Topic outline

  • KS3 - Year 7

    In Year 7 students are trying some activities for the first time, depending on which primary school they have come from. The following six activity areas are introduced and students begin to develop basic skills and game play (where appropriate):

    • Gymnastics/Dance
    • Football/Netball
    • Rugby/Hockey
    • Tennis/Badminton
    • Athletics
    • Options Block (Students are given a choice of what activities they take part in for a 6 week block)
  • KS3 - Year 8

    In Year 8 students should have now mastered the basic skills for most activities. They will then progress onto the more advanced skills, thereby improving their involvement and success in games situations. Some activities are repeated from Year 7 with two new activity areas being introduced:

    • Tennis/Badminton
    • Football/Netball
    • Rugby/Hockey
    • Outdoor Education (mixture of problem solving and orienteering)
    • Striking and Fielding (Rounders, Cricket or Softball)
    • Athletics
  • KS3 - Year 9

    Students should have now mastered more advanced skills and are able to take part in games at a higher level with increasing success. They are now introduced to the Physical Education opportunities that are available to them beyond Key Stage 3, particularly examination subjects and other sporting qualifications:

    • Invasion Games (from sports such as Football, Netball, Hockey, Rugby etc.)
    • Striking and Fielding (Rounders, Cricket, Softball)
    • Tennis/Badminton
    • Academic PE – Mixture of practical and theory lessons  (a taster of the Year 10/11 GCSE/BTEC PE courses)
    • Young Leaders Award (Nationally recognised Sports Leaders Qualification, which can lead on to Sports Leaders Level 1 in Year 10/11
    • Athletics
  • Sports Leaders

    Sports Leaders

  • Sports Kit (Boys & Girls)

    Same kit to be worn by girls and boys unless otherwise stated


    Blue Rugby Shirt (school issue)
    Black Shorts (no stripes. Logos should be no more than 40mm x 40mm)
    Blue Socks (school issue)
    Appropriate clean footwear


    White T Shirt (no stripes. Logos should be no more than 40mm x 40mm)
    Black Shorts (no stripes. Logos should be no more than 40mm x 40mm)
    Blue Socks (school issue)
    Appropriate clean soled footwear

    Health & Safety

    Shin pads - Football *
    Gum shield – Hockey / Rugby *
    Kite Marked Studs – Football / Rugby *
    A reminder to pupils that no jewellery or watches are to be worn in PE lessons *
    Netball skirt is now optional for girl

    * Please note that it is the responsibility of the parents and not the teachers to provide the appropriate health and safety equipment for sports activities. A disclaimer is available from the college if you will be allowing your children to take part without the relevant equipment

  • GCSE Physical Education

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Physical Education GCSE Physical Education

    The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

    You will:

    • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
    • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
    • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
    • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity


    Unit 1 – Examination 40%

    Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40% towards your total marks. Theory work on the human body and the function and effect of exercise upon it.  Topics include the skeleton, muscles, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, fitness and training.  You will also consider other issues connected with sport such as sponsorship, media coverage, drugs and political issues, sporting organisations and the organisation of sporting events. 

    Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment 60%

    Unit 2 is assessed in two sections.

    • Section 1 – four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 48% of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official.
    • Section 2 – analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12% of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.

    Other Information

    Please Note: The practical course follows a set curriculum of activities which all students undertake.  Over the two years, some of the activities incur a cost (to pay for transport and facility hire).  Whilst the College subsidises this heavily, in order for the course to run effectively a parental contribution is required.  This can be paid in instalments during the Autumn Term.  Anyone in need of financial assistance to cover this cost should seek advice from the Principal.