Physical Education

Subject Overview


The sporting facilities at the school are outstanding. The school has installed a 110m x 65m floodlit, all-weather soccer/hockey pitch. It has the very latest artificial surface: Tiger Turf Challenger, a third generation, 40mm pile height carpet with a rubber and sand infill.

We have an excellent Sports Hall, with four badminton courts and four cricket nets. We have a fitness/weights room adjacent to the Sports Hall. Outside we have a newly surfaced tarmac area, which has 3 netball courts and 4 tennis courts, together with good field space including two rugby/football pitches, three rounders pitches, a 400m athletics track, a throwing cage, two long/triple jump pits and grid areas for skills practices. We have no artificial cricket wicket but have excellent relations with Waddesdon Cricket Club, enabling us to use their beautiful cricket wicket and changing facilities for all our school games.

Throughout Years 7 – 11 students are provided with dedicated PE lessons, which are taught by specialist staff, and students in Years 12 and 13 also have opportunities to participate in sporting activities on Wednesday afternoons. Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to complete a Sports Leader Award to develop their leadership skills.

14–16-year-olds have access to a focused programme in PE and opportunities to follow an examination course or experience leadership (Community Sports Leader Award).

Attention is given to the diverse needs and capabilities of groups of learners in PE. Students with SENs are integrated into all lessons.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

There is an extremely good ‘Out of School Hours Learning’ (OSHL) programme and very good community links. We provide a very comprehensive and extensive extra-curricular programme for the whole school and every year group, including the Sixth Form and staff, is catered for. OSHL sessions run from 3.10 -4:30pm.

Extra-curricular clubs are run in the following activities: rugby, football, badminton, cricket, softball, athletics, basketball, tennis, table tennis, dodge ball, hockey, netball, rounders, tag rugby, gym/weights room and aerobics.

We provide a significant number of inter-form and school fixtures for students and compete in national, regional and local competitions, runing teams in every age group in the major sports (see fixture lists).

Teaching Aims and Objectives

Department Philosophy
  • Fun is at the forefront of everything we do. We believe that to learn students must have an element of fun in all their lessons.
  • Promoting the intrinsic satisfaction that is essential for future participation.
  • Maximum participation. The curriculum, lessons and inter-form sports competitions are all tailored to incorporate maximum participation.
  • Preparation for an active lifestyle. We offer an extensive and diverse range of activities in lessons and extra-curricular clubs to give the students varied opportunities.
  • Provide opportunities to build self-esteem and confidence. PE provides the perfect vehicle to build a student’s self-esteem. There are lots of opportunities for students to succeed in group work or individual challenge, and emphasis is placed on students achieving their ‘personal best’.
Course Information

Primary to Secondary

The PE Department has excellent links with local primary schools through the many sports festivals provided and hosted by us for those schools throughout the year.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, students develop their expertise, skills and techniques, and learn how to apply them to different activities. They learn to evaluate effective performance and how to apply these principles to their work; they are encouraged to advise their fellow students as part of this formative assessment. They are encouraged to take initiative, to make decisions for themselves and to explain how performance can be improved. During Key Stage 3, students identify the types of activity they prefer and assume a variety of roles ranging from captain and team-leader to official. During Key Stage 3, students learn knowledge, skills and understanding through the following activities:
  • games (invasion, net and striking/fielding games)
  • dance
  • gymnastic
  • athletic
  • outdoor/adventure
  • health and fitness
Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, students tackle complex and demanding activities, applying their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance. They decide whether to get involved in physical activity that is mainly focused on competing or performing, promoting health and well-being, or developing personal fitness. They also decide on roles that best suit them, including performer, coach, choreographer, leader and official. The perception they have of their skill and physical competence gives them the confidence to get involved in exercise and activity outside school and in later life.


Students complete examinations and coursework in the following areas:

GCSE Level (AQA8582)

There are two written examinations worth 60% of the overall grade and a practical element which totals 40% of the final grade:

Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport (78 marks, 1hr 15mins)

To include:    Applied anatomy and physiology Movement analysis Physical traits

Paper 2: Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport (78 marks, 1hr 15mins)

To include:    Sport psychology Socio-cultural influences Health, fitness and well-being Use of data

Practical Performance (100 marks)

To include:    Practical performance in 3 areas: 1 team, 1 individual and 1 of athlete’s choice Analysis and evaluation of performance
  • Subject Leader: Scott Kennedy
  • Student Achievement Manager:Connie Smith
  • Teachers: Jo Cook, Hannah Duggan, Janek Maciejewski, James Sturla, Ruth Whittaker