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Physical Education

Head of department: Ms L Spurr                                         email:

Teachers: Ms L Spurr          Ms R Lander              Mr J Fowler               


Students study 2 periods of PE each week, with an additional single period unit on rotation in Year 7 for Swimming and Dance. We follow the KS3 National Curriculum and ensure that students experience a variety of sports, but also have opportunity to revisit sports to further progress.

Curriculum map


Compulsory Core PE Yr 10 & 11

Students study 3 periods of Core PE over a fortnight, following the Key Stage Four National Curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities whilst also promoting a wider variety of roles such as 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. A programme will then be put together for the whole year based on the most popular activities. 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 whilst also ensuring they cover a range of activities from the NC programme of study.

Curriculum map


GCSE PE is a separate subject to the compulsory Core PE. This subject is more theory based than practical. It will take an in-depth look into a variety of topic areas which are listed below. An interest in a variety of sports is essential and participation in an organised sporting activity outside of school to a high standard will be advantageous. Whilst it is not a necessity, it is advised that students currently compete in at least one sport competitively outside of school.

KS4 Time plans            PE GCSE Theory Specification         PE GCSE Practical Specification

Extra-Curricular opportunities available to all (some activities are seasonal)

All clubs will endeavour to enter in-school, local and national competitions and / or a relevant trip where appropriate;

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Benchball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rugby Union
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Career Opportunities

If you are interested in Physical Education then think about a career in….

  • Close protection work • Exercise science • Firefighting • Fitness instruction • Outdoor pursuits instructing • PE teaching • Personal training • Physiotherapy • Professional diving• Sports coaching • Sports development • Sports equipment sales • Sports event management • Sports nutrition • Sports psychology • Sports therapy • Stunt work • The Armed Forces • Youth work

If you have any further questions please email the Head of Department.