Physical Education

Physical Education

Teachers & Roles in Department

  • Mrs S Clarke – Leader of Teaching and Learning Physical Education and Community Sport
  • Mrs A Roberts – Leader of Student Development Year 10
  • Mrs K Hendzell
  • Mr D Needham – TLR Vocational Sport
  • Mrs P Raybould – TLR Raising Standards GCSE PE
  • Mr R Morgan

About Physical Education

The aim of the PE Department is to help to develop skillful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful, organised, healthy and all round students who have a desire to remain involved in physical activity. Through physical education, the students should be challenged and developed to their highest level possible. This is done through the students involvement in :

  • National curriculum lessons.
  • An optional GCSE Physical Education course in years 9, 10 & 11.
  • An optional NCFE Level 2 in Health and Fitness course in years 9,10 & 11
  • An optional course in AS/ A level Physical Education in years 12 & 13.
  • An optional course in Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma in Sports and Physical Activity in years 12 & 13
  • An optional extra curricular programme.
  • An optional leadership programme.


There is a self-contained purpose built accommodation for physical education and sport. We have a high quality 4 bay sports hall which was opened in February 2006. In addition to the sports hall there are two well equipped gymnasiums and six changing rooms.

The outdoor facilities are well maintained these are:

  • 7 Netball courts
  • 3 Outdoor basketball courts
  • 1 Full sized football pitch
  • 2 smaller football Pitches
  • 1 Rugby Pitch
  • 6 Rounders Pitches
  • A grass athletics track
  • Orienteering courses set up within and beyond the grounds

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department offers a wide range of extra curricular activities during lunch time and after school. A programme of activities is offered every half term and all students are encouraged to get involved and enjoy the activities – whatever their level of ability is. Current activities include netball, football, badminton, basketball and table tennis. Eckington School enters leagues and tournaments in various activities and consequently we have a busy programme of fixtures.

We have an excellent leadership programme and enjoy seeing a vast number of our students leading


In Years 9, 10 and 11 students participate in 1 lesson of core PE a week. Students will continue to participate in a range of activities but with more of a focus on applying advanced and complex tactics and strategies and developing techniques further.

The students will get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

The programme promotes the development of self -esteem and confidence so that students will participate in exercise and physical activities outside of school and hopefully later in life.

In addition students may opt into either GCSE Physical Education (OCR specification) or VCERT Health and Fitness course (NCFE specification) which both involve practical and theory lessons.


During the course students will develop their understanding and ability in a range of sports. They will be assessed in 3 sporting activities (1 team sport, 1 individual sport and 1 other). Students are also expected to evaluate and analyse performance.

In theory lessons students will study for 2 examinations

  • Physical factors affecting performance
  • Socio-cultural influences and sports Psychology

The course is currently assessed as 60% exam and 40% practical coursework.

Exam Board: OCR
Specification: J587


This qualification has 3 internally assessed units making up 75% of the course and 1 externally assessed paper making up the additional 25%. The internally assessed modules are made up of a combination of practical and theoretical PE elements.

Students will need to produce a portfolio of work for the 3 internally assessed units.

Unit 1Principles of health and fitness Internally assessed portfolio of work/evidence
Unit 2Healthy Lifestyles Internally assessed portfolio of work/evidence
Unit 3Preparing and planning for health and fitness Externally set and marked assessment paper.
Unit 4Develop a personal health and fitness programme Internally assessed portfolio of work/evidence

Exam Board : NCFE

Specification: (601/4534/1)


Students participate in 1 core PE lesson a week. Where possible they are taught in single sexed, mixed ability groups. The programme consists of 6 modules of work over the course of the year which cover the following activities: outwitting opponents; invasion games, net games, and striking and fielding, gymnastics, athletics, dance, and outdoor and adventurous activities.

The programme also promotes the development of self- esteem and leadership skills, together with an awareness of personal and social issues. Students are assessed with regards to their attainment and attitude to learning.


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