Physical Education

The Physical Education department is a committed, friendly and highly motivated department whose mission it is to engage pupils in a challenging yet safe environment. Physical activity should be part of everyone’s lifestyle and by sampling different sports throughout their time at the Academy, we hope to inspire pupils to carry on with physical activity beyond school.


Meet the team:

Head of PE: Mrs Minto

Assistant Head of PE: Mr Rollason

Head of Year 11: Mr Ferguson

Head of Year 10: Mr Pierce

Head of Year 7: Mrs Mitchell

Teacher of PE: Miss Oldham 


The department comprises of a several state of the art facilities, including an all-weather 4G AstroTurf, a sports hall, dance studio, gymnastics studio, fitness Suite and tennis courts. In addition we have outdoor basketball hoops, outdoor table tennis tables and a rugby field. The department is well resourced with a wide range of specialist equipment. It also has a range of technological resources including an indoor cricket bowling machine and interactive white boards in the gymnastics and dance studios.

Learning in, through and about Physical Education, enables children and young people to:

  • Improved physical fitness.
  • Skill and motor skills development.
  • Provides regular, healthful physical activity.
  • Teaches self-discipline.
  • Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, 8 and 9 students study a range of activities where they are assessed in different aspects of Physical Education throughout the year.


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, students are completing BTEC level 2 First for Sport courses and Edexcel GCSE Physical Education.

BTEC Option 9s, 10s & 11s  BTEC Level 2 First for Sport Level 2  

BTEC Firsts are vocationally-related qualifications designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding through the application of learning and skills in a work-related context. BTEC Firsts are designed to allow learners to progress to other level 2 qualifications or apprenticeships, to junior roles in the industry they are learning about or level 3 qualifications.

The BTEC Firsts in Sport have been developed to give learners a stimulating and engaging introduction into the world of sport. Learners can gain knowledge, skills and understanding through practical participation and performance in a range of sports, exercise, and health-related fitness activities. This allows students to become familiar with the language, skills and processes required to work in the sport and leisure industry.

The BTEC philosophy of ‘learning through doing’ remains at the heart of this qualification. Learners are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in sport.

Units Covered:

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance

Unit 3: The Mind and Sports Performance

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action

Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities

Edexcel GCSE will cover the following specification:


Specification Overview

There are four components: Component 1 and Component 2 are assessed via two written papers, Component 3 and Component 4 form the NEA.

Component Assessment Content Overview

Component 1:

Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

36% of the qualification

90 marks

  • Topic 1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement Analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical Training
  • Topic 4: Use of Data

Component 2:

Health and Performance

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

24% of the qualification

70 marks

  • Topic 1: Health, Fitness and Well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport Psychology
  • Topic 3: Socio-cultural Influences
  • Topic 4: Use of Data

Component 3:

Practical Performance

NEA: Internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification

90 marks (30 marks per activity)

  • Three physical activities from a set list, containing at least one team and one individual activity
  • Skills during individual and team activities
  • General performance skills

Component 4:

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

NEA: Internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification

20 marks

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP


Extra Curricular - Term 2

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


1.10 - 2.10pm



All Years


Year 10 Basketball    

After school

3.10 - 4.10pm

Badminton & Fitness Suite

(All years)

AMi, JHu, NM

School Meetings



(Year 7, 8 and 9)


Girls Netball  

After school

3.10 - 4.10pm


Girls Football





School competitions

Boys and Girls Football:

  • District cup
  • FA National Cup
  • Year 7 District Futsal competition

Boy’s rugby:

  • Year 9 EDF rugby cup
  • Year 7 engagement tournament
  • Year 10 Daily Mail Cup

Boys and Girls Athletics:

  • District XCountry
  • District athletics championships
  • Boys and Girls District badminton


  • Boys District and County Cup cricket
  • Boys and Girls District water polo
  • Boys and Girls County softball
  • Boys and Girls mountain biking
  • Boys District Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Table Tennis

Future Possibilities

The knowledge students’ gain will be invaluable for those choosing to follow a Physical Education related career:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Referee/Umpire
  • Sports Manager
  • Sports Medic
  • Sport/Fitness instructor
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Coach/Trainer
  • Teacher
  • Choreographer
  • Sports Administrator

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