Physical Education

Miss C Gallagher
Head of Department
Mr D O'Shea
2nd in Department
Mr T Bridgland
Teacher of PE/Head of Yr 9
Mr C Browne
Teacher of PE/Assistant Head of Year 11
Mr P Fullbrook
Teacher of PE/Head of Year 12
Mr D Laventure
Teacher of PE
Miss L O'Brien
Teacher of PE
Miss A Poulter
Teacher of PE/2nd in Cullum Centre

PE Curriculum Map

The Salesian PE Department is committed to providing a balanced and effective PE curriculum, coupled with a full range of extra-curricular clubs. Students are encouraged and expected to participate in a wide range of sports activities, taught and coached by our expert staff.

You can keep track of all of our activities and fixtures at our dedicated sports website: 

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Key Stage 3 PE

Students take PE for 5 lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 3, either in the Hall, the Gym, Netball Courts or on our Astroturf pitch. During key stage 3, pupils develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence in physical activity, helping them to be active for life. They start to understand what makes an effective performance and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They learn to take the initiative and make decisions for themselves about what to do to improve performance in the future. They also begin to identify which types of activities they prefer and take a variety of roles, such as leader and official.

Activities they will take part in include:

  • Dance activities*
  • Rugby*
  • Hockey*
  • Netball*
  • Cricket*
  • Football*
  • Tennis*
  • Softball
  • Rounders*
  • Basketball*
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Trampolining* and gymnastics
  • Athletic activities* including track and field events
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities

All of the sports indicated with an asterisk* are also available as extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 4: Core PE

We are committed to helping every student in our care remain physically active and fit, so PE remains a core component of the curriculum in Key Stage 4. We also offer a GCSE qualification and a Cambridge National award in Sports Studies.

The Core PE course is largely practical, allowing students to improve their skills in a number of sporting activities including Basketball, Dance, Football, Netball, Rounders, Trampolining, and Volleyball. There will also be a theoretical aspect to the course that allows students to improve their knowledge of the use of training to develop a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle for the future. 

There is no formal exam for this course but students are continually assessed using the usual attainment and effort grades.

Key Stage 4: PE GCSE and Cambridge Nationals Level 2

GCSE PE provides an opportunity for those pupils that enjoy and have good ability in PE to deepen their knowledge of the subject and can lead to a number of future careers in the sports industry.

The GCSE course has a significant practical element, allowing students to develop a variety of skills in a number of sporting activities including Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Football, Netball, Rugby, Trampolining, Tennis and Volleyball (with the opportunity to be assessed in some activities outside of school.) They will also learn about the specific kinds of training used to improve fitness and performance in different sports and produce a six-week Personal Exercise Programme based on a sport of their choice, as part of their theoretical studies.

Other topics include the ways in which the body adapts with exercise and the influences on participation in physical activity in the UK.

As their studies progress, students develop four activities to a high level of technical ability, which are practically assessed. They will need one individual sport, one team sport and one free choice. Students also develop their skills of observation and analysis, developing action plans for athletes in various sports to improve their performance.

We currently follow the OCR syllabus. Learning combines theoretical and practical approaches throughout, with lots of opportunities for students to express their ideas and understanding through active sports participation in our gym or on our all-weather pitch. Assessment is through a combination of examination, a controlled assessment task and assessment of practical sports skills. The weighting in the future will be 40% practical and 60% theory.

The Cambridge Nationals Level 2 is a new addition for 2019 following consultation within the department and with other schools in the area. The course involves an external exam at the end of the two years but has a heavier coursework content, which is internally assessed and externally verified. One unit focuses on the development of practical skills in one team sport and one individual sport and as such, has the same entry requirements as the GCSE.

Students will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, as well as the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport. Students will also learn about the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.

In addition to the practical aspect pupils will students learn more about different leadership roles and styles. They will then go onto to plan and deliver effective and safe sessions and evaluate their own performance. To find out more about the entirety of the course and how it is assessed, please click here.

For more information, see the current GCSE Option Booklet.

Progression opportunities

Students who enjoy music can continue their studies in our College with PE A Level and BTEC Sport Level 3. You can find out more on our College pages.