Our Physical Education curriculum aims to inspire all of our students to succeed in a broad range of sporting activities. We believe that developing confidence and enjoyment is key in us achieving our goal of life-long participation in physical activity.

We believe it is vital that our students understand the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and we explicitly teach the knowledge needed to apply this to their daily routine. Therefore, our curriculum provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.

Our curriculum aims at developing the school values such as resilience and respect, and we expect students to show these values, not only in PE lessons, but in the wider community.

Our curriculum is rigorous, with progressive challenge built in at Key Stage 3, in preparation for Key Stage 4. To achieve progressive challenge our curriculum is designed with a clear sequence of skills, and introduces factors that underpin performance throughout.

Curriculum overview


Key Theme

Factors Underpinning Performance

Year 7

Skill development to succeed

Musculoskeletal system, warm-ups, cool downs

Year 8

Select and apply tactics to succeed

Health and fitness: Benefits & consequences

Year 9

Making appropriate decisions to succeed

Heart Rate, fitness components, effects of exercise

Years 10 & 11

Life-long participation in activity

Training: Zones, methods & principles

Students learning will be assessed by:

Year 7 - Skill development to succeed

Year 8 - Select and apply tactics to succeed

Year 9 - Making appropriate decisions to succeed

Years 10 & 11 - Life-long participation in activity

Alongside these students will be assessed on their character through the approach to learning & behaviour rating on the progress reports.

The school values: Respect, Honesty, Happiness, Resilience, Positivity, Confidence will be recognised throughout lessons and students will be rewarded if they consistently show these in lessons.

Please see the Full assessment criteria on the website.

KS4 Students will take part in core PE lessons, once a fortnight. Students will follow a specific pathway increasing their knowledge and understanding of life-long participation in physical activity.

GCSE Physical Education

Course Leader: Mr Myhill

Contact Email: rmyhill@tgschool.net

Examination Board: AQA

Assessment: 40% practical assessment (30% performance in 3 activities & 10% analysis & evaluation) and 60% examination

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?
Year on year, the sport industry shows continued growth in employment and forecasts suggest this trend will continue. This comes from increased knowledge and understanding of the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity. You will explore how all the body systems work together to produce movements and perform to the desired level. You will delve into sponsorship, commercialisation and media within sport. If you are interested in all the PE and sports domain this course is for you.

What does the course involve?
The Physical Education course has a practical (40%) and a theoretical component (60%).

Theory Component
In the theoretical component students will study the following topics: applied anatomy and physiology, including the skeletal, muscular, cardio-respiratory systems, movement analysis including levers and planes of movement. They will also study physical training including components of fitness and methods/ principles of training. Sports psychology is also taught including skill classification, information processing and feedback. Socio-cultural influences and how this affects performance and participation as well as health, fitness and well-being and the use of data.

Practical Component
In the practical component students will be assessed in three physical activities as a player or performer. Students will be assessed in one individual activity, one team activity and the third activity either a team or individual activity. Students would benefit hugely from playing school sports or taking part in sports activities outside school.

Differences from Year 9
The course has three lessons a fortnight. Students will have 1 theory lesson per week and 1 practical lesson a fortnight  throughout Year 10 and 11. The majority of the theory lessons are based in a classroom. Students will also use core PE lessons to be assessed in their practical activities.  Assignments and exams are also completed within this subject.

Skills developed

As well as your sporting skills, communication and teamwork will be essential skills developed. Through your activities you will also refine your analysis and evaluation skills as you reflect on performance. Your ability to work independently will be developed also.

Studying Physical Education in the Sixth Form

Students can continue to study BTEC Sport here at Thomas Gainsborough School.

Extra Curricular

A wide range of sport related extra curricular activities are available after school.

Department Staff

Mr K Alexander (KAL) Director of Sixth Form Contact
Mr C Appleford (CAP) Deputy Headteacher Contact
Miss K Benn (KBE) Teacher of Girls PE/Dance Contact
Mrs L Dalton (LDA) School Games Organiser / Sports Coach Contact
Miss G Forster (GFO) Assistant Headteacher, Communications Contact
Mrs Z McKane (ZMC) Teacher of PE Contact
Mr R Myhill (RMY) Head of PE Contact
Mr W Ponsford (WPO) Head of Peyton House Contact
Mr B Richards (BRI) Head of Tollemache House Contact
Mrs K Thomas (KTH) Teacher of PE Contact