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Physical Education (PE)

Physical Education is the study of sport and fitness through a range of sporting activities to develop students' understanding of the theory behind sport and exercise and inspire students to lead healthy and active lives. 

Curriculum Aims

We deliver an innovative, conceptual PE curriculum, fully inclusive for our all students, which not only exposes students to a range of sports, but also improves the wider life skills that can be applied beyond PE. 

Our aim is for our students to feel happy and safe in a sporting environment and to be supported to thrive and develop as healthy individuals. 

We want our students to develop an extensive knowledge and understanding of the theory behind sport and fitness, to apply this to their practical performance and to reflect on how they can extend this to improving their own lifestyles.   Therefore, students are encouraged to continue their own sport and fitness activities by participating in our extensive enrichment curriculum or through sport beyond school. 

Through an exposure to a wide range of sports, we aim to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding so that they become adept at applying the correct rules and techniques for a sport and be able to select appropriate tactics/compositional ideas to maximise performance. 

We also want our students to be engaged in developing their own character and values, recognising the importance of fair-play, respect and placing value on teamwork and collaboration and to develop their leadership qualities, and confidence to lead others, within a sporting context and wider. 

Curriculum Design

Research by Lee Sullivan ‘Is Physical Education in Crisis’ has led to the evolvement of the PE curriculum from September 2022.  Our new ‘Concept Curriculum’, delivered in core PE from Year 7 to 11, is designed on the strengths of our ‘Traditional Sport Focused’ curriculum but now underpinned by our new termly ‘Concepts’, which are at the forefront of all we do.

Students will participate in 12 sporting activities every year, and work to improve their knowledge, skills and tactical understanding and strive for excellence in all aspects.  Additionally, we deliver a termly concept, which develops core life skills (including collaboration, responsibility and communication) for students to use within PE, across all curriculum subjects and in the wider world outside of a sporting context.

Our curriculum is progressive: students travel through their learning journey each year, revisiting sports and building upon prior learning by learning more complex skills and tactics, whilst the conceptual skills become increasingly challenging each year.

Students are provided with additional learning opportunities through our extra-curricular clubs and through links with community clubs to continue to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Please click the link to view our Physical Education Core Curriculum Year Overview

Please click the link to view our Physical Education GCSE and A Level Curriculum Overview 

Please click the link to view our BTEC Sport Curriculum Year Overview

Future Pathways and Next Steps 

Through the study of Physical Education and Sports Studies we aim to unlock each students' potential and inspire them to achieve excellence by being the best they can be. This can lead to a wide range of future opportunities, some of which include:  

University Degrees: International Tourism Management, Physiotherapy, Sport Science

Apprenticeships: Personal Trainer, Sports Coach

Careers: Exercise Physiologist, Football Team Manager, Lifeguard, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, Referee, Sports Coach, Sports Commentator

Students can find out more about the subject and careers above by logging into their Unifrog account at and using the Subject Library and Careers Library tools.