The Physical Education Department

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 students experience a wide range of sports and activities, learning key skills in individual and team sports.  All boys and girls study Gym and Dance and learn how to put together a creative sequence in a disciplined manner.  They study team games and learn how to encourage each other to produce effective performances and they also start to analyse their partner’s performance.  Students are encouraged to develop their talents further via extra-curricular teams who play in both the local leagues and Kent Cup competitions.

Students are assessed across a range of core concepts including their technical ability, knowledge, leadership, fitness, decision making, sporting mind set and character.

Key Stage 4

The Department teaches GCSE Physical Education via the Edexcel Board.

The GCSE in Physical Education combines theoretical and practical aspects of the subject to provide students with an engaging and challenging curriculum. Students will typically complete 2 lessons a fortnight as practical and two as theory lessons. Practical activities vary depending on the strengths of each cohort, but include indoor climbing and athletics for all students.

The 2016 specification has shown a shift towards theoretical aspects, hence our rebranding as Sport Science for all exam groups taking PE. Students are assessed on their theory knowledge on two examinations (60%) and their practical performance (40%).

The course is assessed across four components. Components 1 and 2 are theoretical (60%) and components 3 and 4 are practically based (40%).

Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems – 1 hour and 45 minutes (36% of qualification)

Component 2 – Health and Performance – 1 hour and 15 minutes (24% of qualification.

Component 3 – Practical Performance – 3 sports marked out of 35 (30% of qualification)

Component 4 – Personal Exercise Plan – 8 week exercise plan (10% of qualification)

Key Stage 5

Physical Education is taught via A Level, the new 2016 specification has seen a shift towards the theoretical aspects of physical education, with an increasingly scientific content. This will provide an improved transition from study at KS5 to sport science at undergraduate level.

A Level

Course content:

Component one: Scientific Principles of Physical Education

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis


Assessment - 2 hour 30 minutes examination, 140 marks, 40% of qualification


Component two: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education

Topic 1: Skill acquisition

Topic 4: Sport psychology

Topic 5: Sport and society


Assessment – 2 hour examination, 100 marks, 30% of qualification


Component three: Practical Performance

Assessment in one sport as a player/ coach – 40 marks, 15% of qualification

Assessment – internally assessed coursework, externally moderated


Component four: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme

Carrying out a detailed performance analysis and planning and performing a subsequent development plan.


Assessment – 40 marks, 15% of qualification

Assessment – internally assessed coursework, externally moderated

Beyond the Curriculum

The Department runs many extra-curricular clubs for older and younger students, together with support sessions for all key stages at various times during the year.  The Department runs Inter-House competitions in both the Winter and Summer.  Sports day is a whole school event with Years 7-12 taking part.  Individual students are encouraged to take part in District and County Trials and to represent the District and County in a wide range of sporting activities if their talent demands this.


Mrs J Nuttall

Lead Teacher of PE

Mr D Lintott

Teacher of PE

Mr A White

Teacher of PE

Mr J Hellyar

Teacher of PE


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