Physical Education

PE 1


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we try to enable students to experience a wide range of sporting activities. They will take part in twelve sports each year. Students work on a three week rotation which means they have six lessons for each sport

The sports we cover in Key Stage 3 are:

  • Invasion – football, netball, rugby (contact or tag), hockey, handball
  • Striking and Fielding – rounders, cricket, softball
  • Net/Wall games – badminton, tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics – sprinting, long distance running, throwing and jumping
  • Climbing

The curriculum is flexible which means that it can be altered depending on the groups being taught.

All sports that are covered in the curriculum are available as lunchtime or after school clubs.

Key Stage 4

Core – PE lessons – Year 10 & 11

Developing Independence – Promoting Sport for Life
Students in Year 10 and 11 have two hours of PE a week. In this time we encourage students to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Our aim as a PE Department is to find a form of physical activity for all students that they can enjoy and will continue to participate in once they leave school.  To try and encourage participation we split each class into different groups dependent on their approach and attitude to physical activity and sport, for example, a competitive group or a social group. Students are allowed to decide which group they would like to go in.

Examination Courses

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Physical Education or OCR National Level 2 Sports Studies.

GCSE Physical Education

This course is weighted in the following way:

60% theory mark

40% practical mark

Students have five theory lessons over two weeks and four core practical lessons. Students are assessed through two written examinations. These are based on the following elements of theoretical understanding:

Paper One: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport

Paper Two: Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-Being in Physical Activity and Sport

Students are then assessed practically through three activities. One must be a team sport, one an individual and then a third from either category.

OCR National Level Two Sport Studies

This course is assessed in the following way:

25% exam

75% coursework

This course is mostly a coursework based qualification. Students will also sit an online exam in one of their modules. Students will have five theory lessons and four core PE lessons in a two week cycle. Students will study the following units:

RO51 Contemporary issue in sport – online exam
RO52 Developing sports skills – practical unit based on two sports
RO53 Sports Leadership
RO55 Working in the sports industry

Key Stage 5

A Level Physical Education can be taken when entering the Sixth Form. It is advisable to have taken GCSE Physical Education but not always necessary. The subject is taught in the Consortium with Hitchin Boys’ and Hitchin Girls’ School. Lessons are taught by teachers at all three schools.

 Units Covered

Physiological factors affecting performance – Theory Exam – 30% of final mark

Psychological factors affecting performance – Theory Exam – 20% of final mark
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – Theory Exam – 20% of final mark
Practical unit-performance in physical education – One selected sport – 15% of final mark
Evaluation & analysis of performance for improvement – Coursework – 15% of final mark

PE Kit

New PE Kit June 2018

Extra-Curricular Activities

All sports that are covered in the curriculum are available as lunchtime or after school clubs.

Sample Extra-Curricular Programmes

Students have the opportunity to represent the school in a wide range of events such as matches against other local schools. We take part in a number of district and county competitions including the School Games programme. We recognise the talent and dedication of our students through our annual Sports Presentation evening.

Sample Extra-Curricular Programmes


  • PE Teacher
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Injury / Physiotherapy
  • Personal Trainer
  • Referee/ Umpiring
  • Leisure Centre Management
  • Sports Development Coordinator
  • Sport Marketing


  • Miss Helen Foy – Head of Department
  • Mr Nathan Jessney  – Assistant Head of Department
  • Mrs Sally Emler – Teacher
  • Mr Cameron Omar – Teacher
  • Mr Brett Coverdale – Teacher
  • Miss Lian Potter – Teacher
  • Mrs Jo Churchman – PE Technician