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Physical Education


Mr A Pass – Head of Physical Education

Miss R Thomas – 2nd I/c of Physical Education

Mr P Stansfield – Teacher of Physical Education / Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs E Crichton – Teacher of Physical Education / Ass. Head Teacher / Head of Year 7

Mrs S Nightingale – Teacher of Physical Education / Senior Tutor

Mrs V Palma – Teacher of Physical Education / Primary Links Co-ordinator

Mr M Knowles – Teacher of Physical Education

Miss C Huegett – Teacher of Physical Education


Departmental Aims

Through a varied programme of physical education, St John Fisher Catholic High School aims to empower all students with the knowledge, skills, values and confidence to take part in sport and physical activities.

We firmly believe that competitive sport and ‘opportunities for ALL’ can co-exist in a busy school environment.

Our PE Department provides a wide range of sporting, recreational, health and fitness opportunities that everyone can enjoy and our teams are successful in many sporting disciplines at local, county and national level.

At St John Fisher, we believe that PE is unique in its ability to develop the ‘whole’ child. We value the fact that PE lessons form an integral part of the core curriculum for all students and that PE is considered a serious GCSE option.

Through the PE Department, we are proud to offer extended curriculum opportunities that promote and enhance our students’ relationships, social development, health and enjoyment of school life.

The vast majority of our students take advantage of one or more of the activities, available to them during the school day, at lunchtime, after school and at weekends. We regularly engage with other schools within our local community to enhance experiences and learning opportunities.




Core Physical Education is compulsory for all students in Key Stage 3 and 4. A broad range of individual and team activities are offered, that encompass the development and refinement of skill and its application in physical activity, as well as providing students with the knowledge and understanding of how to lead a healthy active lifestyle.

The following key processes are essential aspects of lessons;

Making and applying decisions

Students should be able to select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type contexts. Refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances. Plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance. Recognise hazards and make decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others.

Developing physical and mental capacity

Students should be able to develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of different activities. Develop their mental determination and resilience to succeed.

Evaluating and improving

Students should be able to reflect and analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses. Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others and act on these decisions in future performances. Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved.

Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles 
Maths 3Students should be able to identify the types of activity they aresuited to. Identify the types of role they would like to take on. Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.




GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education can be opted for, to start at the beginning of Year 9. The course runs for three years and follows the AQA exam board. Students study GCSE Physical Education for four to five lessons per fortnight over the 3 years. At least one lesson a week will incorporate a practical element.  Unit content covers: Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, use of data, sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, and health, fitness and well-being. The course is assessed through examination at the end of year 11.

A Level PE

A Level PE can be opted, to start at the beginning of year 12 (Key Stage 5). The course runs for two years and follows the OCR exam board. Students study A Level Physical Education for nine lessons per fortnight. Content covers: factors affecting performance, psychological factors affecting performance, socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport, and performance in physical education (practical element) and evaluation and analysis of performance for Improvement (EAPI). The course is assessed through examination at the end of year 13.

Level 3 BTEC Sport

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Sport can be opted, to start at the beginning of year 12 (Key Stage 5). The course runs for two years. Students study Level 3 BTEC Sport for nine lessons per fortnight. Content covers: Anatomy and physiology, the physiology of fitness, fitness testing, fitness training and programming, coaching, sports nutrition, Psychology for Sports Performance and assessing risk in spo

Departmental Facilities.

The Department has the use of the following facilities to support the curriculum:

1 State of the art Sports Hall including; 4 Badminton Courts, 1 Volleyball Court, 1 Basketball Court, Cricket Nets, Indoor 5 a-side Football Pitch
Floodlit Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) including; 2 Netball Courts and 4 Tennis Courts
A 4G Astro-Turf (under construction)sport5
Physical Education Classroom
2 Outside Netball Courts (not floodlit)
1 Rugby Pitch
3 Football Pitches
Fully equipped Fitness Suite
4 Rounders Pitches


Key Stage 3 and Assessment

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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

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Key Stage 4