• Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Sixth Form
  • Assessment
  • Enrichment
  • Main Aims
    • to develop practical skills in a wide range of sporting activities and ensure each student’s fitness levels are challenged in order to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle
    • to develop a deep understanding and knowledge of a range of sports and apply knowledge to help improve practical performance.
    • to inspire and encourage students to challenge themselves practically and mentally to build strong resilient independent learners who are committed to a healthy active lifestyle
    • to develop each student’s competence and confidence through our high quality PE curriculum enabling all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.

    Year 7

    Students in Year 7 are in mixed gender groups but will be split by ability. We aim to provide students with a broad curriculum which focuses on developing key skills needed in PE and their overall fitness, health and wellbeing. Our assessment focuses on three key values throughout the year which will be a constant theme within our practical lessons over the whole of KS3 in order for students to monitor their progress.

    1. practical performance: assesses skill ability across the curriculum in a variety of sports and decision making within performance and overall fitness.
    2. knowledge and understanding: focus on understanding of technique for different skills, rules of the game and tactics to improve performance
    3. mind set to learning: consideration of effort and commitment in lessons and how students apply themselves across the broad curriculum

    Year 8

    Students are split into single gender sets and again grouped by ability. Our top set boys and girls groups will begin to really focus on practical performance in team and individual sports which start to build the students understanding of what is expected of them at GCSE in their practical performance. The same three key values still apply and are used during assessment to provide a constant theme of assessment for students.

    1. practical performance: looks at skills in both team and individual sports and begins to unpick the skills required within those sports in more detail looking at principles of attack and defence and how they can be used effectively in game play
    2. knowledge and understanding: assesses ability to build on prior understanding of rules, skills and tactics in order to discuss performance strengths and areas to improvedevelopment of leadership skills through warm ups, drill and game situations to help build confidence and other leadership skills
    3. mind set to learning: encourages commitment to learning and to work at a level which challenges fitness and ensures progress

    Year 9

    Students are kept in the same gender and ability groups as Year 8 although there is always room for movement between groups during the years. This year will really begin to unpick specific parts of the GCSE specification. This ensures students are prepared for the expectation in lessons and some of the content to be covered in the course. The assessment procedure uses the same three key values to monitor how much progress is made.

    1. practical performance: linked to GCSE sports and developing appropriate skills, techniques and tactics for success including game play and applying different skills and tactics in order to make game play effective
    2. knowledge and understanding: builds on rules and regulations by developing students’ leadership through officiating in different games. Students will also be expected to show understanding of rules in their own game play. They will develop leadership skills through coaching by leading specific parts of a lesson, depending on their ability, to show transfer of knowledge into practice.
    3. mind set to learning: allows students to continue to commit to lessons, ensuring organisation and effort is focused on developing their learning so that progress is maximised
  • Core Physical Education

    Every student is required to participate in two hours of physical education per week as a core provision. There is a wide range of activities offering different experiences to suit the individual needs of our students. Some activities build on those covered in Key Stage 3, whilst others are new to the students, such as volleyball and trampolining. Students are expected to take responsibility in their lessons, taking on different roles such as performer, coach or official.

    GCSE Physical Education

    Why study physical education?
    GCSE study in physical education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. We aim to challenge, motivate and inspire students, enabling them to make informed decisions about learning opportunities and pathways.
    What areas would you study?
    The course offers a mixture of practical and theoretical work. A range of team and individual sports will be covered in practical sessions, improving your skills in each in preparation for practical assessment. Students will also improve their ability to analyse and evaluate performance in specific sports of their choice. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. They will cover a range of topics in theory that aim to help students understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and wellbeing. These topics include understanding how the physiological and psychological state can affect performance and understanding how key socio-cultural influences can affect people’s involvement in physical activity.
    How are you assessed?
    Two written examinations; one non exam assessment (NEA)
    Component 1: physical factors affecting performance - 1 hour/60 marks/30% of qualification
    Component 2: socio-cultural issues and sports psychology - 1 hour/60 marks/30% of qualification
    Component 3: performance in physical education - NEA/80 marks/40% of qualification
    Where will this take me post-16?
    This course provides an excellent route into A-level physical education, psychology, science and sociology and allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals in sport or sport and exercise sciences. With further training it can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities in sports science, teaching, physiotherapy, dietician, recreational management, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and the armed forces.
  • A-level Physical Education

    Examination Board: OCR

    Introduction and Structure

    A-level physical education offers students the opportunity to explore and develop a breadth of skills and enhance their understanding of physical education. The aims of the course are to:

    • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
    • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
    • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
    • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
    • refine your ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
    • develop your ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
    • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
    • improve as an effective and independent learner and as critical and reflective thinker with a curious and enquiring mind


    Applied anatomy & physiology; exercise physiology; biomechanics

    Written examination 2 hours/90 marks/30% of total qualification


    Skill acquisition; sports psychology

    Written examination 1 hour/60 marks/20% of total qualification


    Sport and society; contemporary issues in physical activities and sport

    Written examination 1 hour/60 marks/20% of total qualification


    Perfomance or coaching; evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI)

    Non exam assessment (NEA)

    Careers and Progression

    Physical education helps you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, independent learning, effective communication, teamwork and leadership. It is an excellent pre cursor to many university courses as well as leading to opportunities in careers such as; sports journalism, sports psychologist, sports development, dietician, PE teacher, physiotherapist and sports kinesiology.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in maths

    Recommended: Grade 5 in physical education

  • YEAR 9 

    Key Values 

    Practical Performance 

    skill, decision making, fitness


    understanding, evaluating performance, leadership

    Mind Set

    attitude to learning





    Skill – can be successful in a range of different skills and can attempt to transfer into game play

    Decision making – can make correct decisions in skill practice and game play

    Fitness – is able to meet the demands of some environments



    Understanding – knows and uses the correct terminology for a range of skills; can identify simple rules required for a range of sports

    Evaluating performance – can work as part of a small group to identify strengths or weaknesses in a peer’s performance using set criteria

    Leadership – can work in a group to lead a warm up


    Passive learner who is happy to sit back and listen to others

    Is reluctant to answer questions in lessons





    Skill – is confident in a range of skills and can apply these in competitive situations with a degree of aesthetics

    Decision making – can offer ideas to help solve problems, develop tactics and plan sessions

    Fitness – shows a desire to work hard and meets the demands of most environments


    Understanding – can identify and apply rules and key terminology for a range of sports

    Evaluating performance – can identify strengths and weaknesses of self and peer performance using criteria set

    Leadership – can lead specific stages of a warm up to a whole group; can manage teacher set tasks within a small group


    Positive learner who works hard to improve

    Answers class questions when asked

    Challenges themselves to achieve





    Skill – develops expert technique to improve performance; can transfer smoothly into competitive situations

    Decision making – can plan and apply tactics in competition to improve and influence own and other’s performance

    Fitness – ability to meet the demands of all environments including competitive situations 


    Understanding – shows sound understanding for all sports covered including rules, skills, tactics and key terminology and can use in discussions

    Evaluating performance – can pick out a performance’s strengths and/or weaknesses using key terminology and can offer recommendations for improvement

    Leadership – can lead an effective 3-phase warm up; can set up and run simple drills and practices effectively


    Active learner who wants to learn how to improve and reach top marks.

    Uses sound knowledge to answer questions in class.

    Works independently of lessons to further develop a range of skills






    Skill – shows a natural ability and excels in all sports efficiently, applying skills and tactics into game play

    Decision making – is a dictator in tactics and decisions to outwit opponents and maximise performance in individual and team situations 

    Fitness – always meeting the demands of competitive environments at a high intensity in lessons and extra curricular  


    Understanding – has a comprehensive knowledge of rules, regulations, key terminology and fitness requirements for a range of sports

    Evaluating performance – can identify progressions for skills and techniques and uses this to enhance self and peer’s performance

    Leadership – is a confident leader who can coach and officiate different sports and regularly contributes with this during extra curricular hours


    Active learner who constantly works hard to improve in a range of sporting situations

    Takes risks to overcome challenges and uses failure as a route to success

  • The PE department offers a rich and varied extracurricular programme. We aim to provide opportunities for all students to participate and compete in a wide variety of activities to suit all their needs. Currently we run a winter and summer programme of activities, with popular clubs like badminton and gymnastics running all year round.

    We enter a wide range of competitions for students to participate in and work well with the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership to provide even more extensive opportunities for our students. Currently we enter A & B teams into local and national football competitions for all year groups, along with netball, rounders, cricket, athletics and hockey teams in different competitions. The Partnership provides opportunities for us to enter competitions such as sportshall athletics, table tennis, Playground to Podium and fishing. We have seen large number of students representing the school with even more participating in our many clubs. We encourage all students to attend whatever their ability and our open door policy to all clubs allows students to develop their skills at a pace they are comfortable with.

    To coincide with our successful extracurricular programme we run leadership opportunities for our students. We have a large number of students who go through our internal leadership programme and they are able to develop their skills by helping out in clubs and teams both in school and the local community. We have run a successful football referees programme that qualifies students to officiate football games to a high standard recently and hope to offer this course again in the very near future. We actively encourage students to volunteer their help within the PE department and are delighted to have sixth formers helping out our in lessons.

    Each year we run intra-form competitions with the handball tournament being very popular for each year group and run exclusively by our own students. In July we hold our annual sports day. This is a big festival style day, providing opportunities for students to earn points for their form group in the form competition as well as compete in the athletics competition for the Victor Ludorum.

    We are always keen to celebrate the success of our students both in and out of the sporting curriculum and to support this we hold our prestigious sports awards evening in June. This is an opportunity for us to share and celebrate the success of our students with parents and we have a whole variety of awards promoting both effort and achievement as well as sports leadership. The crowning moment of our year is the Liz Vaughan Award, which is voted by our students for the student with the best sporting achievement/s of the year. To date our winners have come from a variety of sports including korfball, skiing, shooting, rowing, athletics and BMX.

    Girls Active is a new extra-curricular club and part of the well-known organisation This Girl Can, engaging young girls in sport and physical activity. Here at THS we run a Girls Active club after school for all female students in the school. The aim of the club is to promote participation in sport and offer a diverse number of sports for all to get involved in. It is open to all ages and all abilities. We have a team of effective and enthusiastic girl activators who are our leaders; they set up and run all the activities ensuring all the girls have fun! This club has really taken off and seen an increase in the number of girls participating. We also celebrate the success of the club with girl active club trips, such as ice skating..