Physical Education

Physical Education within St Bede’s is a valued subject which offers a broad and balanced curriculum that contributes positively to the physical, mental and social development of the individual. Students are given plentiful opportunity to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones both in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 3

Students undertake a broad and balanced programme of PE across Years 7, 8 and 9. They acquire and develop skills in a variety of games, athletics, outdoor education, gymnastics and dance.

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of health and fitness by designing and carrying out their own warm-ups and cool-downs and identifying the fitness components that are important for each activity area. All students have the opportunity to construct their own personal exercise plan for use in the Fitness Suite.

Key Stage 4

Core Physical Education is a non-examination course designed to engage students in active participation and educate them about the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. Integral aspects of this course include fitness and health, sport for leisure and where appropriate sports accreditation.

As an optional extra GCSE PE can be chosen in addition to the core PE programme. The programme of study for both courses are designed to complement each other by consolidating learning and offering students the opportunity to develop their talents even further.


We currently study the OCR GCSE (9-1) PE course and this course aims to develop knowledge and understanding through practical application and encourages a holistic understanding of PE. There is a clear and accessible assessment process for all students which nurtures the skills and knowledge for further progression of study.

The marks are awarded as follows;


  • Component 1 – Physical Factors Affecting Performance – 1hr written exam (30%)
  • Component 2 – Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Pyschology1hr written exam (30%)
  • Component 3 – Practical Performance – 3 Activities Externally Moderated (30%)
  • 1 Team Activity
  • 1 Individual Activity
  • 1 Team or Individual Activity
  • Component 4 – Analysing and Evaluating Performance – Externally Moderated (10%)


PE Facilities

Sports Hall Dance Studio Four Netball Courts
Gymnasium Large Playing Fields 1 MUGA
3G Astro-turf Pitch Fitness Suite


PE Extra-Curricular

Extra-curricular activities seek to underpin, extend and enrich curricular learning enabling St Bede’s students to benefit from an extensive extra-curricular programme. Opportunities to compete in sport are plentiful and help build character and embed values of fairness and respect.

Netball   Table Tennis
Hockey   Cross Country
Football   Volleyball
Cricket   Fitness
Basketball   Tennis
Athletics   Street dance/ Showcase dance
Badminton   Duke of Edinburgh Award