In physical education we aim to develop students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities in the hope that such activities will then become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Within the curriculum we aim to develop students’ physical literacy skills, enhancing their ability to link generic skills and apply them throughout different activities. Each student receives his or her own individual target, focusing on what they need to do to improve. As the key stage progresses, students seek to refine core skills and enhance complex movements. We provide students with opportunities to evaluate and improve their own and others’ work so that they can provide a detailed analysis of performance by the end of Year 9. Throughout KS3 we have a consistent focus on independent learning which enables students to develop leadership capabilities as well as confidence and resilience. They take on different roles and responsibilities, learning how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.


Mrs Addison-Jones Curriculum Leader for PE
Mr Riley Pastoral Leader (Year 8)/Teacher of PE
Mr Walsh Pupil Engagement/Teacher of PE
Mrs Riley Pastoral Leader (Year 11)/Teacher of PE
Mr Booth Teacher of PE

All pupils study PE until the end of Year 11 for 2 periods per week.

In year 9 all pupils have the opportunity to opt to study OCR GCSE PE or Sport Studies Technical Award in KS4.

All pupils will also have core PE for 2 periods per week in Year 10 and 1 period per week in year 11.

The following topics are studied at KS3.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Year 7 Skills: X-Country; Baseline testing; Football; Dance/Handball; Netball; HRF/Football; Fundamentals; HRF

Badminton; Rugby; Gymnastics; Volleyball; OAA 

Athletics; Cricket/OAA; Rounder’s

Year 8

Year 8 Teaching Games for Understanding: X-Country; Handball; Table Tennis; Hockey/HRF; Football; Badminton; Netball; Dance

HRF; Rugby; Table Tennis; Volleyball; Badminton

Athletics; Cricket/OAA; Rounder’s/OAA

Year 9

Year 9 Sport Education: X-Country; Football; Badminton; Netball; Handball; Table Tennis  

GCSE PE Taster/HRF; Rugby; Dance; Badminton; Volleyball; Table Tennis

Athletics; 1 Theory/Cricket; Rounder’s/OAA; Cricket/OAA; Skeletal System

 The following units are studied at KS4.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Sports Studies

Know the areas of employment within the sports industry; Know the skills and knowledge required to work within the sports industry; Be able to apply for jobs within the sports industry; Understand the impacts which the sports industry has on the UK; Understand the issues which affect participation in sport  

Know about the role of sport in promoting values; Understand the importance of hosting major sporting events; Know about the role of national governing bodies; Spaced learning

Retrieval practice; Know the personal qualities, styles, roles and responsibilities associated with effective sports leadership; Be able to plan a sports activity session

Year 10


Muscular System; Movement Analysis; Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

Effects of Exercise on the Body Systems; Components of fitness 

Applying the principles of training; Physical Training

Year 11

Sports Studies

Be able to deliver a sports activity session; Be able to evaluate own performance in delivering a sports activity session; Use skills, techniques and tactics as an individual in a sporting activity; Use skills, techniques and tactics as a team performer in sporting activity

Be able to officiate in a sporting activity; Be able to apply practice methods to support improvement in a sporting activity; Retrieval practice

Retrieval practice

Year 11


Socio-Cultural Influences; Commercialisation of physical activity and sport; Ethical and Socio-Cultural Issues in sport; Characteristics of skilful movement & Classification of Skills; Goal Setting; Mental Preparation; Types of guidance and feedback; Health, Fitness & Well-Being 

Diet and Nutrition; Practical Moderation Practice; Revision

Revision; Retrieval Practice

Extra-curricular activities and visits

Students are given the opportunity to practise activities at lunchtime and after school, with a variety of activities on offer including football, netball, table tennis, rugby, handball, basketball and badminton. Students can also represent their house in Interhouse competitions, taking part in five different sports competitions throughout the year, culminating with our whole school sports day. There is an emphasis on inclusion with no restriction to the number of players each team can have. Boys’ sports include, football, handball and cricket. Girls’ sports include dance, netball and rounders. Both boys and girls compete in cross country events and an annual swimming gala. School teams are entered in all the South Ribble Schools’ tournaments and competitions.

Every half term pupils receive a copy of lunch and extra-curricular activities during form time. These are then pinned on form notice boards. Each week the extra-curricular timetable is updated and uploaded to the school website and twitter page so pupils, parents and carers are able to keep up to date and plan accordingly. If there are any changes, the schools PE twitter account sends out notifications.

At St Mary’s, we believe that educational visits form a significant role in the overall development of a young person. Visits provide opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, a range of activities and experiences that serve to extend and consolidate students’ academic learning as well as promoting their social and emotional development. We offer sports tours every two years with a specific sporting focus. Out most recent tour will depart in April 2018 to Malaga for football and netball.