Physical Education

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

Mrs Katherine Bodman – Director of Learning for PE
Mr Ian Walker – Assistant Lead for PE
Miss Sharon Loader – Joint Head Year 10
Mr Jordan Mockett – House System Leader
Miss Zoe Lewis

The Physical Education Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

From years 7-9 students will cover some 20 different sports and activities to broaden their understanding of sport and give an opportunity to find something they enjoy. We have two main aims; firstly to develop lifelong participation in sport through fun and engaging physical education, which can last well beyond school years, Secondly we aim to develop social, personal, cognitive and physical skills through the curriculum.

Skills such as leadership, organisation, the ability to give feedback, resilience, independence and responsibility will all be taught and assessed throughout the KS3 curriculum. Thus we believe students can become equipped to be successful citizens and employees when they leave school.


Year 7X –  FRANKLIN and GREENFIELD Curriculum Plan

7X PE Fr.Gr curric plan


Year 7Y – NEWTON and GREENFIELD Curriculum Plan

7X N.H. curric plan

Year 8X (G&F) Curriculum Plan

8X GF curric plan

Year 8Y (H&N) Curriculum Plan

8Y HN curric plan

KS4 Curriculum

Core Physical Education

All Key Stage 4 students will receive four 1 hour lessons of PE per fortnight. Within these lessons they will get to choose from a wide variety of sports (example below). Students will be assessed in their sports based on the GCSE criteria and given a assessment out of 25. Students that are taking GCSE may use this assessment as part of their final grade.

Many options are also participation based where the focus is on lifelong involvement in sport.



An option to gain a Level 1 (Year 10) Level 2 (Year 11) Sports Leader Award

Course description

All students at Key Stage 4 follow an options based course. Each option is based on a term of activity during which time students are encouraged to adopt a variety of different roles including:

  • Performer
  • Official
  • Leader

All students are assessed on their practical ability, knowledge of rules and their ability to observe, analyse and improve performance.

Students will also develop an understanding of general and specific fitness requirements with appropriate methods of training geared to promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving effective performance.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Physical Education

Course: GCSE Physical Education

What will I study?

Students are introduced to the theory behind living healthy lifestyles and improving sporting performance. Theory topics include the anatomy of the body, improving health & fitness, learning skills, the organisation of sport in society and ways to increase participation in sport.

In practical lessons students will study a wide range of individual and team sports. The 4 strongest sports are then used for assessment. Students are strongly recommended to continue playing for school and community clubs so that they are accessing regular competition.

How will I be assessed?

  • 40% – written examination
  • 60% – practical. This includes being assessed in your 4 best sports as well as 2 controlled assessments which focus on improving healthy lifestyles and sporting performance.

What skills do I need?

A willingness to take part in a wide range of practical sports is essential. Therefore, strong organisational skills are required to ensure you have the necessary clothing and equipment. It is important that you are regularly performing in a range of sports, including both team and individual activities. A sound level of fitness is certainly an advantage. There is also the option to be assessed as a coach or leader so completing the Level 2 Sports Leadership Award in core PE is recommended.

What can I progress on to?

Students can progress directly on to the A Level PE course or Level 3 BTEC Sport, which are both run in our Sixth Form. Those with an interest in sports coaching may choose the Level 3 Higher Sports Leaders Award in our Sixth Form. Wiltshire College also run a variety of sport related vocational courses.


Key Stage 4 – BTEC Sport

Course: BTEC First Award in Sport 

What will I study?

This qualification covers the Physical Education Key Stage 4 mandatory criteria by combining the delivery of the core units (Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance) with an optional specialist unit (Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness) and one other optional unit.

How will I be assessed?

One core unit will be externally assessed as an exam, whilst the other three units will be assessed using a range of evidence. This could include written assignments, verbal presentations, practical performance or role play.

What skills do I need?

The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account the sports industry standards for behaviour and performance. Good practical skills, the ability to organise and complete work to deadlines, and competent IT skills will allow learners to meet all the needs of the course.

What can I progress on to?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport provides a good foundation for learners in post- 16 education, or to entry level job roles within the sector. Achievement at level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to other vocational qualifications, such as Edexcel BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. Successful students at level 2 may also consider general qualifications at level 3, such as A Level Physical Education.


KS5 Curriculum – BTEC Level 3 Sport

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the sports sector. Seven units (worth 60 credits) are studied over two years. Units 1, 2, 3 and 7, which are compulsory, are studied in Year 12 (allowing you to gain a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport, which is an AS equivalent) and the remaining three units are completed in Year 13. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

  • Unit 1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport Unit 2 The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 3 Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Unit 4 Fitness Training and Programming
  • Unit 7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 8 Practical Team Sports
  • Unit 17 Psychology for Sports Performance

The 120-credit BTEC Level 3 Diploma broadens and expands the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels.


A BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport is awarded after Year 1. A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is awarded after the second year of study for the 60 credit award, or if you are doing the 120 credit BTEC, a Level 3 Diploma.


As with Level 2, this is a coursework based qualification with no examination. Your tutor will set assignments throughout your course for you to complete. These may take a variety of forms including written assignments, presentations, practical work or role plays. The important thing is that you evidence your skills and knowledge to date.

Special Features

Our results have been outstanding since starting the BTEC Level 3 courses. The school has excellent sports facilities including a sports hall, gym, astro turf, fitness suite, dance studio and extensive playing fields. Each year the programme has attracted a large number of students continuing the successful development of the course.

You will have the opportunity to gain National Officiating or Coaching qualifications.

Moving on

Level 3 BTEC Sport provides learners with the skills necessary to go into the sports industries such as administrators for sports council and fitness clubs, sports development officers, physical training instructors in HM Forces, leisure assistants in swimming pools, leisure centres or sports centres. Alternatively students may study for a sports degree. The latter include Sports Science, Sports Management, Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure Management, Teacher Training, Sports Development, Coaching, Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation and Sports Technology design.


KS5 Curriculum – Level 3 Sports Leadership


The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful candidates to lead un-supervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities. This qualification builds upon the skills and experience gained through previous sports leadership awards.

Special Features

The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification with the only entrance requirement being that candidates should have successfully completed the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership or the Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership; however there are no final examinations to sit.


Please see the 2013 entry requirements.


The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership consists of eight units of work, of which seven must be completed:

  • Developing leadership skills – 3 hours
  • Provision of sport within the community – 34 hours
  • Lead sessions designed to improve fitness – 10 hours
  • Organise and lead a sports event or competition – 10 hours
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities when working with others – 6 hours 6 – Lead sport/activity sessions for children* – 22 hours
  • Lead sport/activity sessions for older people* – 22 hours
  • Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people* – 22 hours

*Two units out of the three must be chosen.

In order for candidates to complete their Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership candidates must complete 30 hours demonstration of leadership within the community. Candidates must complete a minimum of ten hours demonstration of leadership within the following 3 units of work:

  • Unit 2 – Provision of sport within the community (mandatory unit)
  • Unit 6 – Lead sport/activity sessions for children (optional unit)
  • Unit 7 – Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people (optional unit)
  • Unit 8 – Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people (optional unit)

Candidates must also gain a National Governing Body award as a compulsory requirement of the qualification.

Moving on

The Sports and Leisure Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Some students continue studies in Sports Science, Sports Development, Sports Management or Sports Engineering. Others choose to follow a more vocational pathway including Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy and leisure operators.

Homework in PE

In PE at KS3, students are encouraged to participate in the extra curricular clubs. At KS4, research, exam source questions and fact revision are all assessed activities. At KS5, homework focuses on the different theory components of the course and tasks will be a combination of notes/lesson preparation & reading, research and assessed work. The practical component of the course is not to be taken lightly and students should be regularly training and participating in their chosen activities outside of school.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The faculty offers enrichment opportunities including:

  • High quality coaching and opportunities for mass participation in a wide range of sports including rugby, netball, football, hockey, basketball, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, trampolining, and badminton, as well as developing participation in activities such as table tennis and free running.
  • Ski trip
  • Gifted and Talented Academy
  • Coaching qualifications for students including Levels 1, 2 and 3 Sports Leaders Awards.
  • Netball Trips to matches often at Bath University
  • Basketball Trips to matches
  • Ten Tours Challenge
  • Duke of Edinburgh

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of staff in the faculty.