Physical Education

Head of Department:
Mr Mark Nicholson

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To maintain and/or stimulate students’ interest and enjoyment in sport, promoting health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.

To provide students with the opportunity to experience a varied curricular and extra- curricular programme featuring a breadth and depth of activities and skills.


Physical education provides students with a platform on which they can improve physical competencies and develop personal and interpersonal skills. It enables students to develop necessary capacities and abilities for participating in a wide range of physical, sport, and cultural activities, which improve their physical wellbeing and prepare them for an active and healthy life.

Taught through a wide range of sports each year, students will: 

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, rounders, rugby and tennis] 
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics] 
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group 
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best 
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs. 

During Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum and focus assessment, of the various activities, through Head, Heart, & Hands rather than just performance. This ensures that we directly address our aims for PE as well as ensuring that each student is able to enjoy the various experiences and develop not just their sporting expertise but life skills as well.

YEARS Practicing Physical Education (Hands) Physical Activities & Sports (Heart) Physical Activity & Health (Head)


7 & 8

Pupils will be able to: 
  • Evaluate performances and use this information to modify and refine skills into techniques to improve their performance. 
  • Draw on what they know about tactics, strategy and composition to influence outcomes and use this understanding to make links to other subjects / curriculum areas.
Pupils will be able to: 
  • Select and combine skills and develop consistency, fluency and precision in sport-specific techniques that develop the whole body. 
  • Apply skills and techniques in new and unfamiliar activities or sports (in formal competitions or performances to audiences).
Pupils will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate confidence and determination to face up to challenges. 
  • Demonstrate the desire to achieve success for themselves and others.
  • Understand how to express and deal with emotions. 
  • Understand the importance of stamina, strength, speed and suppleness to fitness and health. 
  • Understand the importance of personal hygiene that contributes to their well-being.



Pupils will be able to: 
  • Analyse and comment as individuals and team members on how skills, techniques and ideas have been used. 
  • Suggest ways to improve which includes both short term adaptation and refinement and longer term suggestions re skill / technical development and fitness improvement.
  • Select and combine advanced skills in performances. 
  • Take on different roles within an activity such as player/performer, coach, leader or officiator, organiser. 
  • Communicate effectively, applying rules fairly and consistently to the conventions and codes of conduct for different activities.
  • Explain the principles of safe practice and regular training. 
  • Apply this knowledge effectively to plan personal exercise plans for themselves and others to bring about improvements to physical fitness, health and mental and social wellbeing.


This is achieved by covering [where possible and dependent upon timetable allocation and resources available] the following activities:

Rugby, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics, Badminton, Fitness Suite (Year 9 only), Table –Tennis, Cricket, Cross – Country Running, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Volleyball.




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