Physical Education

Head of Department: Mrs C McHale
Department Staff: Mr B Ackland, Mr S Brodie, Miss E McCarthy and Mrs S Tuke
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5

The aims of Physical Education are to develop each student’s full potential, focusing on their moral, social, spiritual, intellectual and physical attributes and to help each to become a responsible member of the community.  Physical Education is that aspect of education that specifically employs psycho-motor activities to achieve these aims.

Through regular and frequent participation in a carefully planned and balanced programme of activities each individual is encouraged to develop his/her physical capabilities to the full and increase confidence, competence and achievement in movement.

Our aims are:

  • To provide situations in which all students can experiment, consolidate and practice in an enjoyable manner
  • To widen the range of activities of the students and to promote interest in modern recreation pursuits
  • To develop existing and newly acquired skills in the pursuit of excellence.
  • To develop an awareness of the uses and limitations of technological developments in Physical Education.
  • To develop qualities of determination, conscientiousness, consistency, fairness and honesty.
  • To foster leadership, social relationships, co-operation, self-discipline, tolerance and self-esteem.
  • To accept responsibility for making decisions and deal with consequences positively.

Within Physical Education, students are presented with opportunities to develop personal qualities and social skills such as co-operation, perseverance, tolerance, independence and leadership.  Students are encouraged to continue participation in physical activities in leisure time.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Physical Education at Key Stage 3 will help to develops students’ competence and confidence in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The high-quality physical education curriculum at Saint Gregory’s will enables the students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They will develop a wide range of skills and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they will think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They will also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.

Topics covered in KS3:
Fitness, orienteering, minor games, trampolining, basketball, tag rugby, netball, rugby, football, hockey, handball, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, table tennis, indoor athletics, badminton.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Core PE

During Year 10 students continue to be taught in their teaching groups and complete a range of activities with a view to each student finding an activity they can enjoy when they leave Saint Gregory’s. This progresses into Year 11 where the students can pick from 3 or 4 options 6 times per year. This enables students to have more choice and ownership over their learning and allows for mixed gender participation.

Topics covered in KS4:
Fitness, orienteering, minor games, trampolining, basketball, tag rugby, netball, rugby, football, hockey, handball, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, table tennis, indoor athletics, badminton.

Course Code: GCSE Physical Education 8582
Exam Board Specification:

GCSE Physical Education is a course that will not only teach students about the practical elements but also the theoretical aspects of sports and activities.  This course can be a stepping-stone to further education in this field or to areas of work such as leisure, recreation, coaching and teaching.

How is the course assessed?

  • 40% of the course will be from three practical assessments from at least two groups/ways of thinking: at least two as player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or an individual activity). There will be a mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
  • 60% of the course will be assessed via two final theoretical exams taken at the end of year 11 (2 x 1hr 15mins). Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.
  • Students will have five GCSE PE lessons per fortnight, three of these will be theoretical lessons in a classroom and the other two will be practical.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Codes: AQA 7582
Exam Board Specification:

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 GCSE PE and Combined Science or
  • Grade 5 GCSE Biology if PE has not been studied.

Why Physical Education?
As a student passionate about sport, you will develop your own sporting ability while exploring a diverse range of topics including the history of sport, how your body responds to exercise and why you do not always perform at your best in important competitions.

You will study anatomical, physiological and psychological theories and apply them to sporting activity. You will look at what contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle and develop an insight into movement, behaviour and performance in relation to sport and play. You will also develop ways to optimise your own practical performance.

A level PE promotes relevant and transferable skills in leadership, communication and organisation which help in all aspects of your professional and personal life.

For more information on A Level Physical Education, click here.

Resources & Links:

Year 7-10 Core PE Challenge – Term 6 (DOWNLOAD VERSION)

GCSE PE – Practical Footage – advice for parents

Team & Individual sports can be found on pages 46-155 of the AQA SPECIFICATION


GCSE Bitesize Physical Education


Planet PE

The Everlearner

GCSE Past Papers and marks schemes can be downloaded at:

A Level Past Papers and marks schemes can be downloaded at:


  • Open Club/Activities – Lunch time clubs in various sports including trampolining, cross-fit, basketball, indoor athletics, handball.
  • Intra-school Activities Competition – Our House system operates for the following events: Athletics, Soccer, Cricket, Rounders, Rugby, Basketball, Trampolining, Cross Country, Hockey and Netball.
  • Inter-school competition

Teams at various age groups play on a friendly or league/tournament basis in:-

  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Athletics (indoor and outdoor)
  • Cricket (indoor and outdoor)
  • Rounders
  • Cross Country
  • Basketball
  • Trampolining

School teams have practices after school and where possible during lunchtimes. Timetables can be found on our Clubs and Enrichment page here.

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