PE Subject Staff

Mr Davis Director of PE Faculty
Miss Bell Teacher of PE
Mrs Vercell Teacher of PE
Mr Jones Teacher of PE
Mr Wakefield Teacher of PE
Mr Staniforth Deputy Headteacher


Subject Overview

In PE it is our intent that our curriculum will enable our learners to become responsible, effective young people, by building the core skills and values of sport – resilience, leadership, self-confidence, empathy, respect, conflict resolution and compromise through the explicit promotion of sporting etiquette.  

We will aim to make a profound positive impact to the outcomes of every child through encouraging students to participate in sport and physical activity leading into participation and enjoyment in their lives beyond school. Our curriculum promotes a healthy active lifestyle focussing on enjoyment, a love of sport or physical activity which in turn will lead to the promotion of mental, social, physical and emotional well-being and the benefits of sport to the whole person. 

Key Stage 3

The curriculum is taught in mixed ability classes with a split of mixed and single gender grouping. Each student in Years 7 and 8 experiences five hours of Physical Education a fortnight, while students in Year 9 participate in 4 hours a fortnight. They can also access lunchtime and afterschool clubs throughout the week.  All students follow a broad and balanced programme of study incorporating a mix of invasion games, net/wall games, striking and fielding games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and aesthetic movement in gym and dance. 

Key Stage 4 

Students in Years 10 and 11 will be provided with 2 hours of practical Physical Education each week.  We offer 3 pathways to match with the skills and interest to help foster a lifelong appreciation of and participation in physical activity.  These pathways are; competitive games, individual games, and health and fitness activities.   

Students wishing to take academic PE will follow one of two pathways: AQA GCSE PE or OCR Cambridge National Sports Science. 


The Physical Education GCSE course is a popular option. The AQA Physical Education Syllabus (9-1 2016 Specification) is structured to ensure the gap between GCSE and A-Level is reduced. Promoting an in-depth knowledge of how lifestyle choices, human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, fitness and training, healthy lifestyles and sports psychology affect sports performance. As an overview the course is now split into; 

• 2 theoretical examinations - (60% combined) 

• Coursework - (10%) 

• Practical Performance (30%) 

Cambridge National Sports Studies 

The Cambridge National offers an alternative pathway to GCSE PE. It allows students to study PE in a different context which explores the importance of health, sport and physical education in a number of different roles and scenarios. 

An overview of the course - students study 3 units across the 2 years.  One unit is externally assessed as an exam and the other two are internally assessed. 

Mandatory Units 

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport 

  • Developing Sports Skills 

Optional Unit 

  • Sport and the Media 

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form, students can follow the Pearson Level 3 BTEC National in Sport, extended certificate, equivalent to one A level.  The course is split into 4 units, two of which are externally moderated and two internally moderated.  

The 4 units are: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology 

  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being  

  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry 

  • Sports Psychology