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Key Stage 4 students attend core classes. Students also have the opportunity to choose to follow a GCSE in Physical Education where they complete a written examination and practical assessment.


Our curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop competence to excel;
  • develop confidence to reflect and review;
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time;
  • engage in competitive sports and performance related activities;
  • develop a passion to lead healthy, active lives whilst at school and in later life.

Key Stage 4 starts at the end of Year 9 where students are further streamed to allow for greater choice, thus allowing each group to pursue activities they are most interested in. Students tackle complex and demanding physical activities in addition to getting involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.

Across Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of activities including: basketball, football, hockey, netball, rugby, athletics, cricket, gymnastics, rounders, badminton, dance, health-related fitness.

Students are taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies;
  • develop technique and performance skills;
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques;
  • tackle problem solving activities as a team through outdoor and adventurous activities;
  • analyse their performances to improve their personal best;
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside the Academy through community links or sports clubs. 


In Key Stage 4 students also have the opportunity to choose an examination subject in Physical Education. The students study GCSE PE through EDEXCEL, which is broken down into theory and practical. During theory lessons students will study component 1: Fitness and Body Systems and component 2: Health and Performance. In practical lessons students will study component 3 – Practical Performance, where students participate in a range of activities, identifying and being assessed in their three strongest areas, one of which must be a team sport, one an individual and one other. In both theory and practical students will complete a PEP; a Personal Exercise Programme, applying theory to practical to improve an aspect of their own fitness.

Students are assessed in the following ways;

Component and Type




Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

 36% of the qualification

 90 marks

1: Applied anatomy and physiology

2: Movement analysis

3: Physical training

4: Use of data

Multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions.

Students must answer all questions.

Calculators can be used in the examination


Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minute

24% of the qualification

70 marks

1: Health, fitness and well-being

2: Sport psychology

3: Socio-cultural influences

4: Use of data


Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification 90 marks

(30 marks per activity)

1: Skills during individual and team activities

2: General performance skills


Three physical activities from a set list.

·         One team activity.

·         One individual activity.

·         One free choice.



Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification

20 marks

1: Aim and planning analysis

2: Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

3: Evaluation of the PEP


Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance.

Assessed by the teacher and moderated by Pearson


Our extensive extra-curricular programme takes full advantage of our superb facilities which include: an all weather synthetic turf pitch, extensive fields, hard court netball/tennis courts, 2 sports halls, state of the art dance studio and fitness suite. All students have regular access to activities that run before and after school and participation rates are very high. The activities on offer include: football, dance, netball, hockey, basketball, rugby league, dodgeball, table tennis, badminton, trampolining, cricket, rounders and athletics. In addition, the PE department run regular trips within and outside the UK focusing on team building, skiing and football tours.