Physical Education

Why Choose Physical Education?

The study of Physical Education as a subject has numerous benefits both academically and for student’s health and well-being. Taking part in physical activity through Physical Education has significant physical, social and mental benefits whether you are competing for a Blue Coat team or taking part within a PE lesson.


Academically, it allows students to develop many physical skills and techniques as well as values that are learned through teamwork and healthy competition. It also allows the theory study of sport science, where the study of Physical Education is highly regarded by many institutions including Schools, Colleges and Universities.


Department Ethos

The Physical Education department strives to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential in the subject, with all activities throughout the department being rooted in the schools’ C.H.R.I.S.T values. We adopt one of these values each half term as a specific focus within lessons and extra-curricular clubs.


Our department bible verse summarises the ethos that we embed within the department and through the C.H.R.I.S.T values:


24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  1 Corinthians 9:24


Curriculum | Key Stage 3

All students follow a curriculum path that enables the opportunity to participate in a breadth of practical sports. They are assessed in these numerous activities throughout the year, with a winter programme of activities running from the autumn term until the end of the spring term and then a summer programme in the summer term.


Students are also assessed in theory Physical Education with tests and theory work being undertaken in lessons throughout year 7 and 8.


Curriculum | Key Stage 4


The Cambridge National in Sport Studies enables students to develop and apply knowledge of sports-related activities, with a particular focus on officiating. They explore contemporary issues in sport, different ways of being involved in the sports industry, and the impact of sport on wider society.

The course is assessed through examination 25% and coursework 75%, which includes practical sports performance.



The GCSE in Physical Education equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being

The course is assessed though examination 60% (two 1 hour exam papers) and 40% coursework including performance in 3 activities from a set activity list in addition to an extensive piece of written coursework.


Curriculum | Key Stage 5


A two year full-time course providing in-depth study of the sport sector. This course is the equivalent of studying 3 A-levels. It supports progression to higher education and employment. The course consists of 14 units taught over the two years of study including 4 externally assessed units assessed through examination and 10 internally assessed units assessed through coursework.



Students will learn a breadth of topics over the two year course that include Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, Sport Psychology, Sport in Society and The Role of Technology in Sport. In addition students will undertake 1 practical activity and will also analyse and evaluate practical performance.

The course comprises of 70% theory assessed through 2 papers at the end of the course and 30% coursework including practical performance in 1 practical activity and analysis and evaluation of performance.


Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a comprehensive extra-curricular programme in a number of different sporting activities. 2018 EXTRA CURRICULAR


Future Careers

  • Sport Scientist
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Psychologist
  • PE Teacher
  • University Lecturer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sport analyser
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical Trainer
  • Gym instructor

Strength and conditioning coach


Exam Board & Specifications

OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Sport Studies: 600/5123/1

OCR GCSE PE: 601/8442/5

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport: 603/0459/5

A-Level PE: 601/8633/1


Current curriculum specifications can be downloaded below: