PE & Sport

Team Leader of PE Mr T Godfray
Teacher of PE & Faculty Coach Mrs R Topley
Teacher of PE Mr T Blewitt
Teacher of PE & Assistant Head Mr T Brown
Teacher of PE & Dance Mrs J Feakins-Taylor
Teacher of PE Mr L Hill
Teacher of PE & Assistant Head Mr A Jackson
Teacher of PE Miss E Unitt

PE is a core subject. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students having four periods per fortnight. Our students have the option to take GCSE PE or BTEC Sport in Years 10 and 11. Students are able to study A'Level PE in Years 12 and 13. Further details about the A'Level course are available on the Sixth Form website.


We are an innovative department that stimulates all pupils’ through our widely recognised sporting excellence. Our intense and dynamic curriculum, competitive inter-house and extra-curricular activities, allows students’ to experience PE in all its fullness. Our Sports Leaders will develop leadership skills to support our community partnerships through extended relationships within the wider community.

Physical Education Learning Journey

This is a visual representation of how students' knowledge and skills develop through the PE curriculum.

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Core PE Learning Journey   Exam PE Learning Journey New

Why study PE at GCSE?

GCSE PE is an established course that offers routes to further education, such as A-levels, higher education in PE as well as other related career opportunities. There are also strong transferable links between PE and other similar subjects such as social science qualifications and Biology.

During this course you will be able to make use of your practical ability as 40% of the course is assessed based around your performance in three different sports. The course also involves studying for two separate exams known as “The human body and movement in physical activity and sport” and “Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport’’. This aspect of the course encourages you to make links between different muscles, bones and complete performance analysis of various movements and consider and discuss socio-cultural influences and basic sports psychology theories as well as interpreting and analysing data.

Outline of syllabus content: Each week you will be taught two theory lessons which will help develop your knowledge of the human body and socio-cultural influences. During these lessons you will learn about how the body moves and how to analyse and describe this movement. You will be encouraged to contrast and compare yourself with elite performers in sport in term of training methods and fitness components. During this section of the course you will cover some basic sports psychology (how we learn) and socio-cultural influences. These lessons will be taught in a practical manner whenever possible.

You will also be taught one lesson each week of practical and theory linked work. The practical side of the course involves you performing and being assessed in three different activities in sport (one individual sport, one team sport and one more of either type). You will be responsible for participating in sport outside of school and will use practical lessons to compile practical evidence of your level of performance. Due to the limited practical lesson time available in the curriculum time you should be participating in sport outside of school and should have a genuine all round ability in sporting activities. The practical weighting of the course is 40% including ‘an analysis of performance’ piece of coursework.

In each of your chosen activities you will be assessed upon your basic skills in isolation and also your ability to influence performance in the full recognised version of your activity.

GCSE Assessment

  • Practical assessment: three different activities (One team game, one individual sport and one more of either type). Externally moderated 30% Final mark.
  • Controlled Assessment Coursework: Performance Analysis (project work) 10% Final mark.
  • Two Examinations: two 1hour 15 minutes ‘’The human body and movement in physical activity and sport’’ and “Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport’’ 60% Final mark.

GCSE PE Exam specification information

Why study BTEC Sport?

This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is designed for students who want to include a study of the sport sector which culminates in a recognised qualification at the end of Year 11. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the sport sector, enabling you to develop and apply your knowledge of sport, whilst also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The Level 2 Award also shows clear progression to Level 3 academic or vocational qualifications in the sixth form, for those who want to take study of this subject further.

Outline of syllabus content: This qualification provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. For this award you will study four separate units over Years 10 and 11.

Unit 1, Fitness for Sports and Exercise, is a compulsory unit and is assessed externally via an online on-demand test.
Unit 2, Practical Sports Performance, is also compulsory, and is assessed internally via a number of assignments undertaken over the two years.
Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training, is the third and final compulsory unit. You will be able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed in the qualification as a whole.
Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities, learners develop sports leadership skills through delivering components of sports sessions and whole activity sessions. Units 2, 3 and 6 will be internally assessed by your PE teachers via a variety of assignments during Years 10 and 11.

BTEC Assessment

In total there are four modules, each with 25% of the total marks. The online on-demand test is a one hour test totalling 50 marks and assesses the work done in Unit 1 of the Award. The test will consist of objective and short answer questions.

A coursework portfolio is also kept and regularly updated for your three other units. This may include assignments produced by you which could take the form of a written essay, annotated video clips, PowerPoint presentations, leaflets, posters, interviews and witness statements. All of these assignments are set by the teacher in charge of the course and marked internally. Some of these assignments will then be sent off for external moderation as well.

Sport BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport specification