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Physical Education

Head of Department/Faculty

Mr J Sheppard
Head of Faculty


To offer a broad, balanced, skills based and knowledge-rich curriculum for all that promotes engagement, participation, progress, enjoyment and nurtures sporting and academic excellence

When the students leave the school it is expected that each student would have:

  • Developed a wide range of physical skills and abilities in a variety of activity areas.
  • Fostered a positive attitude towards regular participation in sport and exercise.
  • Gained an understanding of the need for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Developed and gained an understanding of safe working practice.
  • Developed their social interaction skills.
  • Demonstrated sportsmanship and acquired the ability to lead others in physical exercise.
  • Enjoyed Physical Education

Top Tips to do well in Physical Education

  1. Exercise regularly

    You should be taking part in some sort of physical activity for 30 minutes every day!

  2. Find a sport of interest to you

    There are lots of sports and activities available. Find one that interests you and your friends. It will contribute to mental and social wellbeing

  3. Bring kit, work hard and you will enjoy physical activity.

    You will only get out what you put in.

  4. Go above and beyond.

    Get involved in as many activities as you can. Participating in any club or representing your house, school or even district is a great achievement

  5. Once you’ve learnt something, use it again and again.

    You can also further your knowledge and contribute to the wider community by leading, coaching, organizing or officiating.

The Curriculum

In Key stage 3 students taught in single sex groups.  The emphasis is to Learn skills in Year 7, Link skills in Year 8 and Apply skills in Year 9 in a diverse range of activities.  Students are set to allow them to work at a suitable level and allow greater differentiated tasks. Here is a list of the activities that students will cover in Key Stage 3;

Athletics, Alternative games, Basketball, Cricket, Dodgeball, Fitness, Football, Gym, Handball, Invasion Games, Netball, Pickleball, Rounders, Rugby, Softball, Table Tennis, Trampolining, X-Country

Key stage 4 students follow the sports education model. Students are responsible for leadership, instruction and performing. All students participate but carry out leadership and organisation roles to ensure the activities take place.


Through both formative and summative assessment students will receive a grade at the end of each activity. We will be introducing the assessment model of hand, head and heart. Students will record each grade into their own tracker, ranging from 1-9. (9 being the highest). Student trackers will be in their planner.

Extra curricular clubs, enrichment and trips

To attend at least 1 sports club at KS3
All exam PE students are expected to attend at least 2 sporting clubs

Research and complete tasks in Exam courses.

A full and vibrant house system and competition; All Students take part in a house competition at the end of each unit of work at all ages

Intra school competitions
These take place locally (Swindon Schools competitions) and nationally. We have a long and proud history of being successful in sporting events.

Trips to local sporting events

  • Bath Netball
  • Gloucester Rugby
  • National basketball finals
  • T20 cricket
  • Plas Pencelli
  • Ski trip (France/ Italy)
  • Water sports trip (Spain)

Key stage 4 and examination PE

Our Cambridge National in Sport Studies will encourage students to think for themselves about the study of sport and the application to real life practical sport, leadership and evaluation of the skills required there. They will study up to the minute topics affecting sport through the contemporary issues unit, both play and lead sporting activities, as well as having the chance to either explore the world of outdoor sport or the media.

Our Cambridge National in Sport Science will encourage students to think for themselves about the scientific world of sport whilst putting those theories and concepts into practice in both theoretical and practical sport situations. They will gain a full and complete understanding of these areas to enable progression at level 3 into a scientific discipline of their choice.

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