Core PE

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 takes up more newspaper inches than Physical Education. No subject 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 at these moments.

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.

Students have 1 lesson a week of core PE. Students decide upon the curriculum they would like to follow from a series of options. All are varied and reflect the changing needs of the students. More emphasis is placed upon competition, for those that want it. Equally, students can decide upon a curriculum that emits competition and focuses on physical activity for a healthy lifestyle.

Course outline:

Option Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
1 Boys Football - OS Boys Football - OS Boys Football - OS Boys Football - OS Choice Activity Choice Activity
2 Girls Football - OS Girls Football - OS Girls Football - OS Girls Football - OS Choice Activity Choice Activity
3 Netball - C Fitness - FR Trampolining - SH Netball - C Choice Activity Choice Activity
4 Badminton - SH Trampolining - SH Fitness - OG Table Tennis - OG Choice Activity Choice Activity
5 Basketball - OG Table Tennis - OG Fitness - FR Badminton - SH Choice Activity Choice Activity






Year 7 - The Fundamentals

Principles of invasion games

- Football
- Netball
- Rugby

Girls swimming

Sports Leadership
Outwitting an opponent
Table Tennis


Principles of Athetics

Striking and fielding
- Cricket
- Rounders
- Summer ball games

Year 8 - Performance in Sport


Sports Leadership
Table Tennis

Striking and fielding
- cricket
- rounders
- softball
- tennis

Year 9 - Evaluating and Improving

Gymnastics - vaulting
Health and Exercise

Table Tennis

Striking and fielding
- cricket
- rounders
- volleyball

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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