PE Department
Please see Key Stage 3  (for Year Groups 7, 8 & 9) and Key Stage 4 (for Year Groups 10 & 11) for a detailed list of activities carried out in the PE Department.


All pupils at KS3 will be taught using Key Concepts: 
  • Competence.
  • Performance.
  • Creativity.
  • Healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Body Image.
Pupils should be able to: Develop skills in physical activity
  1. Refine and adapt skills into techniques.
  2. Develop the range of skills they use.
  3. Develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills.
Pupils should be able to: Make and apply decisions
  1. Select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type contexts.
  2. Refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances.
  3. Plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance.
Pupils should be able to: Develop physical and mental capacity
  1. Develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of Different activities.
  2. Develop their mental determination to succeed.
Pupils should be able to: Evaluate and improve
  1. Analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others.
  3. Act on these decisions in future performances.
  4. Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved.
Pupils should be able to:  Make informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles
  1. Identify the types of activity they are best suited to.
  2. Identify the types of role they would like to take on.
  3. Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.
The curriculum will be delivered using a range of different activities/sports taken from 6 key areas. 

Achievement, Excel and Success Pathways - Year 7 & Year 8
Pupils will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through four areas of activity:
  • Games activities. 
  • Swimming activities and water safety. 
  • Athletic activities. 
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities. 
  • Gymnastics/Dance. 
  • Fitness testing and tracking.
Achievement, Excel and Success Pathways - Year 9
Pupils will be given the opportunity to become more expert in their knowledge, skills and understanding through four areas of activity: 
  • Games activities. 
  • Swimming activities and water safety. 
  • Athletic activities. 
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities. 
  • Gymnastics/Dance. 
  • Fitness testing and tracking. 


There are two main Physical Education and Sport options in Key Stage 4. The information below provides a brief description of the available courses and outlines the key information from each specification. 

Sport Academy – GCSE PE (OCR)


This pathway offers pupils the chance to;

  1. Develop their skills and knowledge in all aspects of physical education.
  2. Develop their ability in a range of team and individual sports.
  3. Explore the theory components of Physical Education.
  4. Develop confidence and self-esteem.
  5. Further study PE at both A level or BTEC, or pursue a career in the sport and leisure industry.
Within the GCSE PE pathway pupils will take part in theory and practical lessons. In the theory lessons they will explore a number of components that will be spread across both years. Within the first year pupils will explore the physical factors affecting performance, including anatomy and physiology and physical training. In the second year pupils will explore socio-cultural issues, including sports psychology and health, fitness and well-being. Across the two years practical lessons will be dedicated to developing skills in a range of sports. Pupils will finally be assessed in three sports that will account for 40% of their final grade. The remaining 60% will be gained via two written exams at the end of year 11. 

Method of Assessment

60% Theory

40% Practical

  • Exam 1 = Physical factors affecting performance (60 marks)
  • Exam 2 = Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (60 marks)
  • Practical activity assessment = 3 sports (a mixture of team and individual sports)
  • Analysing and Evaluating Performance controlled assessment
Sports Academy - BTEC Sport (Level 2 First Award in Sport)
This pathway offers pupils the chance to;
  1. Explore the theory aspects of sport via the completion of coursework assignments.
  2. Gain an understanding of fitness training, sports performance and how the body works during exercise.
  3. Take part in a range of practical activities to support their theory knowledge and BTEC assignments.
  4. Develop confidence and increase self-esteem.
  5. Further study PE/Sport at level 3, or pursue a career in the sport and leisure industry.

Pupils who study the BTEC Sport qualification will take part in a variety of theory and practical lessons. However within the BTEC pathway there is no practical assessment. All assessment is completed via coursework assignments and a computer based exam. In year one pupils will study for this computer based exam and complete one coursework unit. This involves exploring 'fitness for sport’ and 'practical sports performance’. In the second year pupils will complete the remaining two coursework units and will explore 'applying the principles of personal training' and 'the sports performer in action’.

Method of Assessment

Year 10

Year 11

  • Unit 1 – Fitness for sport and exercise (computer based exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical sports performance (coursework)
  • Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training (coursework)
  • Unit 5: The sports performer in action (coursework)

Both key stage 4 options allow pupils to take up further study at level 3 in key stage 5 via BTEC or A levels.  


Sport - BTEC National Extended Certificate - Level 3


This course is designed to follow on from GCSE PE and BTECs within Sport, or Young Apprenticeship award.  It is designed to give knowledge, practical coaching skills and a full understanding of the sports and leisure industry. 

The principles of sport that will be taught will underpin many aspects of professional life within the sector and will reflect an enormous breadth and depth of the subject; from principles of anatomy and physiology; to fitness training and programming; to professional development in the sports industry and the application of fitness testing. The course offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body, and develop coaching, leadership and organisation skills. This also gives pupils the opportunity to gain specific knowledge and understanding which is relevant to the different sectors of the sports industry.

Method of Assessment

Year 12

Year 13

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology (written exam)
  • Unit 2: Fitness training and programming (synoptic style controlled assessment)
  • Unit 3: Professional development in the sports industry (coursework)
  • Unit 5: Application of fitness testing (coursework)