Physical Education

Physical Education


Everyone should enjoy being physically active. Our experience of any activity should be rewarding and fun and it is the aim of the Physical Education department to ensure that our students develop positive attitudes towards exercise. It is our belief that our students will leave school with a clear understanding of the important role regular exercise, in some form, plays, in enabling them to lead a healthy and active life.

We also firmly believe that participation in physical activity will contribute significantly to the development of important social qualities such as honesty, fairness, co-operation, responsibility and leadership. Success in sport greatly enhances self esteem and confidence.

We aim to create an environment where all students are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential and are able to derive a sense of satisfaction and a sense of achievement from their own personal progress. 

Key Stage 3

In Key stage three all students follow a traditional programme of activity.

We aim to develop students ability to perform with confidence, execute skills accurately and make appropriate decisions in a variety of demanding physical situations. Students will also develop their understanding of how and why they do something and an ability to evaluate their work and use feedback to improve what they do.

Key Stage 4

All students continue with a core programme in Physical Education.  In year ten students will further develop their competence and their understanding in some of the activities they participated in at key stage 3, they will also have the opportunity for taster sessions in a variety of other activities.  In year eleven students have an options programme where they are able to select the activities they would like to pursue.

For those students that have a particular aptitude and interest in physical education G.C.S.E. physical education is option they can select to study in addition to the core programme.


GCSE Physical Education (AQA)

GCSE Physical Education will enable you to:


  • Develop your understanding of how the human body works and how it adapts as a result of exercise.

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Develop an understanding of the important role sport and recreation plays in contemporary society.

  • Become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities.



 Non-exam assessment 40%

Written examination 60%


Course Structure

 Written paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.

Covering - applied anatomy and physiology – movement analysis – the theory of physical training.

Written paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity in sport.

Covering – sports psychology – social and cultural influences on participation – health and well-being.


Non-exam Assessment – Students are assessed in the practical performance of three practical activities, one must be a team activity, one an individual activity and a third activity from either category. Assessment is based on execution of skills and application of skills in a match or performance situation. Students will also undertake a written or verbal evaluation of their own or another’s performance.

Assessment of practical work is carried out by the class teacher and is on-going.

An external moderator will visit the school in Year 11 to assess a sample of practical activities to ensure consistent marking across schools.