PEArk All Saints Academy PE department aims to teach scholars how to lead healthy and active lifestyle whilst developing a passion for sport. We do this by providing scholars with the opportunities to learn a range of sports and games in a safe, encouraging and enjoyable environment.

Years 7 & 8

In Years 7 and 8 scholars will learn and take part in the following activities as part of the curriculum:

  • Swimming (Year 7 only)
  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Athletics

Years 9 & 10

In Years 9 and 10 scholars have the opportunity to learn and take part in the following activities:

  • Health related fitness
  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Handball
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Softball
  • Frisbee


At KS4 we offer Physical Education as a GCSE. This course is 60% theory, 30% practical and 10% coursework based. We follow the OCR exam syllabus and specification. Please read below for information regarding lesson structure, course content and assessment structure.

Lessons and Course Content

GCSE Practical Lessons
  • Scholars will have one 55-minute practical lesson per week.
  • Throughout Years 9-11 they will develop their performance in 3 different practical disciplines.
  • Please see pages 16 and 50 for the approved OCR list of activities (must include one team based and one individual sport)
GCSE Theory Lessons

Scholars will have two single 55 minute lessons per week. Over the three years of study, scholars will learn about sport in variety of contexts:

  • Year 9 - Scholars will learn about applied anatomy and physiology of the body exploring the short term and long term effects of exercise on the body and performance. In the physical training unit, scholars will learn how to measure fitness, conduct tests and experience different physical training methods used to develop performance
  • Year 10 - Study psychology modules including learning about the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others and coaching methods. Scholars will also complete their controlled assessment project using knowledge learnt in year 9 and 10. Please see below for more information.
  • Year 11 - Scholars will explore the socio-cultural side of sport, examining participation rates and the commercialization of sport, the use of drugs in sport and the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.
GCSE Controlled Assessment
Year 10 - Scholars will apply both their theory and practical knowledge to undertake a coursework project. This coursework project requires scholars to analyze and evaluate their own performance and then devise

Assessment Structure

1 hour written exam - Paper 1: Factors effecting performance (01)

Including course content on: Applied anatomy, physiology and physical training

30% of total GCSE course

Paper sat at the end of Year 11

1 hour written exam - Paper 2: Cultural Issues and sport psychology (02)

Including course content on: Socio engagement patterns, the commercialization of sport, ethical issues and health, fitness, diet and well being

30 % of total GCSE course

Paper sat at the end of Year 11

Non-exam assessment: Performance in physical education (3)

Including:  the assessment of 3 different activities (weighted 10% each) from the OCR approved list. Coursework based project on the Analysis and Evaluating performance (weight 10%).

40% of total GCSE course

Continuous assessment throughout.

Final marks submitted to exam board in March of Year 11.

Expectations of the course


  • This is a demanding course that requires sport to be played at a ‘competitive level’. Playing at a ‘competitive level’ means joining a local or school sport team, attending weekly training and participating in regular fixtures.
  • To play at a competitive level scholars will need to attend additional training outside of lesson time by either committing to a school sports team or local sports club.
  • It is recommended that scholars are already playing at least one competitive sport inside or outside of school.


  • Paper 1 of the course is heavily scientific based. Paper 2 of the course is sociology based.
  • It is recommended that scholars have a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English and Science subjects.