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Overview of the Physical Education Department

The PE department consists of 5 teachers, with a range of experience in education and wide variety of sporting specialisms. The PE department strives to provide accessible and competitive sport for every student in the academy, which will see them develop  lifelong habits that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. 

We aim to ensure that all students: 

  • achieve their personal best in the subject 
  • experience competitive sport at some level while at the academy 
  • gain an academic qualification in Physical Education 
  • gain the necessary knowledge to lead a healthy and active lifestyle when they leave the academy 

Meet the Physical Education teachers

Name Role About them 
Mr D Patten  Head of Department Mr Patten joined the Academy in 2020  following 12 years of teaching in East London.
Mr M Button Teacher of PE Mr Button has been at the Academy since 2018. Mr Button oversees all matters football.

Mrs G Whittley

Teacher of PE Mrs Whittley has been at the Academy since 2018, in addition to teaching PE, Mrs Whittley also leads on the hub charity events

Miss O Brown

Teacher of PE Miss Brown has worked at the Academy since January 2022

Mr J Goodrum

Teacher of PE & PSHE Mr Goodrum joined the Academy in 2023

Ms F Moore

Teacher of PE  Ms Moore joined the Academy in 2023

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

  • In Year 7 the PE Department delivers; Football, Netball, Dance, Striking and Fielding, OAA/Problem Solving, Athletics and Trampolining.  
  • In Year 8 the PE department delivers; Football, Basketball, Dance, Health and Fitness, Rugby, Table Tennis, striking and fielding and Athletics.
  • In Year 9 the PE department delivers; Football, Basketball, Dance, Health and Fitness, Rugby, Table Tennis, striking and fielding and Athletics 

These sports are delivered in line with the guidance given in the national curriculum for Key stage 3 PE. 

View our Key Stage 3 Physical Education Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

In KS4 the PE department delivers both the BTEC TECH Award and AQA GCSE PE to a select group of students that must demonstrate exceptional performance during KS3 and be working in the valuing threshold at the end of Year 9. 

Students in Y10 have three lessons of BTEC/GCSE per week, with practical PE delivered to groups every third week allowing our students to undertake at least two hours of Theory and practical activity per week. This meets the Department for Education recommendation of two hours PE that allows students to plan and participate in a regular, frequent and balanced programme of PE. This contributes to and helps sustain a healthy and active lifestyle, amongst other things.

Students on the BTEC Tech Award study the following units of work

Component 1: Preparing Participants to Take Part in Sport and Physical Activity

Component 2: Taking Part and Improving Other Participants Sporting Performance

Component 3: Developing Fitness to Improve Other Participants Performance in Sport and Physical Activity

We have a duty to ensure not only that our students are physically active at school, but that they understand the importance of being physically during their adult lives. The BTEC PE specification allows students to fully understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet, both through childhood and adulthood. 

View our Key Stage 4 GCSE PE Curriculum Map 

View our Key Stage 4 BTEC PE Curriculum Map

Key Stage 5

In KS5 the PE department currently deliver LVL3 BTEC Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science. Students have 6 periods across the week, primarily in computer rooms.

In year 1, students complete both external exam units, followed by completion of the internal coursework units in the 2nd year.

BTEC National Extended Certificate Sport and Exercise Science course:  

  • Unit 2 Functional Anatomy - EXTERNAL  
  • Unit 3 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology - EXTERNAL 
  • Unit 6 Coaching for Performance and fitness – INTERNAL 
  • Unit 7 Biomechanics in sport and exercise science - INTERNAL 

View our Key Stage 5 Physical Education Curriculum Map

What qualifications can be gained?

  • KS4 – BTEC TECH AWARD L1/2 (Pass, Merit, Distinction) 
  • KS4 -  AQA GCSE PE Y11 – 9-1 
  • KS5 – BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (Pass, Merit, Distinction) 

How does Physical Education prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?

  • KS3 students will be preparing for the KS4 BTEC TECH Award course by being taught the rules and regulations and have some time to referee/umpire the sports they will be participating in as well as having a chance to lead sports activates in group work. KS3 students actively take their own small group warm ups to be ready for component 1 when they will be required to do so for their qualification.
  • KS4 students will be implementing prior learning from KS3 as well as learning new content that will supplement their knowledge into KS5 
  • KS5 students will be taught functional anatomy, sports psychology, coaching for performance and fitness and biomechanics – all key topics of study in Sports Science University courses.  

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews