The PE & Performance Faculty is made up of PE, Dance, Music & Drama. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, granting our students access to a truly engaging learning experience.

The four curriculum areas include a range of learning and teaching strategies and grouping policies to meet the individual needs of our students according to age, ability and preferred learning style. Increasingly Information Communications Technology forms an integral part of their studies across the curriculum and provides an additional tool for effective learning.

In addition to the curriculum the faculty offers a rich timetable of additional learning experiences outside of the academy day. These include sports teams and clubs, music and drama workshops / practices and finally to further heighten the whole experience for our students trips to local and national events, such as sporting competitions and theatre and music productions.


PE & Performance Faculty Staff:


  • Miss Sarah Myers – Learning Leader Performance (teacher of PE & Dance)

  • Mrs Julia Cross – Deputy Learning Leader Performance (teacher of Performing Arts & Drama)

  • Mr William Armstrong – PE Teacher

  • Mr Mills – PE Teacher

  • Miss Zoe Smith – PE Teacher


Key Stage 3 PE

Physical Education in KS3 is built around key learning physical education themes preparing students holistically for KS4,GCSE PE and also promoting lifelong participation in PE & Sport.

The 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.

PE Curriculum learning themes in year 7 include:

  • Warm up and muscles
  • Sports Leadership
  • Mental & physical capacity

PE Curriculum learning themes in year 8 include:

  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Bones and Muscle Movement
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Energy Systems
  • The Heart
  • Health Related Exercise and Skill Related Fitness

PE Curriculum learning themes in year 9 include:

  • Problem Solving and Creativity
  • Methods of Training
  • Respiratory System
  • Joints
  • Physical and Mental Capacity

The PE & Performance faculty firmly believe that all students have a right to be exposed to the above learning content as this will provide a strong learning platform for the next level of learning in KS4 and PE & Sport (Pearson/Edexcel GCSE PE).

Key Stage 4 PE

Physical Education at Key Stage 4 develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of the academy.

Our high-quality and exciting key stage 4 PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.

PE Curriculum learning themes in year 10 include:

  • Reversibility The Importance of training over summer

PE Curriculum learning themes in year 11 include:

  • Sport for Release Stress (Link with Exams)
  • School Sport Club Links and Further Pathways for Sport

Typical Activities students can expect to learn the PE Curriculum Learning themes through are:

Football, Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Basketball, Badminton, Kabaddi, Fencing, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Archery, Fitness, Dodgeball, swimming and boxing.

Pearson-Edexcel GCSE Physical Education

Course Content 
The course is ideal for those students who enjoy taking part in sport and want to build upon knowledge gained from KS3. It is also an exciting opportunity for those who wish to combine practical knowledge and skill, with the theoretical aspects listed below:

A: Healthy, active lifestyle

  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Factors affecting participation and performance
  • Health Related Exercise and Skill Related Fitness Components
  • Principles and Methods of Training
  • Diet

B: Your healthy, active body

  • Drugs in Sport
  • Cardiovascular System (the heart)
  • Respiratory System
  • Muscles
  • Bones and Joints
  • There are three lessons per week designated to the course involving both theory and practical work.

Examination Details

Practical Examination (60%)

Participation in every practical lesson is vital. For this course students are required to offer four performances, in practical contexts, in the role of either player/performer, official or leader. At least two of these performances must be in the role of player/performer.

Practical assessment takes place in two ways:

  1.  Practical performance, which could be either as a player/performer, official or leader. (48%)
  2. Analysis of Performance, which includes creating your own Personal Exercise Programme. (12%)

Written Examination (40%)

The theoretical aspect of the course is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute exam.

The paper is in three parts:

Part 1 Multiple Choice Questions

Part 2 Short Answer Questions

Part 3 Long Answer Questions

Controlled Assessments

The controlled assessment for the Practical element of the course takes place during the summer of Year 11 however; the candidates are monitored continuously to ensure they are always supported in the best possible.


Analysis of Performance, which includes creating your own Personal Exercise Programme. (12%) This is completed during the summer term of Year 10 and takes place under exam conditions. Teacher support is allowed and therefore the PE team will work very hard in supporting each pupil in ensuring they achieve their full potential.

Independent Study/Work

Each student will receive two pieces of homework per week. One piece for the practical element of the course and also one piece for the theory element. It is very important that homework is completed in order to underpin classroom learning.

Team/Group Work

Embedded within our exciting scheme of work there are many fantastic opportunities for pupils to work with other students, these include making and delivering presentations, researching media sources etc.

Future Progression

The PE & Performance are continually working closely with all local colleges and further education providers so that we constantly have always up to date progression pathways for all students.

A good grade at GCSE will help you move on to any AS or A Level course. If you enjoyed your Physical Education GCSE, you might want to continue with the subject onto AS and A level Physical Education or a BTEC Sports course. Employment opportunities where your skills will be particularly valued include the sport and leisure industry, travel and tourism and teaching.

Equality of Opportunity

The PE & Performance Faculty are very fortunate have staff with a variety of experiences and an extremely wide range of expertise. GCSE PE is a course that can be studied by all pupils and our team of PE teachers are committed to supporting all candidates. A genuine interest in the subject and willingness to work hard is just as important as talent.

Amount of practical/ICT work in the course

The GCSE PE course is 60% practical and therefore all students have a double teaching period a week allocated to the practical element of the course each week, this is in addition to the other double period allocated for core Physical Education and the one period for theory GCSE PE.

Any extra-curricular opportunities and expectations

All students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of sports and activities both in school and outside of school, this includes being a participant or even as a coach/leader or an official.

Students who opt for GCSE PE will have first option on any extra accreditation opportunities that arise, these currently include:

Football Level 1
Basketball Referee Award
Rounders Young Leaders Award
Badminton Leaders Award
Home Support

All pupils will require full TOAN PE kit.

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