Physical Education

Key Stage 3

The Cressex PE department offers a high quality physical education curriculum that seeks to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities are provided to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Throughout the Key Stage, students participate in a number of individual and team sports. The intention is to ensure students become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and activities. Activities include:

Athletics (indoor and outdoor), Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Exercise, Handball, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball, Orienteering & Problem Solving, Rounders, Short Tennis, Table Tennis, Tennis, Team Building and Trampolining.

Regardless of the activity, the PE department use the National Curriculum for Physical Education key aims as the foci for each lesson and unit of work:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in face-to face competition through team and individual games
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • Perform dances using advanced movement patterns 
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present mental and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Compare their performances with previous ones to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Key Stage 4

Core PE

At Key Stage 4, all students follow the National Curriculum for Physical Education. This expands on that of Key Stage 3 by providing increasingly complex and demanding activities. The key foci is on performing, promoting healthy and active lives, and developing personal fitness. For students wishing to become more specialist or an elite performer in chosen sports, are entered for the OCR Entry Level in Physical Education. In this option, emphasis is placed on the application of skills in game/competition situations and also analysing performance. Across the two years, students are assessed on their practical performance in three sports with a written/oral analysis of performance task on one of these.

In addition, the PE department place an emphasis on ‘a love of sport’, in order to drive Sport England’s aim: ‘Create a sporting habit for life.’ This is achieved by giving students option choices throughout the year and offering activities that students are likely to participate in once they have left school. These activities include: Aerobics, All-girls Fitness, Circuit Training, Dance, Dodgeball, 5 a-side Football, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Vaulting, Volleyball, Weight Training.


The department currently follow the OCR specification for GCSE Physical Education. The course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of sports performance; how and why the body works in physical activity, how to improve your performance, ethical issues in sport including drug use and the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.

The course is assessed both practically (30% of final mark), with performance graded in 3 sports, and theoretically (60% of final mark) in 2 x 60 min written examinations. Additionally, students will also carry out a project where they analyse their performance and fitness in a chosen activity, plan and implement an action plan in order to improve (10% of final mark).

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students will attend 1 practical lesson focusing on individual skills and techniques, and also how they are applied within the game/competition. Students will also attend 2 theoretical lessons in order to develop the knowledge and understanding of the course content.

This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in sport and exercise related career opportunities.

Cambridge National Sports Studies

The department added the OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies course in September 2018 in order to stretch the students who wish to focus more on the Sports Industry. The Certificate gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. By completing the four units of equal importance, students will:

  • Explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport
  • Develop skills, techniques and use of tactics/ strategies in both an individual and a team sporting activity, as well as their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity.
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader and plan, deliver and review safe and effective sporting activity sessions themselves.
  • Identify a number of careers within the sports industry, how to gain access to these, the wider context of the role they play, and the development paths within them.

The course is assessed both practically and theoretically, with internal and external assessment. The course consists of one examination unit R051 Contemporary Issues.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students will attend 2 lessons focusing on the application of skills in a sporting context, as well as developing the knowledge and understanding of the course content in their coursework/ examination.

This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in sports industry and careers within this sector.