Physical Education

Physical Education

The overall aim of the department is to produce a programme of study that is well balanced, suitably varied and challenging in order to encourage pupils to gain enjoyment and development from all lessons and lead pupils to participating in physical activity outside of school. The PE curriculum will provide opportunities for:

  • Physical development
  • Expansion of experiences
  • Creative and aesthetic development (including cultural understanding)
  • Competition/cooperation
  • Challenge and achievement
  • Teamwork and trust
  • Etiquette and moral issues
  • Promote physical activities and sport outside school
  • Enjoyment and satisfaction


What pupils will learn

Key Stage 3 – Core PE


Year 7 Students will learn the importance of a warm-up and a cool-down. They will also be introduced to the key muscles that are used during physical activity. Students will be able to develop their skills in a variety of team and individual sports and then apply these skills in competitive situations.
Year 8 Students will be able to further develop the key skills that were introduced in Year 7. They will be able to experience more advanced skills and apply these in competitive situations.


Key Stage 4 – Core PE

Year 9 Students will be able to develop their leadership skills as they will have the opportunity to lead warm-up’s and cool down’s. They will also experience officiating which will further develop their subject knowledge. Students will cover a wide variety of sports including football, rugby, basketball, netball, badminton, athletics, fitness and numerous other activities.
Year 10 Students will study each activity in more detail, enabling them to practice more advanced skills.  Students will also continue to develop their leadership skills by leading practice drills within lessons.
Year 11 Students will study fewer activities so that they can specialise in a few sports. This will enable them to explore these activities in more depth and gain a sounder understanding of each sport.


Key Stage 4 – Cambridge Nationals in Sports Studies

In Year 9 students can choose to take Sports Studies. This course is studied over 3 years and it is equivalent to a GCSE. The course is a combination of practical and theory lessons. Students will complete one practical and one theory lesson each week. The course has 4 units which are developing sports skills, contemporary issues in sport and sport and the media. The units are assessed by a number of written assessments and there is also one exam which will be completed in year 11. The pupils are graded on each assessment and they will achieve either a pass, merit, distinction or fail at the end of year 11.

Year 9
  • Introduction to the units
  • Unit R054: Sport and the media
  • Unit R052: Developing sports skills
Year 10
  • More in-depth study of each unit
  • Unit R053: Sports leadership
  • Unit R052: Developing sports skills
  • Unit RO51: Contemporary issues in sport (Exam)
Year 11
  • Unit R052: Developing sports skills
  • Unit R053: Sports leadership


How pupils’ learning will be assessed

Formative assessment takes place continuously throughout each block of activity and an attitude to learning grade is recorded and shared with pupils at the end.

Pupils receive continual formative feedback which gives them areas for improvement.

In Cambridge Nationals courses, practical assessments, coursework and examinations are used to award a final grade.
What learners need to be successful:

Clean and appropriate kit is required for all activities. This kit requirement also applies to extra-curricular activities. The Academy PE Kit is only available from our approved local stockist, Schoolwear Solutions. For a link to the stockist, please visit the Uniform page.
Compulsory Girls Kit


  • TGSA Girls P.E. Polo Shirt – Black/Green with logo
  • TGSA Girls 1/4 Zip Fleece – Black/Green with logo
  • TGSA Unisex Sports Shorts – Black
  • TGSA Unisex Sports Socks – Black/Bottle Green with TGA letters
  • Trainers


Compulsory Boys Kit


  • TGSA Boys P.E. Polo Shirt – Black/Green with logo
  • TGSA Boys Rugby Shirt – Black/Green with logo
  • TGSA Unisex Sports Shorts – Black
  • TGSA Unisex Sports Socks – Black/Bottle Green with TGA letters
  • Trainers
  • Football boots


PE Optional Extras


  • Black Tracksuit Bottoms
  • Black Base Layer Top (highly recommended)
  • Scarves and Gloves – Plain bottle green, black or grey
  • Gum Shield (advised for rugby)

All pupils will be expected to wear PE kit in their lessons, even if they are unable to participate due to an illness or injury. They will be given another role such as coach or official.

If a pupil arrives to the lesson with no kit, they will be asked to borrow kit (spare kit is kept in a locker in the changing room).

If a pupil refuses to borrow kit, they will be removed from the lesson.

If a pupil fails to bring their kit on 3 occasions, we will contact parents/carers, asking for their support in ensuring that their child is able to participate in PE lessons.

Please note that PE staff will not take responsibility for any items of value left in the changing rooms, particularly jewellery and mobile phones. Any valuables left in the changing rooms are responsibility of the pupil.
Learning materials

Useful websites:


LINKBasketball England


LINKEngland Netball


LINKBritish Athletics

LINKBrianMac Sports Coach

LINKBritish Swimming


LINKRounders England
Learning enhancement

Extra-curricular activities play an important part in the life and the atmosphere of any Physical Education department. Teams and clubs are organised as an extension of the work covered in lessons and, in a number of cases, in order to provide teams to play in local schools’ leagues and competitions. We think that extra-curricular activities should be:

  1. An extension and development of activities introduced as part of the Physical Education curriculum;
  2. An opportunity for the pupils to either consolidate or improve skills, whilst enjoying a more in depth coaching situation, by teachers or qualified coaches brought in from outside agencies;
  3. Open to all pupils – regardless of levels of skill;
  4. Run by suitably qualified or interested staff and recognised coaches;
  5. An opportunity for pupils to associate themselves with the name of the school and gain representative honours not only at school level but also at higher level;
  6. Developing school and community links, promoting new sports and the clubs available for the pupils in the local area, and offering progression routes into those clubs for all pupils.

Although extra-curricular activities are open to all, school teams are selected subject to the department’s discretion. We select on several factors including pupils’ skill, behaviour and attitude.

For details of our extra-curricular activities, please click here.
How parents can help with their child’s learning

We would appreciate your support as we deliver our Physical Education programme enabling our children to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle as they grow up and reach their adult lives. Many of you already ensure that the children have healthy diets, exercise and take part in regular physical activity. You can encourage active and healthy play with children by providing simple and cheap sports equipment such as balls or Frisbees and encouraging play outside. Family walks and trips to the swimming baths are very inexpensive and there are many local teams and sports groups for children that will encourage activity.

Curriculum Narratives

Sports Studies Curriculum Narrative

KS4 Core PE Curriculum Narrative

KS3 Core PE Curriculum Narrative

Fitness Suite