The aim of the Physical Education department at St Peter & St Paul’s is simple; that every child develops a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and healthy living. With expertise in a plethora of sports from netball and football, to skiing and snowboarding, our staff deliver exciting and fun lessons designed to enrich the lives of all students. Outside of lessons, the PE department offers something for everyone, with every term seeing a new timetable of extra-curricular activities. Opportunities range from social badminton and table tennis to competitive representative fixtures in football, netball, badminton, rounders and cricket. We have also built up strong links with many local sports clubs and so can provide pathways into local leagues for any budding young athletes.

The Curriculum

Students will study PE once a week in a two hour session, during which they will experience two activities, one fitness, one sport. One activity per session will be formally assessed with progress tracked over two years in accordance with expected progress for a child on that Pathway. Progress made towards this prediction will provide both parents and students with an indication of whether progression to GCSE level study would be appropriate.

Pupils will experience a sport from four angles:

  1. Technique
  2. Competitive Performance
  3. Leadership
  4. Officiating

Key Stage 3 activities include:

Football, Netball, Badminton, Rugby, Trampolining/Gymnastics, Stoolball, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Health Related Fitness

All students have a ‘core’ one hour session per week where the focus is on participation, fitness and enjoyment. Activities include traditional games alongside specific fitness sessions such as aerobics and circuit training.

Year 10 and above students follow the AQA examination syllabus over Years 10 and 11. Sixty percent of this qualification is practical coursework where the students will have their performance assessed in a variety of sports/activities. Their four highest scoring activities will then be put forward for final moderation. The theory part of the qualification examines sport from a variety of angles including biological, psychological and sociological and culminates in a final written paper during June of the final year of study. For many former students, this exhilarating course has provided the springboard for both advanced and degree level study parallel with the vocational goal of a career in Sports Science.

From September 2019, the KS4 course has changed to OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies.


Mr A Challenger – Subject Leader

Mr G Henderson

Ms Coles