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Physical Education

Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Physical Education Departments Purpose and Provision document here.

Curriculum Map

Download a copy of the Physical Education Departments Curriculum Map document here.

Physical Education is a thriving, successful and popular subject.

As a department we aim to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to experience a diverse programme of study. We have taken on the Youth Sports Trust initiative to develop life skills of confidence, resilience, teamwork and creativity. We also look at developing pupils' social skills and we are particularly proud of a four-lesson block on Christmas/Barn Dancing each year.

Key Stage 3

All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in 4 x 60-minute lessons per fortnight, covering the following range and content:

• Fitness: The aim of this unit is to develop pupils' understanding of their own fitness and how improving their fitness impacts on their health and well-being

• Games: Pupils will be taught how to outwit an opponent through a range of games, including table tennis, football, basketball, badminton, hockey, volleyball, netball, rugby, handball, rounders and cricket. In each game pupils will be taught to develop their technical performance, tactical awareness and knowledge of the rules governing the game

• Gymnastics/Trampolining: Pupils will be taught to develop specific gymnastic techniques and to perform them accurately and consistently. They will be required to create, plan, perform and evaluate sequences on both the floor and using apparatus

• Dance: Pupils will explore and communicate ideas, concepts and emotions through dance. This will include both set dance and creative dance, with the pupils planning, performing and evaluating their own work

• Orienteering: Pupils will be taught to develop their problem solving and orienteering skills through a range of on-site activities

• Athletics: Pupils will be taught to perform at maximum levels through a range of running, jumping and throwing techniques and the competition rules governing each event

In all activities pupils' awareness of health, fitness and safety will be developed.

Key Stage 4

All pupils will participate in 2 x 60 minute core PE lessons per fortnight putting the skills and tactics that they have learnt into game situations. We encourage and give opportunities for pupils to develop habits for lifelong participation in sport and physical exercise.

In addition, at KS4, pupils have the opportunity to develop their physical skills and learn the theoretical aspects of Physical Education through GCSE PE. The department offers the OCR GCSE Physical Education course. This will be an extra 5 x 60 minute lessons per fortnight. If they opt for GCSE PE then the majority of their core PE lessons are dedicated to the practical element of the GCSE curriculum.

Pupils who choose to opt for PE at our sixth form study the AQA A-Level Physical Education course. Please see the A-Level PE page on our Sixth Form website for more information.


The Department has a staff of five specialist teachers. There is a well-equipped gymnasium and dance studio, a large hard surfaced areas consisting of three netball/ tennis courts, extensive on-site playing fields (including five football pitches and a 400m track), a sports hall and two 3G multi use games areas.

There are many clubs held at lunchtime and after school. All pupils, regardless of their ability, are encouraged to attend. Teams regularly take part in inter-form and inter-school competitions at local, regional and national levels. In addition, coaches from a wide range of sports support the department's diverse extra-curricular programme. Activities range from traditional team games such as netball, basketball, badminton, rugby, cricket, rounders and football, to a more diverse range of activities including dance, fitness and boccia.


Mr N Black - Head of Department
Mrs A Gleave - Assistant Head of Department
Mrs H Hargreaves
Mrs S Layfield
Mr C Watts