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Our core purpose at KS3 is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning. Our aim is that pupils develop and excel in a range of sports and engage in competitive sports within school and through extra-curricular activities. Our overall aim as a department is to see pupils leading happy, active, healthy lifestyle and becoming positive members of the school and the wider community.

What is taught and how?

We teach our KS3 curriculum in blocks of five weeks:

Boys PE:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Athletics

Girls PE

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics, Dance
  • Hockey
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Athletics

Alongside the blocks being taught we have extra-curricular clubs running all year to accommodate any students wishing to spend more time on a particular sport.


Students are assessed at the beginning and end of each block of work. Each sport has a breakdown of the skills that are required and students can place themselves at a point and the beginning of the block and then at the end, we record the progress made and discuss any area’s they feel they need to improve on and how we can accommodate that.

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take one of two courses:


The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in PE consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components.

Component 1: Fitness and Body

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 36% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview:

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology 
  2. Movement analysis
  3. Physical training
  4. Use of data Assessment overview

Component 2: Health and Performance

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 24% of the qualification 70 marks

Content overview

  1. Health, fitness and well-being
  2. Sport psychology
  3. Socio-cultural influences
  4. Use of data Assessment overview

Component 3: Practical Performance:

Internally marked and externally moderated 30% of the qualification 105 marks (35 marks per activity)

Skills during individual and team activities 

General performance skills Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list. One must be a team activity; one must be an individual activity. The final activity can be a free choice. Students must participate in three separate activities. Students will be assessed against set assessment criteria found in the specification.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Internally marked and externally moderated 10% of the qualification 20 marks

Content overview;

Aim and planning analysis Carrying out and monitoring the PEP , Evaluation of the PEP Assessment overview The assessment consists of students producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance. These will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by Pearson.

NCFE Health and Fitness Level 2

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness are complementary Technical Awards and the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum and interested in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet.

The qualification focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector and learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector. The qualifications have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects.

The Level 2 is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme.

What will the learner study as part of this qualification? This qualification shows learners how:

  • Fitness is beneficial
  • The main components of fitness measure an individual’s level of physical fitness
  •  To use the principles of training in a fitness programme
  • To prepare, plan and develop a personal health and fitness programme
  • A healthy balanced diet affects lifestyles.

There are 4 units to complete, 1, 2 and 4 are internally assessed in assignment form and unit 3 is externally assessed in the form of an on-line exam.

They will develop skills:

  • Preparing and planning a health and fitness plan
  • Carrying out fitness tests
  • Evaluating a health and fitness plan
  • Literacy, numeracy and ICT that are essential for the modern workplace, such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.