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Physical Education

Purpose of Study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as resilience and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives


Onsite facilities include a Gymnasium, a small fitness suite and outdoor courts for sports such as Netball, Tennis, 5 aside football and badminton.

Our offsite facilities are based at Clifton College Sports Ground and include two astros, one waterbase astro, one 3G astro and one indoor dome for Tennis and Netball.

Enrichment & Extra Curricular Activities

A wide range of recreational activities and team sports are provided during enrichment and after-school activities. Students are encouraged to pursue their particular interests.

Recreational activities include Badminton, Trampolining, Fitness, Dance and Boxercise. Competitive sports include Cross Country, Hockey, Netball, Football, Basketball, Rounders, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming and Cricket.


Years 7 - 9

In Year 7 pupils are grouped in mixed ability classes. Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stage 2 and become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They learn to understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Activities include:  Netball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Hockey, Fitness, Dance, Multi-skills, Racket Sports, Athletics, Rounders and Cross Country.

In Years 8 and 9 pupils are grouped together according to ability. A wide variety of activities are taught across the Key Stage. Pupils continue to build on skills developed in Yr7 and take on the roles of umpire, coach and leader as well as performer across different sports and physical activities. They learn to understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply tactics and theoretical knowledge to improve competitive performance.

Activities include:  Netball, Hockey, Football, Tag Rugby, Gymnastics, Fitness, Dance, Racket Sports, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket and Cross Country.

Years 10 - 11

In Years 10 & 11 Every student continues with a ‘Core’ Physical Education course which builds on the foundation courses established in Years 7 to 9. The course is run entirely on a ‘P.E Option’ basis where students choose a ‘pathway’ of the activities that they would like to participate in.

Activities include:  Netball, Hockey, Football, Tag Rugby, Gymnastics, Fitness, Dance, Trampolining, Boxercise, Zumba, Lacrosse, Racket Sports, Pilates, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket , Frisbee and Cross Country.


Students can choose to take P.E as an examinable subject. The GCSE course is a two year linear course following the AQA specification for Physical Education. The course has both theoretical and practical elements of assessment. The topics explore the physiological and psychological effects of physical activity on the human body; alongside the socio-cultural influences associated with sport in today's society.

Sixth Form

Why study PE?

A Level Physical Education covers many different skills and topic areas. The breadth of study is very wide therefore works very well alongside subjects such as Biology and Psychology. Topics include muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, diet, biomechanics, how we learn, training programmes, the history of sport and technology in sport. If you are a keen sportsperson or keen to study sport at University, A Level PE will prepare you extremely well. The theory is fascinating and you can apply this directly to your own sport thus enhancing your performance.

Future Pathways

Physical Education is vast and covers many elements that would be useful in a number of careers. Many A Level PE students progress into teaching, coaching, journalism, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports science and nutrition.

Recent Exam Success

100% of students gained an A-C and all students either met or exceeded their target grade.

Full Course Information is available here