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PE at Stockport Academy

Course Details

During KS3 students have four hours of practical PE over two weeks. During these lessons students participate in a range of sports and activities in order to develop not only their practical ability but also their knowledge and understanding of the bodily systems.

Activities range from team sports such as rugby, football, netball and hockey to individual activities such as gymnastics, orienteering, badminton and trampolining to name a few. 

Throughout their PE lessons, students are encouraged to review their progress in relation to the skills they have learnt and complete written homework twice every half term, students also receive formative feedback on their practical performance off their teacher every three weeks . PE in the Academy is underpinned by the value of encouraging students to be active in order to increase the chances of lifelong participation in sports and physical activity.

PE is a compulsory subject at Stockport Academy and the Sports qualifications are started at the beginning of Year 9. All pupils in KS4 are allocated four hours of PE every two weeks. Pupils are entered onto either a GCSE PE qualification or Cambridge Nationals (CNAT) Sport Science qualification.



GCSE PE pupils are assessed on both practical sports, one piece of coursework and also an exam at the end of Year 11. During practical lessons pupils will cover a variety of different sporting activities such as football, netball, trampolining, Olympic weightlifting, rock climbing, judo, rounders and many more. During theory lessons pupils will learn different aspects of sport such as anatomy and physiology, individual differences, injuries, technology and sport. For pupils to be entered onto the GCSE qualification, they will need to demonstrate their commitment to practical sport by attending a variety of different sports enrichment clubs throughout the year and also should be aiming to compete in sports outside of school.


CNAT Sport Science:

Cambridge Nationals Sport Science is a vocational course that is assessed through 75% coursework and 25% exam at the end of Year 11. Pupils will cover units on sports injuries, principles of training, sports psychology and anatomy and physiology. Pupils will still complete some practical sports but will not be assessed on their performance. To be successful on this course, pupils must ensure that they are able to organise their workload as they will have a number of different assignments to be completed over the course. The exam is one hour long and the topic covered will be injuries in sport.

Currently offered is BTEC Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness (Both single and double courses).

Students participate in 13 different units across the double course and seven if they choose the single.

The course is largely aimed at preparing students for university or vocational careers in sport.


Units range widely so students can find areas that they most enjoy:


Single Units:

Anatomy and Physiology

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Risk in Sport

Sports Development

Sports Leadership

Fitness Testing

Fitness Training


Additional Double Course Units:

Sports Coaching

Practical Team Sports

Rules, Regulations and Officiating

Organising Sports Events

Lifestyle and Health

Instructing Physical Activity


Students submit regular assignments throughout the course and do not sit any exam. Assignment work is in the form of written reports, video interviews, presentations, assessed coaching sessions, role plays, posters, booklets so the course is interesting and varied. 100% of the assessment is based on theory work. 

Physical Education and extracurricular sport has enjoyed a period of growth and development at Stockport Academy in the past few years.

The department has worked diligently to expand the choices and experiences available to students both within lessons and beyond, improving standards of achievement whilst participation rates in sports have increased. Extracurricular clubs play an integral part of the students’ personal development and take place at lunch times and afterschool (2.40pm-3.30pm). 

Students participation rates are extremely high, which has meant Stockport Academy has had some real sporting successes this year. In particular with the new Active Sports programme that is being ran currently as part of the Youth Sport Trust initiative.  The aim was to engage and retain girls in physical activity. We have had major success with this and enrichment participation numbers have increased dramatically since it began. 

Some of our sports-related enrichment clubs on offer include:

    Trips and Activities

    Level 1 Sports Leaders UK Award

    Trips to watch Manchester City and Manchester United

    Sports Day

    Fitness Fortnight

    X-Elle Day

    Teaching Staff

    Mr Sumner - CAL PE

    Ms Dent - Teacher of PE

    Mr McGahey - Teacher of PE

    Ms Taylor - Teacher of PE

    PE Gallery

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