Physical Education

Who are we?

Head of Department – Mr S McManus

Teachers – Miss M Amos, Mrs L Bunn, Mr D Facey, Mr J Walton

Curriculum Intent

To improve the mental, physical and social well-being of our students

Through the development of physical literacy, develop an intrinsic lifelong love of physical activity and sport

To prepare students well for further academic study in this area.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map

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What do we do?

​Students study a broad and balanced curriculum during Key Stage 3.  Year 7 is about trying out lots of different activities and getting involved in physical activity.  As students move through Years 8 and 9, we try to cater for their emerging likes and dislikes with regard to the physical activities they complete.

During core lessons in Key Stage 4, the focus is an enjoyment of physical activity. All students are encouraged to take more responsibility for their own learning and take on roles such as Organiser, Captain, Manager and Official.  All activities take place on the school site which is well resourced for PE.  GCSE Physical Education is also offered and students follow the Eduqas syllabus.  Students are assessed in three different sports and these marks will count towards their final exam which will take the form of one two hour written paper.  This is sat in the summer of Year 11. The theoretical component of the course covers a variety of topics including training principles, anatomy and physiology and sports psychology.

A day in the life…

​The school has a large sports hall, traditional gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts and extensive fields. Students will get to learn about the traditional sports as well as newer activities such as Muay Thai and Handball.  There are many opportunities to get involved in the successful sports leaders programme offered in school. Our sports leaders have become very skilled at running events that form part of the transition programme. Finally, there are many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities with the many clubs and teams on offer.



  • All lessons follow a similar structure allowing students to work at their ‘technical edge’ and extend their learning at whatever level
  • Books are marked regularly and feedback is given often
  • Students get opportunities to revisit work completed in order to improve its quality
  • All staff have high expectations of behavior
  • All staff treat students with respect and dignity

Closing the Gaps

  • All students receive a revision guide and textbook to allow them to review and revise whilst at home. (Y9 Haps to complete GCSE work book in core PE time)
  • All students are provided with lesson power points allowing for consolidation of knowledge outside of normal classroom hours.
  • Students receive expert coaching in all assessed sports so that practical scores are as high as possible by year 11
  • Out of hours interventions are available to all students in both lunchtimes and after school
  • All students follow a curriculum that challenges gender based stereotypes
  • Provide funding for elite students to compete outside of school


  • Our sports leaders work closely with our feeder primary schools and regularly organize and run their many sporting events
  • Our school teams take part in a variety of sporting fixtures against other schools in Kirklees and beyond
  • We have good links with links with local sports clubs
  • We provide financial support to students enabling them to participate in local sports clubs