Physical Education

Physical Education


Daniel Griffiths:
Responsibilities: Head of Physical Education, Head of Citizenship, PE Subject Leader SCITT.
BSC Recreation Studies, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
PGCE Physical Education, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
MA Education, University of Central England
NPQH, National School of School Leadership

Stuart Campbell:
Responsibilities: Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator
BA Physical Education & Biology, Chester College
PGCE, Bedford College
Diploma in Exercise & Physiology & Sport Nutrition, Chester College, UEFA “A” Licence

Dave Nichols:
Responsibilities: Teacher of Physical Education
B Ed Physical Education & Geography, Nottingham University

Chris Conway:
Responsibilities: Assistant Headteacher
B Ed (Hons) The Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Polytechnic
NPQH National School of School Leadership
UEFA “A” Licence


  • To provide the students with the skills and knowledge, to understand and perform all the activities undertaken in the department to the best of their abilities.
  • To help students appreciate the benefits of regular, enjoyable exercise for personal well being.
  • To provide the students with the basic movement patterns that will equip them for lifelong participation.
  • To develop understanding, cooperation, tolerance and an ability to work with others through participation in activities.
  • To expose the students to a wide variety of individual and team activities.
  • To offer students the opportunity to undertake the study of physical education as an examinable subject.


In KS3 students cover the activities of football, rugby, athletics, cricket, softball, rounder’s, badminton, short tennis, basketball, hockey, swimming, table tennis, fitness, dodge ball and many more.

Students are taught the keys skills needed to improve upon their sporting ability.


The GCSE course is designed to encourage students to investigate PE more carefully, by looking at the areas of human performance, developments in sport today and undertaking practical activities. Students who wish to choose this subject should bear in mind that theoretical work makes up a substantial proportion of the course.

40 % of the course is theory based with students studying two units and then assessed by taking two 2 x 1 hour written exams. The two units are ‘An Introduction to Physical Education’ and ‘Developing Knowledge Through Physical Education’. These units look at developing skills and techniques, decision making, physical and mental capacity, evaluating and improving, making informed choices about active and healthy lifestyles, reasons for people participating in sport, school influences, pathways to sport and physical body and movement.

60 % of the course is practical based in which students are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe rules and conventions in two chosen activities. Students who undertake the course must be proficient in four sports. An indication of the level that would be expected is that the student represents the school or is attached to a club where they play frequently. The acceptance of the students on the course will be decided by the PE department who have first hand knowledge of the level of performances shown by students.
Students also have to complete two controlled assessments. These assessments require research and then have to be written up and a formal setting at school. The two areas of assessment are ‘Analysing Lifestyle’ and ‘Analysing Performance’.


Over the two year course the following elements are taught: the application of anatomical and psychological knowledge to physical performance, acquiring and teaching movement skills, contemporary issues in sport and historical sporting issues. The teaching of these areas culminates in a written paper both in year 12 and then in year 13. Students are also assessed practically in two sports in year 12 and one sport in year 13. An oral response is also needed as part of the practical element. The oral response requires a critical analysis of a performer recognizing the strength’s and weaknesses demonstrated and then giving a detailed action plan on how the weaknesses could be improved.

Junior Sports Leader Award

This course allows the students to understand the role of a leader. They investigate what makes a good leader and then they have to demonstrate through leading sessions that they can show the relevant qualities needed to be a good leader. They are also expected to contribute at school by helping and leading inter-form activities and by working with Primary Schools in delivering sports festivals.

Assessment is ongoing and based upon their demonstration of the relevant skills needed.

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Extra curricular

We have an extensive extra curricular programme with an activity happening everyday after school. We provide a broad number of activities that are delivered to those students who want to participate for fun and those who want to extend into more competitive sport. We have many school teams and we are a successful sporting school winning many competitions and leagues.

We have trips to sporting events to allow students to see sport in a different arena to that which they are used to.


Please click here to view a list of students who represent their sport at district and national level.

Please click here to view Aston League and Aston Cup Fixtures and Results.