Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Year 7 and 8?

Throughout key stage three we aim to give all students a broad and balanced physical education curriculum which covers a wide range of activities and skills. Both team and individual sports are a key feature, as is creative support including gymnastics and trampolining.

With the use of our Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) the PE Department focus on tennis, netball, and football regardless of weather conditions. We also offer rugby league which is provided by coaching from Gateshead Thunder.

The dance studio is a fantastic learning environment for gymnastics, dance, creative arts and fitness lessons. We also have a state of the art fitness suite which is used in lessons to develop student’s knowledge of health and fitness and the body in action.

In our sports hall we offer activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball and handball.

How will I learn?

Throughout Key Stage 3 both boys and girls will have the opportunity to develop their leadership, confidence and communication skills which are transferable to everyday life through practical sessions.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?
  • A good work ethic
  • Teamwork skills
  • Discipline

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?


Why do people take part in sport?

Health Related and Skill Related Fitness.

Effects of exercise on fitness and performance in relation to the following systems:

  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
  • Respiratory
  • Circulatory

Diet and Nutrition and their effects on sporting performance.

Somatotype and relevance to choice of sport.

The Principles of Training.

Pupils will be required to complete a Personal exercise programme over 6 weeks as part of their coursework.



Over the course of the two years all pupils will complete practical modules in the following areas:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball/Netball/Football
  • Trampoline
  • Fitness
  • Rounders
  • Swimming
How will I learn?

Teaching will be both Practical as well as classroom based.  You will be expected to work independently at times as well as working in groups.  Assessment will be a combination of Presentation work, Modular tests and ongoing practical assessment.  A part of your assessment will involve your understanding and application of rules and regulations, including the ability to umpire or referee.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

Level 5 at key stage three is expected.  You will need to arrive to each lesson with the correct kit and equipment (Pens etc) Failure to bring kit to lessons could result in your loosing marks from your final grade. You should be a motivated person who has a keen interest in sport.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

This course can be a starting point to a career in the sporting and leisure industry as well as a prerequisite to further education sporting opportunities.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?
  • promotes fitness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity
  • actively engages students in the process of dance in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances
  • develops physical, technical and expressive skills through which students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers
  • develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles
  • develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts
How will I learn?

The qualification is made up of 3 Units:

  • Dance Skills – developing skills and techniques in two dance styles.
  • Preparation, performance and production – everything you need to consider when putting on a performance
  • Individual showcase – solo choreography and performance
What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

The course provides a solid foundation for further studies in Dance or Performing Arts, including A-level Dance or a career in Performing Arts.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • Actor
  • Community arts worker
  • Dancer
  • Dramatherapist
  • Music therapist
  • Theatre director
  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Further education lecturer
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Theatre stage manager