GSO Test

Physical Education

The Physical Education Department strives to enable all students to achieve emotional, social, mental and physical development. The school encourages a healthy and happy lifestyle through participation in physical activities. Achievements in sport are celebrated during and at the end of each year. Students are given the opportunity to participate in inter-house as well as inter-school competitions.


We have a policy “Fit for School – Fit for Sport”. This means that if your son/daughter is in school, we expect them to take part in their PE lesson. Should your son/daughter be unable to physically take part for one week or more a medical note from your GP will be necessary. Your child will still participate and will still need their PE kit. They will just take on a different role in the lesson i.e. coach/umpire/leader. PE is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum and the Department of Health and Department for Education have directed the school to ensure all students participate in sport.


Onsite facilities consist of a MUGA that has markings for 3 netball courts, 3 tennis courts, 7-a-side football and 7-a-side hockey, alongside a 60m track and long jump pit. There is further outdoor space of 2 basketball courts. Indoor teaching space comprises a gym with markings for volleyball, badminton and basketball. Use is also made of local playing fields and leisure facilities. Using facilities in the local community is especially important in the Upper School. In order to promote fitness for life, the school encourages students to make use of their local sports facilities in their leisure time.


The school has close links with the following organisations: Blackheath Schools FA, Cambridge Harriers, The Eltham Centre, Footscray Rugby Club, Get Set Network, Greenwich Dance Agency, Greenwich Olympic Legacy Team, Keddles Thai Boxing Gym, Lawn Tennis Association, London Schools Athletics Association, Southmere Boating Club, The Reach Climbing Wall and Gravesend Cyclopark.


Students are offered the opportunity to be involved in a range of extra-curricular sporting activities and competitions with other schools. These activities are supported by parents/carers and members of staff with relevant qualifications. The school uses external coaches where appropriate.




Students follow a curriculum that will feed in to the sports that will be assessed at GCSE. Over the three years, students will study swimming, netball, basketball, volleyball, orienteering, trampoline, rugby union, hockey, athletics and rounders.



We are currently following the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education course covering the following elements;

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems (36% written paper)

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
Topic 2: Movement analysis
Topic 3: Physical training
Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2: Health and Performance (24% written paper)

Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
Topic 2: Sport psychology
Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
Topic 4: Use of data

Component 3: Practical Performance (30% three practical activities from a set list)

One must be a team activity.

One must be an individual activity.

The final activity can be a free choice.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (10% written assessment)

Aim and planning analysis
Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
Evaluation of the PEP


Students study four periods of Core PE over a fortnight, which may consist of both single and double lessons.   Students will be following a curriculum that encourages them to participate in a range of activities. It will also promote a variety of roles within sport, such as performer, coach, referee and instructor. To encourage participation during Key Stage 4, students will be given an options form in June where they will select activities. The most popular activities will form the basis of the curriculum and students will be assigned to an activity based on the rank they have given it; we endeavour to give students their top 3 choices over the year.   Previous activities have included trampolining, fitness, yoga, football, rugby, cycling, golf, Thai boxing and indoor climbing. Some activities do incur a cost for external instructors and facilities, which are made very clear to the students at the point of choosing activities.