Physical Education

PE Teaching Staff

Head of Department: Mr Lawson

Second in Department: Mrs Ive

Teachers: Mr Cathcart, Mr Burrows, Miss Knibbs, Miss Spooner and Mr Churchouse

PE Vision Statement

“Achieve, Challenge, Enjoy”

 ‘To offer students the core learning and thinking skills required to reach their true potential within physical activity. To ultimately allow students to make an informed choice for life long sport and healthy lifestyles’

Achievement - We offer a high-quality PE curriculum that enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.  Through participation in physical activity pupils will build on new and existing skills in order to reach their full potential.     

Challenge - We help pupils develop personally, socially and physically within the PE curriculum, as well as within extra-curricular activites. They learn to work independently and as a team player, taking on different roles and responsibilities, not only as a performer but as a leader, coach and official. Through the range of experiences that PE and school sport offers, they are challenged in recreational, competitive and creative situations. 

Enjoyment - We encourage participation through enjoyable lessons and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to promote the value of a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity.      

Sports Kit

Our PE kit is supplied by Sportswear International ( Here is the guide to parents, what it looks like for boys, and girls and the optional kit. Below are the 3 ways to order:

1. Online:

2. Phone: 0845 519 00 99

3. Post: Sportswear International Ltd, Fairoak Lane, Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Runcorn,WA7 3DU

Please be aware that all students wishing to be excused from a PE lesson, due to illness or injury, must bring a note from home.  The excused student must still change into their PE kit (unless they have a serious injury preventing them from getting changed) and take part in the lesson in roles such as a coach, umpire/referee.  

Key Stage Three and Four 

All students in Year 7-11 take part in a broad national curriculum in their PE core lessons.  They receive four, 60 minute high quality PE lessons spread over a two week timetable.  Students work predominately in mixed ability, single sex groupings, however, occasionally there is mixed sex groupings.  Assessments take place after the completion of a block of sport, where pupils gain a level and medal (Working Towards-Bronze-Silver-Gold-Olympian) for each sport alongside a calculated overall average.  

Students in Year 9 can opt to take AQA GCSE PE for three years.  This course is ideal for students who have a keen interest in sport and recreation, enjoy PE lessons, take part in sport outside of class time, want to increase their knowledge of sport and exercise, and/or are considering a sport related career or an A level/higher education course.  Students have five PE GCSE lessons a fortnight, two of which are practical and three are theory.     

Key Stage Five

The course follows the AQA examining board PE specification and is focused on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. There are seven distinct sections of the syllabus:

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Skill acquisition

3. Sport and society

4. Exercise physiology

5. Biomechanical movement

6. Sport psychology

7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Some of the topics above will consist of the following:

Applied Physiology in which you will explore many topics including specialised training, nutrition, sports injuries, biomechanics, as well as looking in detail at how the respiratory, cardiovascular systems and energy systems function and respond to exercise.

Sports Psychology in which you will discover how the brain is behind our performance and how you can use psychological techniques to gain that extra yard

The Sociological Background and Impact of Sport. Here you will not only learn about the origins of sport but also the huge impact that sport has on society, and why it is a multi-billion pound industry. There are many fascinating topic areas including, the role of sports organisations,  drugs in sport, hooliganism, and sport's relationship with business and the media.

Performing and Analysing your Own Sports Performance. This is the practical element where you will perform and evaluate your performance as a player or coach.




Students in years 10 and 11 are awarded sports ties in recognition for any outstanding contribution to school sport during their time at the school. 

Students in years 7, 8, 9 are awarded “red socks” in recognition for any outstanding contribution they have made to school sport during their time at the school. 

What do I need to do to be recognised with a sports honour?

* Outstanding performances for a school team

* Outstanding improvement in performance

* High levels of attendance at extra-curricular training sessions

* Outstanding levels of effort in lessons and for school teams

* Have refereed or umpired for school and interform matches

* Assisted the PE department as a  Sports Leader with lunchtime, after school clubs or primary liaison days

* Outstanding performance in sport outside the school curriculum

In the summer term we hold a PE Sports Award evening where we celebrate the successes of the year.  

Extra-curricular, Fixtures and Trips 

Our extremely diverse extra-curricular sports programme is fully inclusive to all our students, regardless of their ability or athleticism.  As a department we take part in over 300 fixtures in an academic year, with sporting activities varying according to the season.  Students can take part in extra-curricular sports clubs for recreational purpose and/or to compete at a high level.  The range of sports and aesthetic activities offered to students include netball, rugby, hockey, football, basketball, table tennis, rounders, softball, badminton, cricket, athletics, tennis, dance, trampolining, gymnastics, fitness, cross-country and aikido. 

The PE department offer a broad range of memorable and valuable trips which enhance the student’s physical, social and learning skills.  The annual skiing trip to New Hampshire, America is offered to Year 8-10 students which is open to all abilities.  The PGL netball residential to Liddington is offered to Year 8 and 9 students who regularly attend extra-curricular netball club.  The bi-annual netball and rugby tour is offered to Year 11-13 students which have previously been to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Alongside these residential trips we organise an increasing number of sporting day trips, such as Lords Cricket Ground, Hockey Champions Trophy at London Olympic Stadium, and Wimbledon international tennis championships.                 

Annually we produce an outstanding themed Gym and Dance show which is fully supported by students, staff, parents, and friends.  This is open to both boys and girls from all year groups.  Please check the school website on how to purchase tickets to see the hard work and dedication our students have put in to their performances.    

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Video from our rugby and netball tour to Australia and New Zealand, July 2016




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