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Physical Education


Mr N Kennedy BSc PGCE (Head of Boys' PE)

Mrs J Botha BA PGCE (Head of Girls' PE)

Mr S Martin BEd

R Butler BSc PGCE

Why Study


If you have a genuine interest in Physical Education and prove this through regular participation in a variety of activities and represent the school in at least one activity, then GCSE Physical Education is the ideal subject for you.


Physical Education will give you the chance to excel in your chosen activities, and give you the opportunity to try new activities and exercises.

The government and other agencies are currently warning the population about the health and fitness of the nation. Throughout the GCSE P.E course, you will discover how to take responsibility for your own lifestyle, to improve your own fitness and to make informed choices regarding health and exercise. You will also cover topics such as diet, hygiene, injury prevention and performance enhancing drugs, all of which can contribute towards a healthy lifestyle.

P.E theory classes have strong cross-curricular links with other areas of the curriculum such as Biology and Home Economics, allowing linked up learning to take place, giving a more holistic picture of how our bodies work.

What We Study

Key Stage 3

In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils participate in PE classes where they are encouraged to 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.

We provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Pupils can then choose to study the subject at GCSE level if they have demonstrated a good level of participation at Key Stage 3.


We follow the CCEA specification.

Practical work accounts for 50% of the overall grade. In this section of the course students must undertake three practical activities and complete an analysis and evaluation of a live performance.

There are two papers both in the Summer of Year 12. Each paper lasts 1 hr 15 mins and each paper makes up 25% of the overall grade.

AS/A2 Level

We follow the WJEC specification.

Practical work accounts for 40% of the overall grade, this includes 1 practical activity as performer and coach along with a written piece of coursework analysing performance. The written paper is 2 hours and accounts for 60% of the overall grade.

Don't think about the start of the race, think about the ending.

- Usain Bolt

Career Options

Given the skills you will develop through P.E
at GCSE, employers of all kinds will be interested in you.

Due to the current concerns about health and fitness of society, more jobs are likely to be created in the health and leisure industry.

Other occupations that may be pursued are P.E teaching, Coaching, Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine and Media related jobs.

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