Physical Education Curriculum


Through the teaching of PE at Haydon Bridge High School we intend to:

  • Offer students a wide variety of opportunities and experiences that support our vision
  • Challenge them both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Focus on improving their fitness, health and well-being through knowledge and application.
  • Develop leadership skills throughout the key stages, expecting students to take on additional roles other than just as a performer.
  • Provide a robust programme of awards, qualifications and memorable learning experiences.
  • Develop physical, technical and tactical sporting skills, enhanced by an embedded focus on mental skills such as resilience, determination and confidence.
  • Ensure all students leave the school possessing the skills, motivation and knowledge to enjoy a lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity.
  • Provide a broad and innovative PE curriculum which enables students to develop their love of movement and sport well beyond their time with us.

Years 9, 10, 11


What will I learn?
During core PE lessons students will develop physical skills, practise making and applying decisions, develop resilience and make informed choices about healthy lifestyles. In core PE there is a strong emphasis on developing the whole person through physical activity.

How will I learn?
Students are taught in single gender and mixed gender groups for activities including: invasion games, net games, striking and fielding games, athletics, cross country, fitness, trampoline, gymnastics and dance. The course also incorporates inter-form sports competitions.

How will I be assessed?
Assessment is continuous throughout the year and takes the form of teacher, peer and self-assessment. Students come together at points throughout the year for whole year assessments such as the 12 minute Cooper Run and the indoor rowing challenge.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Strong performance in core PE leading to healthy lifestyles supports learning in all subject areas and is especially useful in supporting learning in GCSE PE.

Years 12 and 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level Physical Education (H555)

Why study Physical Education?
Physical Education is one of the fastest growing areas of study and links closely to the growth of the Sports Science and Leisure industries. It provides the opportunity to learn and develop both physical and intellectual skills.

What will I learn?
You will study:
● Applied anatomy and physiology
● Exercise physiology
● Biomechanics
● Skill acquisition
● Sports psychology
● Contemporary issues in sport
● Performance or coaching

How will I learn?
Lessons will be classroom based with practical activities embedded to consolidate and apply theoretical knowledge to sporting situations. You will be expected to be training and competing in your assessment sport in a community club.

How will I be assessed?
You will sit two 60 minute and one 120 minute examination. In addition you will be assessed on your practical performance and an oral response based on analysing a live performance.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4, (or equivalent) ideally including English, maths and science. You will also display a strong commitment to sport within and outside school.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Physical Education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries. Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include: teaching, sports management, sports coaching, physiotherapy, nursing.