We want every child to gain a good understanding of health and personal well-being through physical activity. Giving every child the opportunity to try new activities that they will be able to take with them after they leave school and have a good understanding of how to stay healthy for long-term gain. 

The Faculty, consisting of six specialists, combining expertise and experience, is both enthusiastic and forward-looking. Our timetabled curriculum is based upon the SPORT FOR ALL concept encompassing the Key Concepts of the National Curriculum to develop pupils' Competence, Performance, Creativity and Healthy Active Lifestyles. We aim to give as broad a base of learning as is possible so that pupils can develop interest and an understanding in many different areas. The teaching in the faculty is creative and well-planned taking into account all different types and abilities of learners. The faculty supports all students from all types of backgrounds ensuring all students get the same opportunities.

In Key Stage 3 your child will follow a programme of courses in the following sports:

Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Health and Fitness, Gymnastics or Dance, Netball, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Rounders, Rugby, Orienteering and Volleyball.

Students may use one of their options to study GCSE PE in Year 9 encompassing a range of practical activities and theoretical knowledge. resulting in an examination at the end of year 11. GCSE content is drip fed to students lower down the school in Years 7 and 8.

House System

Each student wears a PE polo top in their House colour: Stert House red, Thames House blue and Ock House green. This allows students to contribute to their house for the yearly competition and to feel part of a team even if they are not skilled at sports. The students take part against each other in a number of different sports covered in the PE curriculum.

Sports Leadership

This course allows students who are interested in sport but not exceptional performers to study the roles in which sessions are delivered. They will learn how to set up activities, coach and lead small groups. If timetabling allows students may also visit Primary schools and deliver PE as part of their course, and help officiate at County and local competitions.

Physical Education is compulsory until the end of Year 11. The National Curriculum helps students Develop Skills, Make Decisions, Evaluate Performances and choose a Healthy Active Lifestyle. We recognise that by Year 10 and 11, students have their own sporting interests.

Students have the chance to study A level PE if they are interested in developing their knowledge further and if they are interested in a career in sport. 

As a Faculty, we run school teams for every year in football, basketball, netball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, athletics, rounders and softball. Our school teams are entered in District, and County competitions. We are very proud of our record in this area and, equally, of our very full House sports programme, which provides competitions for many pupils whom would otherwise not have the chance to participate in sport.

Syllabus: AQA

GCSE PE students have five hours of lessons per fortnight, three theory lessons and two practical lessons. They are required to be assessed in three different sports, and they also complete a six-week training/exercise programme, which is a part of their coursework. Students will learn the theoretical aspects of Physical Education, e.g. what makes people do physical activities and how the body works.

Subject content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Social-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being

There are two papers that students have to complete and this is 60% of the course:

Paper 1: the human body and movement in physical activity and sport. It is assessed in the following way; applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of data.

Paper 2: socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. It is assessed in the following way; sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being, and the use of data.

Non-exam assessment:

Practical performance in physical activity and sport: Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and the third either in a team or in an individual activity).

Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

Syllabus: AQA A Level Physical Education

Subject content:

  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

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport:

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill Acquisition
Section C: Sport and Society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport:

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Practical performance in physical activity and sport: students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity, and they have to produce a written or verbal analysis of performance.

Director: Mr Dhiman 
Contact details:

Teachers in this Faculty: Ms Gibson (Deputy Director of Physical Education), Mr Davies, Mrs Marriott, Miss Uzzell, Mr Borja and Mr Tinsley.