Physical Education

The PE department is an energetic and well driven department providing students with many opportunities for involvement in physical activity.  The department has achieved a number of accolades for innovation, excellence and dedication. The Heath school also became a Gold member of the Youth Sports Trust due to its curriculum, collaboration and commitment to creating a lasting Olympic legacy. The department has also achieved Bronze Kite Mark for engaging nearly 30% of students in intra and inter school games.



To continue to engage students the team works alongside a number of agencies to enhance the outcomes for students in PE. For example, we have a Sky Sports ‘Living for sport’ programme which provides a healthy start to their day and includes physical activity and a balanced breakfast.  We also have a cohort of ‘This Girl Can’ students, a Sport England endorsed programme.

Follow the PE department @HEATHPEDEPT on twitter to keep up to date with all the activities.


The ethos of the Physical Education department is based upon our vision, which states  ‘Enjoyment | Engagement | Excellence’. This ethos permeates all aspects of the curricular and extracurricular programme as we strive to provide both stimulating and enjoyable lessons in which every student is able to achieve their full potential.


The department seeks to achieve the following aims in order to deliver high quality provision for all learners.

1.      To motivate and enthuse students so that they enjoy participating in Physical Education and school sport;

2.      To ensure that students understand the role that Physical Education can play as part of a healthy and active lifestyle;

3.      To extend students knowledge and understanding through the delivery of appropriate examination courses and qualifications;

4.      To deliver an extensive extracurricular programme which will enable all students to increase their levels of participation in a range of sports as well as providing numerous competitive activities;


The department delivers a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3 and keys Stage 4.

Physical Education

At KS3 the students have three lessons fortnightly and study a variety from the following units:

·         Outwitting an Opponent
·         Performing at Maximum Levels
·         Accurate Replication
·         Exercising Safely and Effectively

During KS3 these units are delivered through a variety of sports including:

·         Gymnastics
·         Hockey
·         Netball
·         Football
·         Rugby
·         Badminton
·         Tennis
·         Orienteering
·         Aerobics
·         Health Related Exercise
·         Rounders
·         Athletics.
·         Volleyball

During Year 9 the students have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area and create their own pathway in PE that meets their needs and is appropriate for their future aspirations.

Year 7

During the first term at The Heath, Year 7 students undergo a period of assessment where they participate in a range of activities that will challenge their hand eye coordination, how effectively they work within a group, their speed, agility and quickness and health related fitness.  During this phase of assessment, the students are also required to apply their personal learning and thinking skills to a variety of situations.

The Year 7 curriculum also requires students to participate in a broad range of key activity areas.  These include exercising safely and effectively, accurate replication, performing at maximum levels and outwitting opponents.  Each of these key areas is performed through a wide range of activities including tennis, hockey, handball, football, rugby, rounders, baminton, table tennis and netball.

Year 8

In year 8 students continue to participate in the same key activity areas and consolidate their understanding and further improve their competence and performance in a range of skills. Leadership and independent learning is promoted throughout all lessons.

Year 9 (core PE)

During the first term all students participate in a Young Leaders Course.  Students are then offered a pathway of study in accordance with their skills (which are self and teacher assessed).  The pathways include INDIVIDUAL (badminton, table tennis, orienteering and tennis), MIXED (football, handball, table tennis and orienteering) or GAMES (rugby, football, basketball and handball).  All students participate in athletics in preparation for the annual school sports day.

PE Year 7 Curriculum Overview
PE Year 8 Curriculum Overview
PE Year 9 Curriculum Overview


During KS4 there are 2 main pathways CORE PE and GCSE/Btec (option only).

The first is CORE PE which is completed in 3 lessons over 2 weeks. Within this time the students can follow either:

  1. The Heath Sports Leader Course:

This course requires students to undertake a number of practical and written assessments to achieve the award. Students are responsible for the planning and leading to each other and to the local primary schools.

  1. GCSE Practical:

This is for the GCSE option group only and the time is used to give students an opportunity to use external facilities and coaches to enhance their practical marks. The types of activities students are involved with are: ice skating, judo, orienteering, table tennis, personal survival and visiting the gym.

  1. GCSE short course:

This time is used to give students an opportunity to get an accreditation in PE. The students have 1 classroom based lesson and 1 practical lesson.

  1. Health and Wellbeing:

Students also have 1 hour every fortnight to have a CORE activity rotation which has a greater focus on health and well being.

KS4- Examination 2015-2017 GCSE (Edexcel)

This is offered as an option and will be studied over 3 years. The aim of the course is to develop students practical and theoretical understanding.

Unit 3: Written paper- 1 hour 30mins worth 40% of final grade. Covers theory content such as; health and fitness, diet, demands of performance, training methods and principles of training,

Unit 4: Practical assessment- Involves students taking 4 practical sports which makes up 60% of their final grade. Two of the assessments have to be performer and 2 can be obtained from areas such a leader, coaching and officiating.


National Cambridge  Sports Science Level 2 (OCR) 2015 onwards.

The course offers students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance. The Cambridge National Level 2 is a course equivalent in size to a GCSE course and is both internally and externally assessed.

Students complete 4 units of work, 3 are internally assessed pieces of coursework and one external written exam paper (1 hour).

The Heath School provides a breath of enrichment activities for the students to learn beyond the classroom, as we believe that learning doesn’t just stay confined to the classroom.

There is an extensive extra curricular programme which encourages around 30% of our students to attend inter and intra competition each week. The programme is based on both excellence and participation. We have very strong school to club links, with external coaches delivering a number of our after school clubs. The department has achieve Kite Mark Bronze award for their commitment to extra curricular clubs.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Football (all years) Rugby Table tennis Cricket Hockey
Netball (all years) Girls football GCSE revision Rowing/bouldering Badminton


The school also offers practical activities during break time and lunch time via the Yard Shed project.

Spiritual development within PE

  • Past Learning is reflected on at the start of every lesson prior to the learning objectives being given and students show a willingness to reflect on their prior learning.
  • Enrichment activities take place every night offering a wide range of activities for students to get involved in regardless of their ability.
  • Sport education develops students to become independent learners and encourages them to use their creativity and imagination to set up their own drills and warm ups to other members of the class.
  • KS4 students working in a residential care home.
  • Year 9, Y.10 and Y.11 students all have leadership opportunities.
  • Assemblies and reward system based on the theme of the Olympics.
  • D of E – different environments
  • Units of work focusing on team building– Motivation, determination and character building
  • National School Sports Week.


Moral development within PE

  • Good sportsmanship is encouraged throughout lessons, enforcing rules and encouraging students to congratulate the other team when something is carried out well.
  • Rewards events – Sports Personality of The Year Awards Evening, praise postcards regularly sent home
  • Students regularly take part in team activities obeying the rules consistently
  • Students are given responsibility in every lesson for the equipment and the set up of the lesson or the delivery of the warm up to the rest of the group allowing the students the opportunity to take on some ownership for the lesson.
  • Students were rewarded during PE and whole school when they demonstrated a quality from the Olympic reward scheme, ie, determination, excellence.


Social development within PE

  • Students in Y.10 and Y.11 become Young Junior Leaders, hosting and delivering a number of festivals to other feeder Primary schools.
  • Students get the opportunity to take part in a number of enrichment activities in which they compete against a number of other secondary schools in Halton.
  • Students are required to work in pairs, groups for most physical activities within PE.
  • Team work is encouraged in all PE lessons especially during units of outwitting an opponent and problem solving lessons.
  • Y.11 GCSE students gain a qualification in table tennis officiating and officiate during many primary school festivals.
  • The development of the Olympic Ambassadors and their role to help promote and deliver activities during form periods.
  • Rewards events – Sports Awards Evening, praise postcards regularly sent home.


Cultural development within PE

  • The history of sport is covered during theory lessons when referring to sporting examples.
  • National School Sports Week
  • Learning about different countries during Sport Olympic Week and sports day.
  • Olympic Themed gymnastic lessons were students are asked to research a country and read a piece about the different country to the group.
  • The department take part in local/national events in order to raise money for different charities, for example, comic relief, afri twin.
  • Students had the opportunity to go to the paralympic games as a result of a Olympic Reward system at school.


The Heath Olympic Legacy

One of our department aims this school year was to set up The Heaths’ Olympic Legacy and try to sustain it through offering a variety of sporting opportunities for young people to experience and to promote the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. The Heath Olympic Legacy is up and running and going down a storm with the students. Many opportunities have been created for students to get involved in Olympic Activities that they may have never experienced before. Activities ranging from Cycling at the National Cycling Centre, Tubing at the Chill Factor, Judo session  and rowing at Runcorn Rowing Club. Further to this we have recently advertised for Olympic Ambassadors. The successful candidates;

Robbie Stevens

Tom Woods

Jamie Nelson

Rhianna Spears

Charlotte Thornhill

Charlotte Pickering

Caitlin Gibbons

Hannah Shaw

Jack Swanwick

Fran Martin


will be responsible for delivering active form time, promoting Physical Education in and around school and suggesting ways in which we can adapt our curriculum and extra-curricular to engage all students in taking part in some form of Physical Activity, promoting lifelong participation.