What you will learn

Key Stage 3

The key stage 3 curriculum aims to build on skills students have developed from Key stage 2 and provide them with a comprehensive, varied Physical Education program. Throughout Key Stage 3 students receive two hours of high-quality Physical Education and have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

Football, Netball, Swimming, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Badminton, Gymnastics, Cricket, Rounders, Softball and Athletics.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students participate in one hour of Physical Education per week. The activities studied include Netball, Football, Fitness, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rounders, Athletics and Cricket.


Alongside the Physical Education curriculum, there is also a wide range of extra-curricular clubs available for students to participate in at lunchtime and after-school. The clubs are seasonal and change throughout the year. They include football, netball, badminton, trampolining, table tennis, rounders, cricket and athletics. We also provide competitive opportunities for students to compete in fixtures and at Havering tournaments throughout the year.

GCSE Physical Education

Exam Board AQA

Students have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of Physical Education by studying GCSE PE throughout Y10 and Y11. Students will study a further three lessons of GCSE PE lessons per week (one practical and two theory lessons). This course has a 40% practical and 60% theory weighting.

The practical element of the course involves students participating in a number of activities throughout the two years, to gain grades from practical assessments that will take place at the end of each unit of sport. These  activities often  include netball, football, badminton, table tennis, cricket, trampolining, swimming, athletics and handball.  The students’ three highest grades throughout the two years will be selected for submission, in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity). To make up the final 10% of the practical grade there is a coursework unit, referred to as Analysis and Evaluation of Performance. This piece of coursework involves, analysing and evaluating a performance in one of the sports from the specification.

The theory element of the course involves taking two exams (each 1 hour 15 minutes) at the end of the course. The topics that we study in theory include:

  • Components of fitness
  • Health
  • Fitness testing
  • Somatotypes
  • Principles of training
  • Effects of exercise
  • Training zones
  • Training methods
  • Training principles
  • Seasonal aspects of training.
  • Sports Psychology
  • Personality types
  • Skill Classification
  • Ethical conduct in sport
  • Performance enhancing drugs
  • Spectator behaviour
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Diet
  • Factors affecting participation
  • Mechanics of movement
  • Injury Prevention
  • Technology
  • Commercialisation of sport


Homework will be set in both theory and practical elements of the course.


  • Students must show a genuine interest in all aspects of sport and topical issues related to sport.  It is advisable that students attend extra-curricular clubs and participate in at least one sport competitively outside of school.
  • Students may also be assessed in other practical activities not covered on the curriculum which are on the GCSE specification.