Curriculum Leader - PE:

Mr Hamilton

Physical Education

Physical Education Department

The Department

The Physical Education Department consists of four members of staff. There is a good rapport between the members of the Department, and there is plenty of opportunities for staff to further their professional development in areas of Physical Education and Sport.


The Department teaching areas consist of a Sports Hall, Gymnasium, five tennis courts, a large tarmac area, a field, and a teaching room for examination classes which has a computer and overhead projector. The Sports Hall has four badminton courts, four cricket nets, and provision for basketball, five-a-side football, and volleyball. The field has three rugby pitches, a good quality cricket square, and a 400 metre athletics track.


All students in KS3 and KS4 have two one hour lessons each week.

KS3 students are taught in half year groups which allows us to set the students on ability. Review of progress is made on a regular basis and set changes made as appropriate. All groups follow activities in the National Curriculum, and students are assessed at the end of each unit of work.

In KS4, students can opt for the GCSE PE (Edexcel) or BTEC Sport (Edexcel) courses. The GCSE course is the more traditional and practically based course, whereas, BTEC Sport is much more coursework based. Students are allocated six hours per fortnight for these courses, and include both practical and theoretical lessons throughout the two year course.

The Department also teaches A/S and A2 Physical Education (OCR). This is a popular option among our talented sportsmen. All KS5 students have one games lesson each week in which they have a number of practical options from which to select.

Curriculum Area Physical Education
Curriculum Leader:Mr  T J Hamilton


BTEC Award in Sport (QCF)

AS/A-level PE 

Examining board:

GCSE: Edexcel

BTEC: Edexcel



Extra-Curricular Sport

The Department has a strong reputation with regards to extra-curricular sport.  We run rugby, hockey, athletics and cricket teams for all age groups with a mixture of midweek and Saturday fixtures.  Our teams regularly take part in county and national competitions.  The Year 8 rugby team are county champions, as are our U/16 and U/18 hockey teams.  Our U/16 and U/18 hockey teams also represented Berkshire in the regional finals.  In 2006 the Year 8 and Year 10 athletics teams qualified for the South of England “B” finals held at Southampton.  The Department also runs school teams in basketball, badminton and tennis, all of whom take part in the Berkshire Schools leagues.  We have a number of students who play sport at county level or above.  Our students are very supportive of school sport, and the relationship between them and staff is excellent.

Sports tours overseas are also run on a regular basis and these have proved to be very popular among our students. Recent tours have included hockey tours to Holland and South Africa.

What are the areas I will study?

The BTEC Award in Sport course covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The Award offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. The Award offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCSE. The Award is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification that consists of four units of study, making up a total of 30 credits. Students will learn about fitness training, the cardio-respiratory system, training programmes and practical sports. Each unit is assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

What activities will I take part in?

Students are taught five lessons a fortnight in order to fulfil the requirements of the BTEC first course. Approximately three lessons shall take place in the classroom, dedicated to learning all the relevant theoretical areas such as Health and Fitness, Training and Business Skills in Sport.

One computer based lesson is utilised to ensure students complete their work carefully and to the best of their ability. In order to pass each unit successfully each student’s work must be typed on computer. Having access to a computer at home would be a benefit.

In addition, students shall experience approximately one practical lesson every two weeks in order to consolidate theoretical work in a practical context. Students are required to demonstrate the use of practical skills, techniques and tactics appropriate for one team and one individual sport. However, the amount of practical teaching and assessment is limited. Students are, however, required to record their knowledge of skills and tactics, rules and appropriate roles they have learnt during their practical units of study.

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

Students will develop the ability to demonstrate skills and techniques appropriate for one team and one individual sport. This will develop decision making skills in addition to other ‘life’ skills such as communication, listening, teamwork, co-operation, and leadership. Students will also develop the ability to analyse and improve their own and others performances.

A broad theoretical base as outlined above, will give students a wealth of PE and sport related knowledge, for example, understanding how the body responds to exercise as well as the health and fitness benefits.  The breadth of syllabus could also help students access a range of higher level PE and sports qualifications either at school or college, including the Level 3 BTEC course or A/S Level Physical Education (dependant on the grade awarded).

How will I be assessed?

In BTEC Firsts all units are internally assessed.

All assessment for BTEC First qualifications is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and graded criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can then be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

  • To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass criteria.
  • To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit criteria.
  • To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction criteria.

Please note there is no formal theory examination at the end of the course and the practical assessment of sport is very limited.

More course information


Who do I see for more information?

For further information please see Mr Hamilton (Curriculum Leader).