Physical Education

Staffing of the department

Ms Nash - Head of Department
Mrs Power - Serviam Co-ordinator

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

PE at St Ursula's is very popular, where pupils seem to really thrive. PE is a compulsory core subject and so continues into KS4.

Pupils also have the opportunity to study AQA GCSE PE in Key stage 4 as an examination subject. This is an academic subject which aligns to the science subjects.

There are also many opportunities for pupils to get involved with extra-curricular clubs, fixtures, dance shows, reward trips and much more throughout the year.

KS4 Curriculum

Our curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all students:

  • 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.


KS4 Programme of study


PE is offered as a GCSE option the sports we offer at Key stage 3, match the sports that are offered in GCSE PE, hence pupils have already had 3 years of technique and experience in those fields to support their progress.

The qualification is weighted as follows:


    Pupils on this course will take part practically in 6 different sports.
    Currently these sports are:

    • Basketball
    • Dance
    • Fitness
    • Rock Climbing
    • Rounders
    • Trampolining

    Please note that due to statutory changes to the curriculum the sports offered are likely to change from 2016.
    Pupils will be assessed in all 6 sports, with their highest scoring 4 sports making up their final mark. This is worth 50% of the GCSE.
    In addition to undertaking the roles of player/performer, pupils are also required to complete a controlled assessment on the 'Active Participant - Analysis of performance'. This is completed in the theoretical setting and counts towards 10% of the pupils' final practical grade.


    In addition to the practical aspect of the course, pupils will also be required to complete 2 areas of PE theory. These are:

    1. Section A - Knowledge and understanding of the active participant.
    2. Section B- Knowledge and understanding for the involved participant.

Extra-Curricular activities

We currently offer the following extra-curricular opportunities:
Trampolining, Rounders, Football. We also offer Dance, Athletics and Basketball with professional choreographer and coaches, which is totally free of charge.

Special requirements

Please see the student planner which makes clear the requirements for full PE kit

Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public