Physical Education

The mission statement and ethos in PE mirrors and follows the school’s ethos of Believe, Aspire, Achieve and Respect. Through all practical activities these values, amongst others such as British values are reinforced on a regular basis, for example; students offer gestures such as handshakes at the end of a game whether the team has won, lost or drawn, never arguing with the official and being polite and respectful to both the opposition and their peers. Furthermore, students are encouraged to embrace physically and mentally healthy lifestyles.


Health and fitness, as well as focusing on positive mental wellbeing is at the heart of the Physical Education curriculum. Students are taught, shown, encouraged and provided with numerous opportunities, both in the curriculum as well as within the co- curricular timetable to lead healthy active lifestyles and the benefits to both physical and mental wellbeing through doing so.

Leadership skills are continually developed through Physical Education. Students have the opportunity to gain formal qualifications in sports leadership and regularly have the opportunity to work with younger students as well others from the local community gaining vital experience and life skills in the process; helping them to develop leadership skill for the future in addition to the development of sportsmanship, citizenship, teamwork and confidence.

Through the encouragement of staff, students have embraced the growth mind set, encouraging students to be even more aspirational, improve their life chances, and become more determined and resilient in their everyday lives.


By having a Physical Education curriculum which encourages and allows students to attain the highest standards both physically and academically it enables students to gain the knowledge, drive and determination to have a successful career in any walk of life. We aspire to ensure that students gain knowledge of physical education and health in addition to skills. We aim to support students in fulfilling their potential, helping them to achieve the highest possible results, progress and attainment in both KS3 and KS4 so that they are well equipped to pursue a future career in this area should they wish to do so. Many students who achieve in this subject go on to become teachers, university lecturers, doctors, sports coaches, physiotherapists, medical and educational advisors, professional sports performers and military personnel to name a few.


Course Details

All students in KS4 will take part in PE as part of their curriculum. Students that have not opted for examination PE will take part in core PE which consists of 2 hours over 2 weeks.

Students that have chosen to study examination PE, and will certify in Summer 2023, will follow the Cambridge National Sport Science (CNAT) pathway. Students who will certify in Summer 2024 will follow the Cambridge National Sport Studies (CNAT) pathway - both of these courses consist of 5 hours over 2 weeks in addition to their 2 core PE lessons. 

Cambridge Nationals Sport Science is a vocational course that follows the OCR specification.


This course is assessed through theory elements; 75% coursework and 25% exam. Students will cover 4 different units throughout the course and complete assignments based on; principles of training, sports nutrition and anatomy and physiology. They will then complete 1 written examination based on sports injuries.


Students will still be required to take part in practical lessons to help with the understanding of the topics but their practical performance will not be assessed.


It is expected that CNAT students are highly organised and are able to work independently as coursework will need to be completed outside of lessons in order to complete this course.

Cambridge Nationals Sport Studies is a vocational course that follows the OCR specification.

This course is assessed through both practical and theory elements; 60% coursework and 40% exam. Students will cover 3 different units throughout the course, based on performance and leadership in sport, sport and the media, and then they will complete one written exam based on contemporary issues in sport.

It is expected that CNAT students are highly organised and are able to work indepedently as coursework will need to be completed outside of lessons in order to complete this course.

Co-curricular clubs play an integral part of the students’ personal development, and students throughout the school are encouraged to take part in as many different activities as possible.

There are a wide variety of clubs that take place at lunch times and after school, with the activities offered being changed every half term.

We also have links with many external clubs who deliver activities which would not normally be offered within curriculum lessons.

In addition to the clubs, there are also numerous opportunities for students to compete competitively for the school in friendly, league and cup matches as well as tournaments in a range of sports and activities throughout the year.

Some of our sports-related co-curricular clubs on offer include:

  • Badminton
  • Girls Active
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining


Sports leadership is an extremely important aspect within PE and is held in very high regard by all students within the Academy. Sports leaders are confident, articulate, organised and role models to all that enter the Academy; from their peers to the primary school children they run events for.


Students are appointed as sports leaders either by their class teacher who has seen leadership qualities within lessons and extra- curricular clubs, or through applying for the role and being given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability alongside other leaders at an organised event.


Teaching Staff

Mr McGahey CAL PE
Ms Jackson Assistant CAL PE
Ms Foster Teacher of PE
Mr Hargreaves Teacher of PE

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