Physical education

Physical education

Year 7 and 8 

Physical education taught in Year 7 and 8 aims to develop our students into confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Within the PE curriculum there are five key processes that are central to our planning.

  • Developing skills in physical activity
  • Making and applying decisions
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Evaluating and improving
  • Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

There is a broad range of activities taught. The range of activities allows students to:

  • Outwit opponents, eg games activities
  • Perform accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, eg gymnastic activities
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, eg dance activities
  • Perform at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, eg athletics activities
  • Use problem solving to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, eg orienteering and other outdoor activities

Year 9, 10 and 11

Qualification Core PE (no formal qualification)
Course content/areas of study 

The PE course is designed to enable students to participate in activities chosen from at least two areas including:

  • Games
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor education. A health related fitness programme will also be completed.

Students will be assessed in their practical performance through observation

Core or option




GCSE in physical education

Course content/areas of study 

You will learn how to examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance. You will study and be assessed in three activities one of which must be an individual sport. 


Controlled assessment: 40%     Examination: 60%

Core or option


Number of option choices:

One per subject

Number of GCSEs/equivalent: