is for you.


  • 25% externally assessed
  • 75% internally assessed


You will be assessed in four topics, each contributing 25% towards the final mark


Unit 1 – Fitness for sport and exercise – Externally assessed (25%)

Students will look into the numerous health and skill components of fitness and why they are necessary for successful participation in sport. Students will look into numerous training methods and the principles of training that can be applied to such training methods. Students will have the opportunity to carry out their own training session in our renovated fitness, as well as having the opportunity to learn and take part in numerous fitness tests.


The exam will consist of a mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and one extended answer questions.


Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities – Internally assessed (25%)

Students will look into the attributes and responsibilities of a leader and produce a presentation or a report on their strengths. Students will then plan 2 sessions on a sports activity which will be supported with a risk assessment. Students will then have the opportunity to deliver their own session to peers or younger year groups in the school. Finally, students will evaluate and reflect on their session in the form of a written report.


Unit 2 – Practical Performance in sport – Internally assessed (25%)

Students will look into the numerous rules/laws of two sporting activity of their choice and produce. They are to provide evidence of their knowledge of different regulations and the roles and responsibilities of officials. Students are then assessed on their practical performance in both of these activities. They will be assessed on the:


  • Effective use of skill and technique
  • Effective use of tactics
  • Isolated practices
  • Conditioned practices
  • Competitive situations


Finally, students are to observe their own performance and use an observation checklist to assess their performance. They will need to write a report on the strengths and their areas of development in skills, technique and application of tactics.


Unit 3 – Apply the principles of personal training – Internally assessed (25%)

Students will implement their knowledge that they developed in Unit 1 into their own training programme.  Students will look into setting their own SMART targets whilst designing their own training report. Students will design and complete their own training session over a several weeks. While completing their own training session, students are to complete a training diary on how the training programme is going. In this unit, students will also look into the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory system where they will be able to identify parts of the heart as well as specific bones and muscles. Finally, students are to review the effectiveness of their training programme in the form of a written report.



In Key Stage 3, students study our 10 core values of; leadership, helping others, perseverance, healthy lifestyles, fitness, creativity, maximal performance, learning new skills, teamwork and evaluation through a wide range of different sports. In year 7 the main focus is to learn new skills and gain a greater understanding of rules and tactics.  In Year 8 the curriculum is based around “The Big Question?”, for example ‘What does it take to be an elite performer?’ This will enable students to think deeper and apply their knowledge and prior learning to the application of sporting activities. 



PE provides many opportunities for personal development that are not always possible in the classroom. Through the core values of PE students are encouraged to find out more about themselves, their personal limitations, the awe and wonder of sport and the performance of others.



PE offers the opportunity to discuss the awe and wonder of outstanding performance, the creativity and influence of others, the various expressions of performance and a concept of steps towards a journey of lifelong participation within a framework of risk taking and progress.



PE provides a medium of fair play, the effects of cheating, winning and losing, decision making and using sport as means of competition and challenge. Moral development is at the forefront of participation in the variety of roles students undertake.



PE offers many opportunities for students to work with others in team roles, collaborative roles, evaluation of others, competing with other schools and within school and opportunities to represent the school within different roles of leaders, performers and officials.



PE challenges cultural stereotypes through opportunity to engage in non traditional sports, disability sports, sports otherwise limited by socio-economic influences and challenge media portrayal of different groups through discussion and experience of different activities.