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Welcome to the PE Department


Mrs P Pugh

Head of Physical Education and KS5 Coordinator for Physical Education and Sport

Mrs C Cox

Teacher of Physical

Mrs L Glass

Teacher of Physical Education and Dance

Mr J Cosh

Teacher of Physical

Mrs W Burgess

Director of Studies and Transition Coordinator Da Vinci House

Mr L Helme

PE KS3 Coordination, Assistant Director of Studies Shakespeare House & NQT Induction Tutor

Mrs R Reeves

Assistant Director of Studies Pankhurst House & Teacher of Physical Education

Mr D Stokes

LAC Coordinator, PE KS4 Coordinator & Assistant Director of Studies Da Vinci House
About Our Subject

Physical education is an excellent opportunity for all students to take a full and active part in a wide range of activities outside of the classroom. The PE department strive to ensure that all students feel safe and are working towards improving themselves as a performer. We are committed to:

  • Improving health and fitness
  • Striving for excellence
  • Developing sportsmanship
  • Aiming for maximum participation.

Throughout years 7-9 all students will receive two hours of high quality PE each week. Students are carefully placed into a teaching group that reflects their current ability and that will provide them with a safe but challenging learning environment. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to think analytically about how they can improve both their own and their peer’s performances. The programme of study covers a wide range of activities, such as: netball, hockey, football, rugby, badminton, athletics, tennis, rounders and cricket. All students are encouraged to attend an extra-curricular sports club and we have a healthy fixtures calendar providing plenty of opportunity for all students to represent the school.

As part of the KS4 curriculum, students take part in four hours of high quality PE every two weeks in Year 10 and three hours in Year 11.  The activities studied are designed to stretch and challenge the students whilst also instilling a lifelong love of sport. Those students who have opted to follow the examination pathway are studying the OCR GCSE PE specification. This includes topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, sport psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and wellbeing. They are also assessed in a practical performance across three activities.

Students can also study the OCR Cambridge National course which is completed via a combination of coursework modules and an exam-based assessment. The units on this course look at principles of training, sport psychology, reducing the risk of sports injuries and reducing the risk of injury.

Students in the sixth form are able to study either the OCR A-Level PE course of the EDEXCEL BTEC National extended certificate in Sport.

The A-Level specification is a new look course and covers a wide range of topic areas that will enthuse and challenge students who have a genuine love of sport.

The programme of study looks at applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology and sport in society. Students are examined at the end of the two year course through two written exams and a practical assessment in one sport. They are also required to produce verbal feedback of an observed performance.

The BTEC course looks at four units covering anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming, professional development in the sports industry and the application of fitness testing. These units will be assessed by coursework and an exam.


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Phone: 01905 423906

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