Sports and Healthy Lifestyles

  • Mr Eade – Head of Faculty
  • Miss Sanderson – Assistant Head of Faculty (Sport) 
  • Ms Sherlock – Head of Faculty Learning Support, Teacher of Dance  
  • Mr Rick – Teacher of Sports and Healthy Lifestyles / Subject Leader Health & Social Care yle Coordinator
  • Miss Stoakley – Teacher of Sports and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Mr Lees – Teacher of Sport and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Miss Irlam – teacher of Dance and PE

Key Stage 3

The PE Curriculum

In KS2 students have learnt to apply and develop a range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.

They have experienced communicating, collaborating and competing with each other in a range of physical activities and have learnt to evaluate and recognise their own success.

KS3 PE curriculum is designed to provide all students with a first-class education in a range of physical activities called our “target sports” which are selected to provide a broad and balanced set of activities, and enable all to succeed, regardless of age, ability or gender.

  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Orienteering

Our team includes expert practitioners in each activity and all teachers have attended bespoke training and continuous professional development in each activity. Schemes have been written by the expert practitioners and they are designed to enable all teachers to deliver high-quality stretch and challenge for all students.
Our aim is to ensure all students are at least “competent” performers in a range of sports to prepare them for the practical components of GCSE PE in KS4, and provide them with a love of physical activity and the knowledge to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle even after they finish school. 
Extra-curricular activities are used to extend and enhance our curriculum by providing all students with opportunities participate, compete and excel in our target sports. Competitions and performances are used to enable students to compete and perform at all levels, including the most able who have pathways to elite level performance through sports performance coaches, club links and national level competition.

Key Stage 4


Students study the Edexcel Specification which includes units on:

  • Component 1  – Fitness & body systems – including skeletal, muscular & cardio-respiratory systems (external exam worth 36% of final grade)
  • Component 2 – Health and performance – including key areas of emotional, social and physical health (external exam worth 24% of final grade)
  • Component 3 – Practical performance in 3 sports – 1 team sport, 1 individual sport and 1 free choice (team or individual) (worth 30% of final grade)
  • Component 4 – Planning, delivering and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme  (worth 10% of final grade)

BTEC Sport

Students study the BTEC Level 1 First Award in Sport which includes units on:

  • Unit 1  – Fitness for sport and exercise – (external exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical Performance in Sport – (internally assessed through coursework)
  • Unit 3 – Applying the principles of Personal Training – (internally assessed through coursework) 
  • Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities – (internally assessed through coursework)

GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance gives students the opportunity to develop practical skills in dance through performance, choreography and analysis.
Components are delivered through a mixture of practical and theory lessons.  Students will understand and create work for practical and written examination as well as controlled assessments.

GCSE Dance consists of the following key areas of study:

  • Set Study – students perform a set study piece set by the examination board
  • Solo Composition – students create ideas based on the set study
  • Solo Performance – students perform work based on themes and ideas learned
  • Written examination – students are expected to describe and comment upon professional works and aspects of these works including the performance, lighting and costume.

It is essential that GCSE dancers are committed to additional rehearsals throughout the course.

BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

BTEC Performing Arts course will specialise in Dance and will not include Drama or Music components. The aim is to develop skills and techniques in Dance, consider how dancers adapt their skills for different contexts and put this into practice in a dance performance.  

Students are expected to attend rehearsals after school to create, develop and refine practical work.

Components are delivered through a mixture of practical and theory lessons.  Students will study professional works and practitioners, develop skills in performing, learn professional repertoires and work in a group to produce a final performance piece in response to a brief set by the exam board.


  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief

For each component, you can be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction at Level 1 (introductory level) or Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE)

BTEC Health and Social Care

Students study The BTEC Tech Award in Health & Social Care which includes units on:

  • Component 1 – Human Lifespan and Development (internally assessed through coursework)
  • Component 2 – Health & Social Care services and Values (internally assessed through coursework)
  • Component 3 – Health & Well-Being (externally assessed exam) 

The course is graded as shown below:

  • Distinction*
  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Level 2 Pass
  • Level 1 Pass
  • Unclassified