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Physical Education

The Physical Education Department consists of eleven dedicated members of staff, ten of which are fully qualified teachers who are committed to the sporting development of all students. 

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students receive four hours of high quality PE over a two week cycle. The PE curriculum is extremely broad & diverse with students studying traditional Games activities, as well as, Gymnastics, Dance, and Athletics. In Year 7, students are taught in single gender and mixed ability groups. Whilst in Years 8 and 9 groups are organised by ability. Assessments are also carried out for each activity studied.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage Four, students still receive four hours of high quality PE over a two week cycle The curriculum is again broad and diverse, expanding on knowledge and skills learnt in KS3 focusing on Games, Dance and Athletics. The department is continually striving to offer a range of new and different activities in order to maximise participation and enjoyment. Physical Education can provide a valuable release from the increasing pressures and demands of examinations and coursework.

Click here to see our Core PE Curriculum Plan for both KS3 & KS4.


Examination courses are a key feature in the department. AQA GCSE PE is offered as a Key Stage 4 option and attracts a significant number of students. Students are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations. Students receive three theory lessons, one practical lesson and one application lesson.

Please see updated timetable from curriculum overview to see when the application lessons are. Please also see the Year 10 outline and Year 11 outline. 

The specification contains the theory content of the course and also the necessary criteria for the practical side of the course.

Revision and Support

The department offers a wide range of revision and support both in and out of lesson time. In order to assist our students studying GCSE the department have created a way for students to succeed in the subject known as PAS in PE.

Prepare: The first step of PAS is for students to prepare for the subject. This included students focusing on revision techniques and focuses on the how individuals best develop their revision techniques. During the course students are encouraged to use resources such as Quizlet and GCSE Pod. Links below.

  1. Quizlet (online revision tool) https://quizlet.com/login  
  1. GCSE PE podcasts https://www.gcsepod.com/gcsepod_content/pe/
  1. Topic on a Page- Students keep these in revision files.
  2. Recommended revision guide for GCSE PE


Apply: The next step of PAS is for students to Apply what they have learnt. In the application lesson, students use the theoretical knowledge learnt, to answer exam questions, focusing on how to answer particular questions and examine how questions are asked. This is all to help students with the two exams they sit for the course.


Succeed: The final step is succeed. This includes analysis of progress and intervention strategies when required.


OCR Sports Science

OCR Sports Science Specification

The specification contains information regarding the course content; the compulsory units we have to deliver and the optional units which we can choose two from. 

The units we have chosen as a school are:

R041 - Reducing the risk of sports injury (25%) - EXAM - COMPULSORY

R042 - Applying principles of training (25%) - COURSEWORK - COMPULSORY

R045 - Sports Nutrition (25%) - COURSEWORK

R046 - Technology in sport (25%) - COURSEWORK

Students will study the course from Year 10 over two years, with five hours of lessons over a two week timetable. The lessons are made up of two hours of practical and three hours of theory. Students will learn specification content in lessons and then will be given an assignment brief to work from in order to complete their coursework. 


The department has a clear and simple policy regarding the wearing of suitable PE kit. There are two sections to the policy. Please click on the links below to see both sections in detail.

Click here to see Kit Policy 1.
Click here to see Kit Policy 2.

After School Clubs

Extra-curricular provision is a major strength of the school. A significant number of students represent the school in a wide range of sports, playing against other schools both locally and regionally. Teams are represented in football (girls and boys), basketball (girls and boys), rugby union (girls and boys), netball, Badminton, rounders, cricket, and athletics. An increasing number of students perform at a very high level in their chosen sports; some participate at national level. Other activities are offered on a recreational level; these include fitness, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. 

A large number of students are now actively involved in Sports Leadership. As part of the Coaching, Leadership and Enterprise Academy, students deliver after school sports sessions in our local primary schools. Students develop a wide range of skills through leadership that they can use later in life, including communication, organisation, awareness of health and safety, fair play, etc. Students can gain qualifications in Sports Leadership as the department delivers the nationally recognised Sports Leaders UK courses in both sport, and dance.

The department organises a range of inter-house competitions where students can represent their house in a range of sporting activities. Our biggest house competitions are our annual sports days, where we use both the schools facilities and Princess Marys running track in Liversedge, to host a highly competitive athletics event.

The school has been actively involved in the RFU All Schools programme for the last five years and as a result the numbers of students, both boys and girls, playing rugby union has increased dramatically. Our relationship with Cleckheaton RUFC continues to be strong.

New for 2017/18 is the VIBE Rugby Player Development Pathway.

The school with the support of the Rugby Football Union and Cleckheaton RFU is offering a pathway that looks at developing students around all aspects of rugby. The pathway will offer the students the chance to not only develop as rugby players but also as leader’s and referee’s, gaining qualifications in both of these other areas. This pathway is open to Year 8 students who have to apply and go through an interview process to be accepted on the course.


The department holds an Annual Sports Presentation Evening where the sporting success of the students is celebrated. This is always a very successful evening and the department invites ex students who have become professional sportsmen and women to present the awards.




In addition to the vast extra-curricular sports/dance programme, the Department also organises trips to a variety of events.

For example : Football (Manchester United), Rugby Union (Sale Sharks), Cricket (Yorkshire CCC), National Cycling Centre (taster sessions on Velodrome, BMX and MTB tracks), Football/Netball Tours (Barcelona). Ski/Snowboard (East Coast America)