Physical Education actively supports and contributes to the academy's overall philosophy. The teaching of P.E. is concerned with enabling every student to become independently active, to provide them with the background, skills and motivation to opt into physical activity as a lifestyle habit. This involves a progression from being teacher-dependent for participation and organisation to assuming responsibility for planning, carrying out and reviewing their own programmes of activity. We also believe that P.E. extends beyond the physical to include personal, social and emotional elements. Movement can give pleasure and satisfaction, is a means of expression and communication, and it involves the mind and senses to a high degree. It is a distinct yet integral part of the educational process.

Core Physical Education: 

The focus of this specification is to table complex and demanding physical activities. Students should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes active, healthy lifestyle.

Course Outline and Assessment

  • Develop learning relationships, tactics and strategically awareness through team and individual games, such as netball, football, basketball, rugby, rounders, cricket, dance, trampolining and climbing
  • Acquire technique and improve their creativity in other competitive sports
  • Demonstrate resilience and have the ability to make meaning in a range of environments in outdoor and adventurous activities which present both intellectual and physical challenges
  • Evaluate performance and be expected to change an learn to achieve their personal best through a range of sporting opportunities
  • Assessment is linked to motivation levels and Learning Powers.

GCSE Physical Education:

The focus of this specification is to encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and to develop an awareness and appreciation of their own and others’ cultures in relation to physical education.

Encourage creativity and decision-making skills to enable students to plan effectively for performances and to respond to changing situations, prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The course hopes to enable students to become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities, and to become increasingly effective in their performance in different types of physical activity and roles such as player/participant, leader and official, enable students to develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in different types of physical activity, and to develop and maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Course Outline and Assessment

Healthy active lifestyles and Healthy active body.

1 hour  30 minute written paper. 40 % of GCSE grade

Controlled Assessment : Performance in 4 sports, Analysis of Performance (presentation or verbal examination) and Personal Exercise programme (written coursework). 

Practical Assessment: 60% of GCSE grade


BTEC PE hopes to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the sports and active leisure sector, rather than just to participate in sport as recreation. Our students are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and develop skills in, the sport sector, e.g. the health and fitness industry or sports leadership, which will support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic Sport or Physical Education course or an apprenticeship, giving learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of roles across the sport and active leisure sector.

Course Outline and Assessment

240 credits made up of 8 units, of which 3 units are mandatory.