Physical Education

Aims & Vision

In PE, we want to inspire young people to participate and enjoy physical activity. We want them to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood.
This can be achieved through the following Olympic values:

At Rushey Mead, we want students to enjoy and achieve in Physical Education. The PE faculty passionately strive to develop the best provision for our learners. We aim to provide an environment of excellence where students can achieve their full potential in their academic, physical, creative, personal, moral and spiritual development. We are a caring faculty where students and adults feel they make a positive contribution and are valued as individuals, where students grow into strong leaders and develop a lifelong passion for physical activity. We aim to create a partnership between students and the wider community as a whole, making a positive difference. Students of all ability levels are well equipped to meet the challenges of education, work and life.

The PE Faculty plays a major role in the provision of activities outside normal timetable hours.  We consider this to be an important aspect of the education of the students and an opportunity to further extend and challenge all students. All members of the faculty are involved in delivering extra-curricular activities, and there is an extensive range of activities offered. All students are able to participate in activities planned for their year group. They must complete a ‘desire to participate’ form before they attend clubs.

We value our students’ opinions and we regularly consult with students and offer them the opportunities they desire.


At KS3 we aim to develop skills and techniques that can be applied in different activities. They start to make decisions about their performance and take on different roles such as leader, official and coach. Information technology is now an important aspect of planning, performing and evaluating and students are able to observe themselves via Smart software in order to give and receive instant feedback.

During Year 9 students complete a unit of work on Sports Education which involves them taking on leadership roles such as manager, captain, warm-up coach and drills coach.

There are many extra-curricular opportunities both competitive and aesthetic including Dance, Rounders, Fitness, Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Netball, Dodgeball, Orienteering, Tennis and many others.
Students are assessed on every activity and this is recorded to monitor progress and improve learning.

KEY STAGE 4                                                    


All students have the opportunity to undertake the Rushey Mead Sports Leader Level 1 Award in Year 10. They are assessed on their ability to plan, organise and lead their peers in a variety of sports activities.

We aim to improve the physical literacy and efficiency of all students whilst providing enjoyment. There are opportunities to take various National Governing Body awards and the department aims to enable the majority of students to leave with a sporting certification of some kind.

Pupils partake in several sports over two years including football, netball, tennis, badminton, aerobics, cricket, basketball and dance. In these areas students will be assessed and given a level ranging from 5 to “exceptional performance”.


This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content


What's Assessed How it's Assessed Questions
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Answer all questions.
  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Answer all questions.
  • A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).

  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.


This is a practically-based course which leads to a Level 2 qualification. The students complete a series of assignments and compile a portfolio of evidence to attain a: Pass, Merit or Distinction. They also complete an online assessment which must achieve a minimum of a pass to ensure they achieve the accreditation.
During the Easter school holidays, students are encouraged to attend BTEC catch up classes where they are supported to complete assignments and improve their grades.


Sports Leaders UK:
BTEC Sport – Edexcel:
BTEC Dance – Edexcel:


Mr Acharya – [email protected]