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Physical Education

The PE classroom is also situated in the Sports complex. Outside facilities include a full size floodlit astro-turf pitch which provides the base for invasion games and converts to twelve tennis courts in the summer. A 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool is available throughout the year and is fully equipped for competitive swimming, water polo and canoe polo. We also have a professional dance studio located within the Great Hall complex.


Years 7-9

Physical Education is usually taught in mixed gender groups to give pupils a broad range of experience in many activities to complement the Games programme. They acquire knowledge and skills in invasion games (soccer, basketball and handball), racket sports (badminton, tennis and squash), athletics, dance, gymnastics including trampolining, health and fitness, outdoor education including orienteering, swimming strokes and survival, volleyball and weight training.



Around 20 Year 11 pupils sit GCSE Physical Education and results have been consistently good. A wide range of theoretical topics are covered which link theory to practical performance. These include Exercise and Training, Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology and Contemporary Issues in Sport (e.g. Drugs, Deviance, Politics and Sociology of Sport), History of Sport, Nutrition for Sport, Effects of Exercise and Training, Personal Performance and Health.

Practical Performance is assessed in three sports; one individual, one team, plus one other. Pupils are also examined on their ability to analyse a performance in one chosen sport, demonstrating their knowledge of rules, techniques, tactics and training methods for that sport. The GCSE course has proved popular, particularly with those who play sport to a high level, and has enabled many of them to obtain a recognised qualification in Sport/PE. The GCSE provides a good foundation for pupils wishing to study A Level PE.

2022 results: 76% of pupils were awarded grade 8 or higher, with 53% of pupils achieving a grade 9.

Assessment Structure

The GCSE Physical Education specification is divided into three components. Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics. Components 1 and 2 are assessed via written examination papers and are worth 30% each. Component 3 is internally assessed, externally moderated. This is worth 40% of the total marks.


A Level Sports Science

The course allows the development of a very wide range of intellectual, interpersonal and practical skills through the study, participation in and analysis of sport. The course offers a well-balanced diet of arts and sciences, so it can be combined with other subjects from either discipline. Physical Education is now a well-recognised A Level for entry to most university courses as there are elements of all three Sciences (predominantly Biology), History, Geography, Sociology and Psychology within the course. Pupils will learn about how the body functions and performs in action, as well as how the performer’s mind and body interact, and how society influences sport. They will experience a wide variety of activities in which they will improve their understanding and performance, focusing on the two key roles of the performer or coach. Pupils will be required to analyse performance in their chosen sport.

2022 results: 67% of pupils were awarded grade B of higher, with 33% achieving an A or A*.

Course Content

  • Paper 1 – 35% of A level (written exam): Applied anatomy and physiology; Skill acquisition; Sport and society.
  • Paper 2 – 35% of A level (written exam): Exercise physiology and biomechanics; Sport psychology; Sport and society and technology in sport.
  • Coursework 30%: Candidates are assessed as a performer or coach in one activity or sport, plus a written/verbal analysis of performance.
  • Mr Ben Elston – Head of PE & Sports Science, Head of Football
  • Miss Carla Rudd – Director of Sport
  • Mr James Clark – Head of Rugby, Housemaster North A
  • Mr Richard Hill – Head of Tennis
  • Miss Chloe Long – Sports Graduate
  • Mr William Avery – Sports Graduate

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