Physical Education


Our Physical Education Curriculum Aims:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Ensure pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Encourage pupils to engage in competitive sports and extra-curricular recreational activities
  • Equip pupils with the knowledge to lead healthy, active lives.

Our focus is to provide pupils with a vast range of activities during lessons and extra-curricular opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sporting environments.

We strongly believe that our curriculum should be as varied as possible in order to promote a variety of games, net, gymnastics, swimming, dance, athletics & fitness settings which pupils may not have the opportunity to experience outside of school.

It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health, fitness and builds confidence in order to make a commitment to an extra-curricular club.

Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness, respect and sporting competence / excellence.

Key Stage 3

Pupils at Key Stage 3 get 2 hours of Physical Education (PE) per week. Pupils participate in a variety of activities in different settings across the Key Stage. They enjoy trampolining, athletics, netball, hockey, badminton, tennis, volleyball, hockey, rounders, rugby, basketball, cricket, health-related exercise (HRE), outdoor adventurous activities (OAA) and swimming.

Key Stage 4

Students are provided with a variety of practical experiences to develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle
  • Leadership, communication and team community skills.

A varied curriculum incorporates activities and opportunities for both team and individual performers that will allow them to progress and develop at their own level, and explore different roles within the activities offered, such as official/coach. Within Physical Education, pupils have opted to undertake studies in a variety of games on offer including football, basketball, badminton, table tennis, handball, the gym and health-related activities such as yoga and cheerleading.

Pupils are given the opportunity to choose which activity they participate in at Key Stage 4.


Exam (60%)

2 papers,1 hour each with a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
    • Applied anatomy and physiology – musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory system
    • Movement analysis – levers, planes and axes
    • Physical training – health, fitness, components of fitness, fitness tests, principles and methods of training
    • Use of data
  • Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
    • Sports psychology – skills, target setting, information processing, guidance, feedback, mental preparation
    • Socio-cultural influences – Physical activity amongst social groups, commercialisation, ethical and socio-cultural issues
    • Health, fitness and well-being – Physical, emotional and social health, fitness and well-being, sedentary lifestyle, Energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration
    • Use of data

Practical (40%)

3 activities (1 individual, 1 team, 1 from either) with written analysis and evaluation.

Team Activities

  • Association football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camogie
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Gaelic football
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Hurling
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Individual Activities

  • Amateur boxing
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Equestrian
  • Kayaking
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sculling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining




This BTEC First Award in Sport course from Pearson involves an external online assessment (25%) and then a variety of assignments (75%).

Unit 1: Fitness for Exercise and Sport (online assessment)

Pupils will know about the components of fitness and the principles of training, explore different fitness training methods and investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels.

The test can be retaken as many times as needed throughout the year.

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance

Pupils will understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports, practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports and be able to review sports performance.

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities

Pupils will know the attributes associated with successful sports leadership, undertake and review the planning and leading of sports activities.

Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training

Pupils will know about the short-term responses and long-term adaptations of the body systems to exercise and know about the different energy systems. Pupil will then design and apply a personal exercise program for a goal of their choice and evaluate its impact.


BTEC First Award in Sport (Pearson)

Key Stage 5

KS5 A-Level

A-Level Physical Education allows students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work.

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35 % of A-Level)

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology: Cardio-respiratory System, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Neuromuscular system, The musculoskeletal system and analysis of movement in physical activities, Energy systems.
  • Section B: Skill acquisition: Skill, skill continuums and transfer of skills, Impact of skill classification on the structure of practice for learning, Principles and theories of learning and performance, Use of guidance and feedback, Memory models.
  • Section C: Sport and society: Emergence of globalisation of sport in the 21st century, The impact of sport on society and of society on sport.

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35 % of A-Level)

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics: Diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance, Preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining physical activity and performance, Injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury, Biomechanical principles, Levers, Linear motion, Angular motion, Projectile motion, Fluid mechanics.
  • Section B: Sport psychology: Aspects of personality, Attitudes, Arousal, Anxiety, Aggression, Motivation, Achievement motivation theory, Social facilitation, Group dynamics, Importance of goal setting, Attribution theory, Self-efficacy and confidence, Leadership, Stress management.
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport: Concepts of physical activity and sport, Development of elite performers in sport, Ethics in sport, Violence in sport, Drugs in sport, Sport and the law, Impact of commercialisation on physical activity and sport and the relationship between sport and the media, The role of technology in physical activity and sport.

Both written exams are 2 hours, 105 marks, with questions covering multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing within each section.

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (30% of A-Level)

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. They must also complete a written/verbal analysis of performance.


AQA A-Level Physical Education


BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Pearson)

The BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science allows students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give the students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

Externally Assessed Units

  • Unit 1: Sport and Exercise Physiology: 1.5 hours, 80 marks.
  • Unit 2: Functional Anatomy: 1.5 hours, 70 marks.

Set Task Units

  • Unit 3: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology: A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
    • In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment session.
    • They will be given up to six hours to prepare for the Part B supervised session.
    • In Part B, the supervised assessment is two hours in a specified session timetabled by Pearson.
    • Written submission.
    • 60 marks.

Internally Assessed Units

  • Unit 4: Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Unit 5: Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Unit 6: Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Unit 8: Specialised Fitness Training
  • Unit 10: Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise


Pearson BTEC Sport and Exercise Science

  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Media
  • Teaching
  • Physiotherapist
  • Nursing
  • Military
  • PE, Sport & Well-being advisor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Gym / Personal Trainer
  • Diet & Nutrition Advisor

The PE department is based on the Beechdale Road site with one classroom in the Sixth Form block (Room 77) and one classroom in the new building (PE1). We also use the sports hall, gym, field and astroturf on the Beechdale Road site.

In the changing rooms, we have TVs which we use within lessons with Apple TVs. The department also has a set of 14 iPads which are used regularly by the students. A number of staff also have them and they can be used alongside the Apple TVs.

Google Drive is used across Key Stages 4 and 5 to collect practical evidence and also in editing written coursework.

PE1 has a smartboard installed.


  • Notts County: support extra curricular
  • Nottingham Handball Club: this club is based at our school
  • Loughborough University: PGCE students
  • Nottingham Trent: support delivery of BTEC Level 3
  • Hagg Farm: This trip is organised by the PE department


We also have run projects leading to the following accreditations:

  • School Games Mark Silver
  • Sky Sports Living for Sport
  • This Girl Can

Teams and Competitions

We provide extra-curricular provision (lunchtime and after school) in many sports and enter a variety of City and County competitions.

Mr J Rowland (Subject Leader)
Mrs S Glover (Classroom Teacher)
Miss E Clark (Classroom Teacher)
Ms L Hodson (Classroom Teacher)
Mr J Coney (Classroom Teacher)
Mr R Gayne (Classroom Teacher)
Miss L Sayers (Classroom Teacher)
Mr A Kieme (Classroom Teacher)