Physical Education

The PE department has the fundamental “sport for all” philosophy; we want students to participate in physical activities for enjoyment and health.  We also encourage all to excel and aim for a high level of representation.

The leisure centre, swimming pool, school sports hall, floodlit netball/tennis courts and vast playing fields, provide an excellent opportunity for students to excel in whatever their chosen activity.  We also have very close links with many clubs within Ludlow, who allow us to use their facilities, in particular our neighbours Ludlow Town FC, Ludlow Rugby Club, Ludlow Hockey Club and Ludlow Cricket Club.

Aims of the subject

We would like students to:

  • Understand the concept of personal best and strive for it in all of their lessons; know themselves well, both their strengths and weaknesses
  • Work independently and as part of a team getting the best from themselves and others
  • Have a healthy mind, body and attitude; have respect for themselves, others and the environment that they both work and live in
  • Understand the importance of personal fitness and how this can be achieved and maintained

Overview of KS3

Students cover a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling them to build the skills and confidence to make educated choices in KS4.  We aim to develop students’ motor competence, knowledge and application of rules, strategies and tactics and educate students about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, through healthy participation in sport.

Activities will include swimming, gymnastics, badminton, athletics, rounders, cricket, football, rugby, basketball, fitness, and netball.  We offer many of these activities in extra-curricular clubs that can lead to competitive fixtures against other schools, plus involvement in many County Cup competitions.

What will be studied in Year 7

All students will experience a term of swimming and gymnastics, with boys participating in football and rugby in their games lessons. Girls will experience netball and football in their games lessons. During the Summer term, all students experience fitness and athletics, with boys focusing on cricket and girls on rounders.

What will be studied in Year 8

Year 8 follows similar activities to Year 7, building on the skills and knowledge developed.  Greater responsibility is given to students to develop leadership and officiating skills through the games activities. In swimming, students will continue to develop stroke efficiency, focusing on speed and turning and experience both basic personal survival and life saving techniques.

What will be studied in Year 9

The Year 9 PE curriculum follows a similar model to that of the Year 7 and 8.  However, there is a more intense focus on developing students’ tactical and analytical skills within activities.  There are clear links made between fitness and activity linked into the principles of training.  This focus really allows our students to gain the insight into the needs of a ‘healthy body’, as well as preparing them for a possible entry onto the GCSE PE or BTEC Sport course in Year 10.  There is also opportunity given for Sports Leadership, working with our Primary School partners.



Examination Board: The examination leads towards a single award GCSE in Physical Education, using the AQA specification.  The qualification is made up of two theory exams, worth 60% of the final grade, and three practical elements, worth 40% of final grade.

Course content:

The course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development.  It also reflects upon sports psychology and socio-cultural influences on sport, as well as an in-depth knowledge of applied anatomy and physiology. 

The theory is assessed through two exams at the end of the two-year course, worth 60% of the final grade.

Students will be assessed in 3 different practical activities, worth 40% of their final grade (one team sport, one individual sport and a third sport from either). Assessment will be on a student’s performance within a sport, as well as their ability in the skills and drills that make up the practise elements of that sport.

A written coursework element enables students to demonstrate how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

The course is a very useful tool, enabling students to enter into an A-level course in Physical Education, BTEC Level 3 or directly into the leisure industry.


The final grade is based upon a written examination (60%), with two 1 hour 15 minute papers.

The examination is made up of multiple choice, short answer questions and longer answer questions. 

Final Exam:

Paper 1:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Paper 2:

  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-Cultural influences
  • Health fitness and well being
  • Use of data



Examination Board: The Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Sport is the equivalent to a single GCSE in Sport. The course follows the Pearson Edexcel exam specification. 60% of the course is examined through coursework, and 40% of the course is examined through an online, multiple-choice exam.

Course content:

This vocational qualification is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, rather than theoretical learning.  This award is designed for 14-16 year olds, who want to learn about sports coaching, officiating or organising sporting events in a practical setting, which helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and experience that could open the door to a career in the sport industry.

Student will complete the following topics:

  • Component 1 – Preparing Participants to take part in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Component 2 – Taking part and improving others participants sporting performance.
  • Component 3 – Developing fitness to improve other participant’s performance in Sport and Physical Activity.


This includes one written exam, two written courseworks, and practical performances, including leading others.

Further information from Mrs S Lewis / Mr L Moseley