Physical Education (PE) encourages and challenges pupils to achieve their optimum, physically and mentally, through participation and, where appropriate, competition in a wide range of individual, racket and team sports.

PE stimulates and maintains pupil interest and enjoyment in physical activities and promotes health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. Our pupils understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body, and the importance of safe practice in physical activities. PE aids young people in developing a range of desirable personal qualities such as respect, self-discipline, determination, initiative and independent thinking.

Teaching and learning in the department is fun, with pupils working individually and as part of a team in a variety of activities. All pupils in the Junior School, Forms One to Three, have physical education which is taught by full time qualified staff as a double timetabled lesson.

In the GCSE years a diverse and challenging co-educational curriculum is followed, enabling pupils to excel and perform. Where pupils are particularly talented in an activity not covered in the GCSE PE curriculum or in the Games/Activities programme, they are encouraged to video and conduct their own independent external performance assessment which can be submitted as one of their four practical activities.

In the Sixth Form, those electing to study PE follow the OCR syllabus. At AS level the three sections comprise Anatomy and Physiology, Acquisition of Skill and Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education. The coursework unit includes participation, leadership or officiating in two practical activities. Pupils are expected to follow these activities in their Sport/Activities curriculum time or, if not possible, to follow them externally. There is also a requirement to verbally analyse performance in their main sport.

At A2 students follow units in Exercise Physiology, Psychology of Sport and Comparative Studies between the UK, US and Australia. The coursework unit comprises participation in one practical activity which again should be followed during sport/activities curriculum time if possible. A verbal evaluation of performance is undertaken on a performer in the main sport.

The department runs an annual university visit to promote higher education opportunities in sports science, leisure and recreation, sports studies, sports coaching and physical education. We attend specialist workshops which build on the GCSE and A level PE courses, thus allowing pupils to apply some of the principles and theories of sports science in a practical laboratory setting. Past destinations include Leeds Carnegie, Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam Universities as well as the English Institute of Sport.

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.