Physical Education

Our diverse curriculum, inter-house competitions and extra-curricular programme is central to our focus and a big part of academy life. In Core PE our aim is to provide students with a broad and balanced experience of PE, with the aim of students continuing with physical activity into adulthood.

At Key Stage 3, students have 2 lessons of PE per week. Activities include football, rugby, handball, netball, trampolining, badminton, table tennis, cricket, gymnastics, canoeing, athletics, rounders, softball, short tennis, dodgeball, yoga, fitness, pilates and dance. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clubs and inter-school competition in each of these activities, in addition to competing in house competitions in many of these sports.

At KS4, students are able to study BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport which will enhance their knowledge and understanding of sports coaching, fitness training and their own personal development as a sports person. Students will study this alongside Core PE, which they will take part in once a week. During Core PE, students have the option to follow either a ‘Competition and Performance’ or ‘Participation and Recreation’ pathway. This will enable them to fully engage with PE, enhancing their love of sport at Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 5, students can choose to study BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport, which will enable them to follow a sports pathway in employment or Higher Education. This course will improve students’ knowledge of anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming, sports leadership and also give students an insight in employment in the sports industry. The PE Department have produced excellent results in both of these courses, with many students progressing to University study.

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We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can execute, adapt and refine the skills of different sports fluently in a range of different situations.
  • Are physically literate and healthy.
  • Have access to a range of sporting opportunities and experiences.Are aware of the need and benefits of sport and exercise.
  • Have the opportunity to play competitive sport as part of a team.  

We seek to build conceptual understanding of:

  • Outwitting opponents
  • Decision making
  • Analysis of performance
  • Replication of skills
  • Application of tactics and strategies
  • Health and fitness
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Sportsmanship, resilience and teamwork

Physical Education Curriculum Maps 2023-24

PE Curriculum

Sport Curriculum

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