Physical Education


Mr A. Worth – Head of Department
Mrs R .Wilson – Second in PE, Head of Y11
Mrs A. Dixon
Miss L. Wilson
Mr R Dawson – Assistant Head
Mrs K. Johnston
Mr S. Jones – Head of Year 9
Mr K. Rinder – Head of Year 8
Mrs E Wilkinson

Department Overview

At Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, we aim to nurture and inspire pupils to benefit from a healthy active lifestyle. Through a wide range of individual and team activities both in lessons and in our extra-curricular programme, students can flourish under the careful guidance of our expert teachers. 
We foster co-operation, competition and participation for all in the dedicated pursuit of excellence. As a school, we regularly achieve success in the district, county and national competitions. In the past ten years, over twenty students have competed internationally in a range of sports including netball, rugby, futsal, cricket, orienteering, triathlon and fell running. 
 All students in school follow a core P.E. curriculum, with examination level being offered at GCSE and A Level (OCR exam board). 


The activities and sports may change from year to year and across the key stage. They usually include but are to not limited to: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Climbing, Circuit training, Cricket, Cross country, Dance, Football, Futsal, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Orienteering, Rounders, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.  

Through KS3 there is an emphasis on acquiring sport-specific skills and developing an understanding of how invasion games and net games share tactical principles. 

KS4 Physical Education 

The sports and activities taught at KS3 are available in KS4 and there are additional activities such as:  attending a gym, dodgeball, fitness classes, golf, mindfulness, squash and swimming. There are more opportunities for students to focus in areas that they prefer. 

KS4 teaching further develops techniques and tactics. It aims to prepare students to attend adult sports and recreation clubs now and into the future. 

Through all key stages, pupils are encouraged to self-review and modify their tactics and strategies to improve. They are given the opportunity to self-organise and encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. 

Why study Physical Education?
Students should enjoy: sport; learning about the benefits of sport and recreation; improving their own performance in a range of sports; being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

Features of the course:
Lessons are a mixture of one practical and one theory session a week. Students will learn about: applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training; sports psychology; socio-cultural influences; health, fitness; and well-being.

The extra-curricular sports programme continues through to the end of Sixth Form. This provides the opportunity to refine and develop skills in a range of practice and competitive situations.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?
As well as being preparation for the A-Level physical education course, GCSE physical education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Topics for Study: Practical performance; analysis and evaluation of performance; anatomy and physiology; socio-cultural issue; and psychology.

Assessment Summary: Controlled assessment (40%)
Section 1 – practical performances in three different physical activities (at least one team and one individual).
Section 2 – analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
2 x 1 hour examinations (60%) – multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions
Paper 1 – anatomy and physiology
Paper 2 – socio-cultural issue and psychology

Exam Board: OCR

Subject lead contact details: Mr A Worth



KS 5 Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?
Physical education encourages students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE with the chance to perform or coach a sport (through the non-exam assessment component), and delve into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

Students receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base from which to build when you move on to higher education, employment or further training.

Students can develop a range of practical skills, including communication using appropriate language, dealing with pressure, split second decision-making, analysing and evaluating performance, and more.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
You need to do at least one sport which is assessed on the syllabus. The sports you can do are too numerous to list here, please ask a member of PE staff. You do not have to have studied GCSE PE but you need to show a very positive attitude towards sport.

Features of the course:
You will study: Physiological factors affecting performance: applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology.

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Performance in physical education: performance or coaching, evaluation and analysis of performance for

Topics for Study: Physiological factures affecting performance, socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport, performance in physical education

Assessment summary: Paper 1: 2 hour examination (30%)
Paper 2: 1 hour examination (20%)
Paper 3: 1 hour examination (20%)
Non-exam assessment (30%)

Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in GCSE PE if taken; demonstrate a positive attitude towards
sport. Must be competent in at least one sport assessed on the

Exam Board: OCR

Subject lead contact details: Mr A Worth



The school offers a wide range of physical activities beyond timetabled classes.  At lunchtime and after school, numerous staff and senior students lead extra-curricular sport. Students attend clubs for fun and personal improvement as well as working towards school representation and elite opportunities. 


Clubs abound with enthusiasm and commitment from all involved. A typical week will see a wide range of sporting fixtures and clubs for all age groups. Our fixture list and extra-curricular timetable are available online.   



We offer students a range of opportunities to develop many of the essential skills they will need to succeed in their future careers. These include improving communication and organisation through to qualifying as coaches and officials. 


Pupils are encouraged to organise and run sporting activities including hosting the Y7 county cross country tournament and a variety of other competitions. 


Listening to visiting speakers and trips to sporting events also inspire pupils to see that there are a variety of employment opportunities idifferent roles in sport. 

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