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Physical Education

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

  • Mrs Katherine Bodman- Director of Learning for PE
  • Mr Ian Walker- Assistant Lead for PE
  • Mrs Sharon Acheson- Assistant Lead for PE/Joint Head of Year 8 (Maternity Leave)
  • Mr Josh Dunbar- PE Teacher/Assistant Head of Sixth Form
  • Mr Ben Rhodes- PE Teacher/Deputy Head
  • Mr Jordan Mockett- PE Teacher
  • Miss Zoe Lewis- PE Teacher

The Physical Education Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Please click the Intent Statement below:
KS3 PE Intent Statement 

From years, 7-9 students will cover some 20 different sports and activities to broaden their understanding of sport and give an opportunity to find something they enjoy. We have two main aims; firstly, to develop lifelong participation in sport through fun and engaging physical education, which can last well beyond school years. Secondly, we aim to develop social, personal, cognitive and physical skills through the curriculum.

Skills such as leadership, organisation, and the ability to give feedback, resilience, independence and responsibility will all be taught and assessed throughout the KS3 curriculum. Thus, we believe students can become equipped to be successful citizens and employees when they leave school.

KS4 Curriculum

Core Physical Education

All Key Stage 4 students will receive four 1-hour lessons of PE per fortnight. Within these lessons, they will get to choose certain Pathways, which include a wide range of sports. Within our PE lessons, aim is to promote engagement and lifelong activity. Leadership and independence are two of the important skills that students will use throughout their Key Stage 4 lessons.

The Sport Pathways shown below:

Pathway 1

Competitive Sport

Pathway 2

Alternative Games

Pathway 3

Health, Fitness and Dance

Pathway 4

Fitness and Outdoor Activities

Pathway 5

Sports Leadership



Fitness to music




Capture the Flag



Sports Leadership Qualification





Primary links







Table Tennis


Strength and Endurance



Ultimate Frisbee


Free Running





Outdoor bootcamps





Key Stage 4- Cambridge National Sports Science


This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. This course provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of different aspects of sports science including sports technology and nutrition and equips students with practical skills such as learning to design and evaluate a training programme.

Post 16 Opportunities:

AS / A2 Level, National Diploma BTEC and Degrees in a variety of PE related subjects as well as careers in professional sports, coaching, fitness, leisure, education, sports science, physiotherapy and much more.

Qualification: Cambridge National in Sports Science : Exam board: OCR

Unit 1 (R041) – Reducing the risks of sports injuries

What is assessed?

Taking part in sport and physical activity puts the body under stress. Knowing how to reduce the risk of injury when taking part in sport, and how to respond to injuries and medical conditions in a sport setting are, therefore, vital skills in many roles within the sport and leisure industry, whether you are a lifeguard, a steward at a sports stadium or a personal fitness instructor.

By completing this unit, learners will know how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity in a way which minimises the risk of injuries occurring, how to react to common injuries that can occur during sport and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions, providing a good foundation to undertake formal first aid training and qualifications.

How is it assessed?

This unit is externally assessed by OCR.

Written paper 1 hour – 60 marks

Unit 2 – R042 Applying principles of training

What is assessed?

In the world of team and individual sport, it is vital that coaches keep their performers in peak condition. They do this by regularly monitoring them through fitness tests and by designing bespoke training programmes to suit the type of sport, performance schedule and the individual themselves.

High quality training programmes apply principles of training to the requirements of the individual in their development and implementation.

By completing this unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of training and the application of these in the design of training programmes along with practical skills in fitness testing.

How is it assessed?

This unit is internally assessed by the Physical Education department and externally moderated by OCR

Assignment marked /60.

Unit 3- R045 Sports Nutrition

What’s assessed?

In all walks of life, appropriate nutrition and diet are vital to our health and wellbeing. In the world of sport the right nutrition is as important as the right equipment and the right training methods, because without suitable nutrition a performer’s body would not be able to cope with the stresses and strains put upon it. This would lead not only to deterioration in performance, but also in health. The amount of legislation and media coverage that surrounds the use of supplements in elite sport, some of which are approved and some of which are prohibited, highlights the value placed on nutrition in modern day sport.

By completing this unit, learners will consider the composition of a healthy, balanced diet. They will also consider the necessity of certain nutrients in particular quantities and the effects of a poor diet. They will reflect upon the role that diet plays in different sports and activities, and use the knowledge gained to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.

How is it assessed?

This unit is internally assessed by the Physical Education dept. and externally moderated by OCR.

Assignment marked /60.

Unit 4- R046 Technology in sport

What’s assessed?

Elite sport is big business and the amounts of money invested in, and available for, achieving success are increasing. In such a competitive environment, innovation which can provide an advantage is much sought-after and it is in this context that the application of technology to sport is becoming more and more prevalent and providing a growing range of career opportunities as a result.

By completing this unit, learners will consider the variety of ways in which technology is being used in sport to enhance both performance and the experience of sport for performers and for spectators. They will also develop an appreciation of some of the counter-arguments regarding the increasing use of technology in sport.

How is it assessed?


This unit is internally assessed by the Physical Education dept. and externally moderated by OCR.

Assignment marked /60.



Extended writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Reading through case studies for meaning, locating, extracting and commenting on language and the analysis of information.




Time lines

Bar charts & line Graphs


Power= strength x speed

use of timing



Current affairs


Health- Healthy balanced diet




Importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle


Key Stage 5- BTEC Sport Courses


This style of course is focused on providing a pathway to either further education or direct employment and the course is structured so not to limit a student’s choice. On the course you will have the opportunity to study a range of sports related topics including anatomy & physiology, fitness testing & training, psychology, diet & nutrition and the sports industry. As well as this you will learn skills about how to develop your own sporting performance and ability to analyse that of others. This course will prepare you for further study or the possibility of going straight in to employment within the ever-growing sports industry.

In Addition

During the course there will be opportunity for you to visit specialist sports facilities, receive expert tuition from industry professionals and get to know how the Sports Industry encompasses a wide range of areas and opportunities beyond the obvious. We aim to give a full and broad experience of what Sport and the Sports Industry can offer for any learner.

Entry Requirements

Please refer to the John of Gaunt School Sixth Form entry requirements for 2021.

It is expected that students will take part in practical lessons so will need to be physically capable.

BTEC Sport Students

In order to be an effective BTEC Sport student you will be required to demonstrate a number of key skills and qualities as well as working towards a set of expectations, including:

  • Taking responsibility for your own learning and work
  • Developing your thinking, reasoning and analytical skills
  • Demonstrating a secure base of subject knowledge
  • Being an effective team player in lessons
  • Being capable of working with guidelines from assignment briefs
  • Accept and meet deadlines for coursework, classwork and homework
  • Be able to manage workload and time effectively and efficiently


Attendance is crucial throughout the course as there will be many assignments issued to you that will require completion to a set of deadlines. As well as this, the demands of the course are such that vital course content and practical sessions will form a basis for the information required to complete the assignments and low attendance will impact on students’ subject knowledge and awareness.

Course Structure & Assessment

This style of BTEC qualification is geared towards giving students choice of where they want their learning to take them. It is designed to be able to lead to further study or directly into employment. The course is made up of internal assignments, externally set coursework and written examinations across several different units of study. Each unit of study will require completing fully to ensure that the qualification is achieved. Each completed unit will contribute to your total overall grade.

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport (equivalent to one A-Level)

This course is made up of 4 units; 3 mandatory and 1 optional.

  1. Anatomy & Physiology – written exam
  2. Fitness Testing and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being – externally set coursework task
  3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry – internally set assignment
  4. One optional unit (TBC from units 4-7 listed below) – internally set assignment

Level 3 Diploma in Sport (equivalent to two A-Levels)

This larger course is made up of 9 units and builds on the work completed within the Extended Certificate. There are 6 mandatory units and 3 optional units across two years.

Mandatory Content:

Units 1, 2 and 3 from the Extended Certificate and;

  1. Sports Leadership – internally set assignment
  2. Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry – externally set coursework task
  3. Skill Acquisition in Sport – internally set assignment

Optional Content – 3 units from:

  1. Application of Fitness Testing
  2. Sports Psychology
  3. Practical Sports Performance
  4. Coaching for Performance
  5. Research Methods in Sport
  6. Sports Event Organisation
  7. Research Project in Sport – Looking into a specific area of interest to you!
  8. Sports Injury Management
  9. Work Experience in Active Leisure
  10. Leisure Management
  11. Leisure Centre Operations
  12. Sports performance Analysis
  13. Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  14. Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
  15. Principles and Practices for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  16. Environmental Sustainability for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The 3 optional units will be selected based upon the suitability and strengths of the students on the course.

Again, assessment is made up of a range of internal assignments, external coursework and a written exam.

Further details can be obtained from the PE department

Moving On

BTEC Sport is a widely recognised qualification enabling access to a variety of sports related courses in higher education e.g. sports science, sports development, coaching. Students also seek direct employment as leisure assistants, fitness instructors or sports coaches although may still require additional vocational qualifications.

Key Stage 5- Level 3 Sports Leadership

Course Structure

The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead un-supervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities. The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification, that builds on the Level 2 qualification; however there are no final examinations to sit.

The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership consists of eight units of work, of which seven must be completed:


Unit Title

Guided Learning Hours


Developing leadership skills

4 hours


Plan, lead and evaluate a sports/physical activity event

15 hours


Lead safe sport/physical activity sessions

5 hours


Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions for children

16 hours


Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions in the community*

10 hours


Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions for disabled people*

10 hours


Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions for older people *

10 hours

*Two units out of the three must be chosen (usually sessions for children and disabled are completed)

The course is split between practical, leading and theoretical learning. However as much as possible is taught through practical.

Age: 16+ (learners must be 18 years of age on completion – so students will receive their certificates at the end of year 13, however it is just a one year course and can be taken in either year 12 or 13)

Guided Learning Hours: 126 hours


There is no exam at the end of the course, students will be assessed throughout the course with various tasks they are given to plan and lead.

Student destinations following Level 3 Sports Leadership

Sports Leadership is a widely recognised qualification that builds individuals skills in confidence and leading which shows employers and higher educational establishments students have given their own time to make an impact in sport.

Homework in PE

In PE at KS3, students are encouraged to participate in the extra-curricular clubs. At KS4, research, exam source questions and fact revision are all assessed activities. At KS5, homework focuses on the different theory components of the course and tasks will be a combination of notes/lesson preparation and reading, research and assessed work. The practical component of the course is not to be taken lightly and students should be regularly training and participating in their chosen activities outside of school.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Faculty offers enrichment opportunities including:

  • Sports Tours
  • Netball trips to Bath University
  • Wimbledon trips
  • Local sporting fixtures and competitions

High quality coaching and opportunities for mass participation in a wide range of sports including rugby, netball, football, hockey, basketball, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, and badminton, as well as developing participation in activities such as table tennis, free running and dodgeball.