The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have - Vince Lombardi

Our Philosophy

“We believe that all students should be participating in high quality, inclusive and enjoyable Physical Education.  The curriculum is designed to engage all students and to introduce them to a broad range of physical competences.  Our goal is to ensure that every student leaves with a love of physical activity and the necessary skills to engage in lifelong participation.

“We aim to encourage and nurture leadership skills through all of our lessons with opportunities for extended learning in our highly successful Gifted & Talented Leadership Programme.”

There is no other subject that grips the human imagination like Physical Education. No subject that takes up more newspaper inches than Physical Education. No subject that brings more people together in celebration and despair. Think of an Ashes tour, a World Cup, a Wimbledon final, the Olympic heats; nothing else matters for these moments in time.

PE is the study of all the fundamental skills behind these glorious occasions. It is a study of the motor skills that make up each movement, an analysis of the tactics and strategies employed to outwit opponents, an insight into the mind of a sports performer before and during competition and a case study of all the elements that make up a healthy lifestyle, from diet to rest and recovery.

From the practical side, in key stage 3, to the theoretical in key stage 4 and 5, students will be given the skills to participate in sport and physical activity throughout their lifetimes. They will have opportunity to compete against each other and against other schools, to celebrate each other’s successes and learn from their failures. They will discover a whole world of sports and physical activity, from the traditional to the modern.

Exam board Edexcel

Entry requirements
C in Science

A level PE is a continuation of GCSE PE, with an in-depth look at all things in sport. Sport and society are studied with the effects of sedentary lifestyles, ageing populations and sport through history prominent in the studies. Students learn about the different body systems and how exercise affects them in the short and long term. They also delve into sports psychology and the different approaches to achieving sporting excellence in key countries around the world.

The course is 50% coursework and 50% exam. Students are expected to be independent learners and to use research to further develop their knowledge and understanding.





Year 12

The development of active leisure and recreation.
Healthy lifestyle.
The development of competitive sport.
Performance pathways.
The critical sports performer – coursework.

Effects of exercise – responses and adaptations of the body systems.
Fitness training.
Lifelong involvement.
The critical sports performer – coursework



Year 13

Short-term physio-logical preparation.
Short-term psychological preparation.
Short-term technical preparation.
Fatigue and the recovery process.
The developing sports performer – coursework.

Long-term physiological preparation.
Long-term psychological preparation.
Long-term technical preparation.
Centres of excellence.
Technical support.
The developing sports performer – coursework.


Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to complete level 3 qualifications and then progress to college or University courses. There is a vast range of careers that students can enter, these include sports/fitness trainer, physiotherapy, PE teacher, sports therapist, sports journalism, sports coach and notational analysis.

The lessons provide an opportunity for students to learn about and adopt healthier lifestyles.

Useful links


Mr Edward Welch, Head of PE,
Twitter – Hendon_pe

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