Sports and Healthy Lifestyles

  • Mr Eade – Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs Foley – Assistant Curriculum leader (Sport) 
  • Mr Rick – Teacher of Sports and Healthy Lifestyles / Subject Leader Health & Social Care yle Coordinator
  • Miss Stoakley – Teacher of Sports and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Miss Irlam – Teacher of Dance and PE
  • Mr Connolly – PE technician 

Key Stage 3

The PE Curriculum 

In KS2 students have learned 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 learned to evaluate and recognize their own success. 

The KS3 PE curriculum is designed to cover a broad and balanced set of activities known as our “target sports” which are selected to cover the national curriculum and enable all to succeed, regardless of age, ability, gender, or socio-economic status. Schemes for each target sport have been written by expert practitioners, who provide ongoing support and professional development for colleagues. Our target sports are:   

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

In addition, year 7 students have the chance to choose a “Niche Sport” as one of their electives to experience sports from outside our curriculum. These activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Cricket 

KS3 Curriculum Aims

Aim 1: All students will reach their potential. The vast majority of students will be “competent” performers* in a range of activities. Many students will exceed this level. 

Aim 2: Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) specifically chosen for each physical activity are explicitly taught and utilized by students as part of their own highly-effective warm-ups. 

Aim 3: Students develop the knowledge and skills of each activity with good technique with application in competitive situations and games.  

Aim 4: Students will learn how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle including how to warm up safely and effectively and why this is important. 

Aim 5: There is a strong uptake of our extensive extra-curricular program. Many students compete in internal and external competitions at all levels. Clear pathways enable the most able to compete and achieve success at the highest level.

 *see the assessment page

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)

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 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