Physical Education

Physical Education provides students with opportunities to participate in a wide range of individual and team sports. Sports facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and weights training suite. The 55 acre playing fields and hard courts at Bretton Park enable participation in sports such as football, rugby, orienteering, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis and athletics.

The school’s large sports hall at the Cresset is used to allow badminton, trampolining, basketball, volleyball, squash and table tennis to be part of the experience for every student at the school.

While the Physical Education course develops individual skills and talents, the competitive challenge of team sports are encouraged through inter tutor group and inter school competitions.

The faculty currently holds the prestigious SPORTSMARK award for recognition of a quality programme of physical education and school sport.

Key Stage 3

Students are provided with opportunities to participate in a wide range of individual and team sports. Over the three years students will experience sports in the following areas of activity:

  • Games; football, rugby, netball, hockey, badminton, tennis, basketball, cricket
  • Outdoor and adventurous; orienteering
  • Gymnastic activities; trampolining, gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Health related fitness

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students have the opportunity to build on those skills acquired at

Key Stage 3.

Students are able to choose their activities from a large option base including:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Trampolining
  • Badminton
  • Swimming; personal survival, life saving
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Cricket

Students also have the opportunity to study Physical Education at GCSE level. The theory element of the course covers themes of

  •  Health, fitness and factors affecting performance
  •  Principles of training
  •  Factors affecting individual performance and participation
  •  Social and cultural factors affecting participation

Students are also required to complete a Personal Training Programme. Students choose four scores from practical activities to put towards their final mark. The course culminates in an examination in June.

In Year 10 students are also encouraged to continue to participate in inter tutor group competitions.