Physical Education

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Mr A Worth - Head of Department  Mr S Jones
Miss R Delbridge - Second in PE     Mr K Rinder
Miss C Brown Mrs E Wilkinson
Mr R Dawson  


Department Overview

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School offers each student the opportunity to enjoy and succeed. Physical Education is exciting, intellectually demanding and confidence can flourish through the experiences gained under the careful guidance of our expert teachers.

We foster co-operation and competition, participation for its own sake and in the dedicated pursuit of excellence. Every lunch time will see up to 60% of all year groups taking part in a sports club. Many attend clubs for fun and personal improvement and some are working towards school representation and elite opportunities. It is a reflection of our ethos that lunchtime and after school clubs abound with enthusiasm and commitment from the students. A typical week will see a number of fixtures in a wide range of sports, for all age groups. With particular prowess in hockey, netball, rugby, gymnastics, dance, cricket, rounders, athletics and football, we often compete at the highest levels within and beyond the county boundary and our fixture list can be accessed through the school calendar.

In addition to the Physical Education Department, numerous other staff and senior students support sport in a supervisory or coaching role. Thanks to extra work by so many staff, we can also offer climbing, volleyball, badminton and running clubs. The enthusiasm for the latter results in an annual trip to the Great North Run and involves between 200-250 students each year. Through lessons and club activity, students will meet old and new friends and make a significant contribution to school, community and their own personal physical and mental health.


Within a clear yet flexible framework, boys will experience a broad range of activities to include Rugby, Football, Gymnastics, Basketball, Hockey, Badminton, Climbing, Cricket, Tennis and Athletics. The girl’s curriculum offers the same but with Dance and Rounders rather than Rugby and Football although each activity is, at selected times, available as a lunchtime club to either gender. Specific curriculum maps can be accessed via the website.

House matches also take place in the major games with the addition of X-country within the school fields.



There is a continuation of many Key Stage 3 activities alongside the introduction of Table Tennis, Volleyball and Softball in year 10. There is also opportunity to opt for particular activities and develop skills in a variety of roles to include referee, umpire, coach and other match officials. Building on the more complex skills learned in Key Stage 3, students are expected to develop a more independent application of mental processes involved in outwitting opponents, or by taking on roles of responsibility that help develop qualities in the individual that are highly valued in school and the wider community.

In year 11, alongside opportunities to be selected for inter school fixtures, students are free to opt from a number of school and community based activities. These include squash, golf, leisure centre work, swimming and with specific letters of permission, students may arrange personal instruction from qualified coaches in their own specialism such as Horse Riding.

Students are required to manage their options via the school ‘Moodle’ and to abide by the written expectations on each option page.

GCSE Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?

Students should enjoy: sport; learning about the benefits of sport and recreation; improving their own performance in a range of sports; being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

Features of the course:

Lessons are a mixture of one practical and one theory session a week. Students will learn about: applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training; sports psychology; socio-cultural influences; health, fitness; and well-being.


The extra-curricular sports programme continues through to the end of Sixth Form. This provides the opportunity to refine and develop skills in a range of practice and competitive situations.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

As well as being preparation for the A-Level physical education course, GCSE physical education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Key information:

 Topics for Study:

 Practical performance; analysis and evaluation of performance; anatomy and physiology; socio-cultural issue;   and psychology.

 Assessment   summary

 Controlled assessment (40%)

 Section 1 - practical performances in three different physical activities (at least one team and one individual).

 Section 2 - analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

 2 x 1 hour examinations (60%) - multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions

 Paper 1 - anatomy and physiology

 Paper 2 - socio-cultural issue and psychology

 Exam Board




Follows as a continuation of year 11 core PE and although participation is compulsory, students again opt for activities or are selected for one of the many senior teams that have fixtures on Wednesday afternoons during games lessons.  Students are responsible for wearing correct kit and following the guidelines attached to each activity.

A-Level Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?

Physical education encourages students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

Students receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base from which to build when you move on to higher education, employment or further training.

Students can develop a range of practical skills, including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split second decision-making, analysing and evaluating performance, and more.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You need to do at least one sport which is assessed on the syllabus. The sports you can do are too numerous to list here, please ask a member of PE staff. You do not have to have studied GCSE PE but you need to show a very positive attitude towards sport. It is preferred that you have some evidence of B grades in a number of GCSEs - not necessarily in PE.

Features of the course:

You will study:

Physiological factors affecting performance: applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology.

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Performance in physical education: performance or coaching, evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement.

Key information:

 Topics for Study:

 Physiological factures affecting performance, socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport, performance in   physical education

 Assessment   summary

 Paper 1: 2 hour examination (30%)

 Paper 2: 1 hour examination (20%)

 Paper 3: 1 hour examination (20%)

 Non-exam assessment (30%)

 Entry   requirements

 Grade C in GCSE PE if taken; demonstrate a positive attitude towards sport. Must be competent in at least one   sport assessed on the syllabus.

 Exam Board







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