Physical Education

Our aim as a Physical Education Department is to promote physical activity for all pupils and to emphasise the importance of exercise. We deliver a range of P.E., which supports our students to develop physically, personally, socially and morally. A variety of teaching and learning styles are delivered to encourage pupils to take personal ownership of their own physical fitness/well being and further develop confidence and self esteem.

Curriculum Leader

Mr E. Fenlon

Staff Members

  • Miss E Heaton
  • Mr A Penhorwood
  • Mr T Idowu

Rugby Hub Officer

Aron Evans

Year 7, 8 & 9 PE:

We deliver skills in five areas of study: gymnastics, swimming, athletics, outdoor education, and games. Pupils’ knowledge base is developed, new skills are acquired, and an insight is gained into sporting tactics and decision-making. The activities run for approximately 10 weeks. Each pupil will receive 4 lessons of Physical Education per fortnight (3 lessons in year 9).

Year 10 & 11 Core PE:

At Key Stage 4, the programme develops the work studied at Key Stage 3. Physical activity is related to issues of health and well-being: training, fitness, and individual/team sports are delivered.

GCSE  Physical  Education  (WJEC)

Pupils who would like to follow a Sport pathway as an option in year 10 will follow the GCSE PE (WJEC) qualification. The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. The course will deliver opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The pupils require a keen interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

Areas of study will include:

Unit 1 – Health, Training and Fitness (components of fitness, testing, training methods, health, fitness diet & nutrition)

Unit 2 – Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (skill, ability, information processing, stages of learning, training sessions, practice types, goal setting, motivation, skill continuum, guidance)

Unit 3 – Socio-Cultural issues in Sport (sport funding, participation, national lottery, government, sports councils)

Unit 4 – Exercise & Physiology (skeletal system, cardio vascular system, respiratory system)

Unit 5 – Movement Analysis (sports technology, muscle contractions, lever system, axes of movement)

Unit overview: The course has two sections. A practical element (50%) and a written element (50%) The written examination is a two hour paper.  Learners will be assessed through a range of short and extended questions.  The questions will be based on audio-visual stimuli and other sources. The topics covered will be examined in any part of the paper. The more challenging questions will be weighted more heavily and require the ability to explain key aspects with detail and analyse sources of information. 

Year 12 &13 BTEC Sport:

Pupils who would like to continue to follow a Sport pathway in Key Stage 5 will follow the  Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport Qualification. It is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. Each pupil will receive 10 hours of lessons a fortnight.

Area of study will include:

Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology (Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems)

Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being)

Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities)

One more optional unit will also be completed from the following: Sports Leadership, Application of Fitness Testing, Sports Psychology, Practical Sports Performance.

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment: external, internal and synoptic.

Useful Websites:

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education (J587) Content and Assessment Overview