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Key Stage 3

Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across a range of different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

To achieve this in Key stage 3 our students take part in the minimum of 2 hours physical education every week and are taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games, for e.g. Netball, Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rounders, Tennis, Handball and Cricket.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports, for e.g. Athletics and Gymnastics
  • Perform dances using dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.
  • Take part in Outdoor and Adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities in extra-curricular time.

Key stage 4

Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

To achieve this in Key stage 4, our students take part in one hour of physical education every week and select from a range of activities to develop their levels of fitness. Activities they can choose are: Football, Netball, Handball, Dodgeball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Outdoor and Adventurous activities, Tennis,  Rounders, Rowing and Weight/Aerobic training in the school gym.

In both key stages through the teaching of physical education students are actively encouraged to develop Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding as part of their learning. They achieve this by:


  • having opportunities to reflect about themselves, increasing their ability to learn from this reflection.
  • learning the importance of following the rules in a variety of games in terms of respect, equality, honesty and consideration for others.
  • interacting and communicating in a variety of activities.
  • understanding and respect of different cultures through experiences in dance.

GCSE in Physical Education

Key Stage 4

AQA Physical Education (4890)

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

The full course consists of:

4892/Unit 4 – The Active Participant – 60% practical activities

4892/Unit 3 – Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant – 40% theory based work with final examination.

Subject content, examples of past papers and mark schemes can be viewed by following the link:



GCSE Scenario 2012

GCSE Scenario 2013 – Sarah