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Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education Faculty

  • Mr D Higham- Head of PE Faculty
  • Mrs J Jackson- Second in Faculty
  • Mr S. Laverty - Teacher of PE
  • Miss K Aitken - Teacher of PE
  • Mrs S. Kirk- Teacher of PE
  • Mrs J. Whealing- Teacher of PE

Department Ethos

It is a deeply held belief of the Department that Physical Education has a unique contribution to the development of each individual through the physical, emotional, moral and social development within a school. We give opportunities for pupils to experience new and existing activities where they can take responsibility for their own and other pupils’ learning. In addition to physical skills and promoting a healthy lifestyle, the subject also develops social skills including inter and intra personal skills, teamwork, empathy, motivation and leadership. These opportunities are developed both in and outside of the classroom through the implementation of extra-curricular clubs that cater for both the competition element through teams and well-being through social activities.

What the students will study

Key Stage 3 and 4

All pupils undertake a broad programme of Physical Education.

Activities for boys include: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Health & Fitness, Hockey, Rugby, Softball, Table Tennis, and Volleyball,

Activities for girls include: Aerobics, Athletics, Cross-Country, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health & Fitness, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby and Volleyball

The Department also offers a strong programme of Extra-Curricular Activities.

 GCSE Physical Education

Pupils who choose to undertake GCSE PE as an option will have an additional three lessons per week. The theory lessons are usually classroom based but sometimes it is possible to teach a particular aspect in a practical session in the gym.

Pupils should be well aware that GCSE Physical Education involves rigorous academic study as well as all-round sporting ability. Pupils who enter for it must be able to demonstrate competence in three activity areas, two of which must be individual physical activities and one team/ individual activity or 2 team activities. In GCSE PE a variety of sports are covered, although choice is still limited by such factors as the school curriculum, staffing etc. Attendance at PE clubs is an integral part of the course and it is advised that GCSE P.E. is suited to students who already take part in such clubs.

For more information see the PE GCSE page.

NCFE level 2 in Health and Fitness

As well as offering GCSE PE we are now offering an NCFE Level 2 in Health and fitness. This qualification a prerequisite of the Level 3 Health and Fitness course that is offered at local colleges. The course is designed for learners with an interest in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet. Level 2 is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding, and want to apply that knowledge in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme. 

For more information see the Health & Fitness V Cert page.

PE Kit and Expectations

Please note- We do not allow canvas based footwear for PE lessons.

All PE kit must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name.

It is the expectation that all pupils will bring their full PE kit to every lesson. Pupils will only be excused from practical lessons for an injury which is accompanied by a note from parents/carers in their school planner or a medical note. Pupils will still be expected to bring kit despite not being able to take part, as they can participate in a non-physical capacity such as referee, score keeper etc. Please note the Department will not accept notes for illness, e.g. cold/flu, as we expect pupils to participate as they do in other curriculum areas. 

Failure to bring in correct kit will result in a 30-minute detention that same evening, a text will be sent out informing parents/careers of this.

P E Kit

Extra-Curricular Sporting Opportunities

 Please note that some clubs may be subject to change due to ongoing football, basketball and netball fixtures. You will be notified of any changes by your PE teacher.