Physical Education

Our aim is to ensure that all students leave school as confident individuals who are enabled to choose to lead active, healthy life styles.

In Yrs 7 and 8 all students follow a foundation curriculum encompassing a broad range of activities in games, athletics, dance, gymnastics and orienteering.  Throughout the two years they will be developing their understanding of health and fitness.  Students will be encouraged to meet the national weekly participation targets of 5 hours of physical activity.

In year 9 the curriculum begins to offer a choice of pathways.  Students can choose to follow a performance curriculum or an active life-styles curriculum, with fitness development still central to both.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum continues to allow students to follow their chosen pathway, but with some additional activity options.  There is emphasis on developing leadership qualities within each and the opportunity to complete their Level 1 Leadership Award if they select to follow that route.  There are many events held both at the school and locally for these young leaders to put their skills into action.

For those particularly interested in PE and Sport, we offer GCSE PE additional to their core course.  This provides students with a real opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of particular sports and to develop their ability to analyse and improve performance within them.

We have experienced, well-qualified and very committed teachers.

Our teaching methods and organisation ensure that all individuals are challenged appropriately. There are opportunities for the most able to develop further in all the major games, gym, dance and athletics.

Sport plays a very important part in life at the school. The school has teams in all major sports: rugby, football, netball, hockey, gymnastics, cricket, basketball, tennis and athletics, in all age groups, and has built up an excellent reputation in all of these sports.

Each year we have a number of students who gain representative honours in many sports at North Devon, Devon County and South West Regional level.

As well as the opportunity to play for the School in the major sports, there is also a very strong inter-house tradition. Such activities, organised by the PE Department, provide an opportunity for many students, who may not quite make the School Team, to play in a competitive event. There are competitions held for all age groups in all the main sports, as well as swimming, cross country and athletics.

The department offers a wide range of extra-curriculum/recreational activities in its enrichment programme.  All students are urged to adopt an active life-style, hence the activities range from weight training, boxercise, cycling, aerobics, dance, pilates, badminton and volley ball!  The astro-turf all weather pitch and netball courts are opened at lunchtime for supervised active play including football, netball, cricket and tennis.

The Park Community School has an enviable array of well maintained pitches and sports facilities including a gymnasium, sports hall and weights room. Our full-size, floodlit artificial-turf pitch provides the school and local community with an excellent facility for hockey development. It can be used for other sports and many local soccer clubs use it for training, with the North Devon F.A. Centre of Excellence also a regular user.  Our floodlit netball complex of six courts provides a facility of national standard not only for netball but also for tennis and other activities.

The School Sport Policy


1.             To provide opportunities in all major sports to enable students of all ages to achieve their potential.

2.             To foster a strong competitive, but sporting, attitude when playing.

3.             To develop a desire to play sport at a level where young people can gain enjoyment and greater fitness.

How this is achieved:

1.             By teaching the major sports throughout Years 7 to 11.

2.             By organising inter-house competitions in all age groups in most of the major sports.

3.             By having lunchtime and after-school clubs for further practice and game development.

4.             By arranging a full range of regular inter-school games fixtures.

5.             By encouraging students of outstanding ability to attend trials and coaching for district, county and other higher representative teams.


Curriculum Overview


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

All groups do the following modules (6 – 8 lessons)

Invasion games (football/hockey)

Rugby, Gymnastics, net-wall (short tennis/badminton), Athletics and striking and fielding games (cricket, softball and rounders)



(6 – 8 lessons) Invasion games (football/hockey and basketball

Rugby, Gymnastics, net-wall (tennis/badminton), Athletics and striking and fielding games

(cricket, softball and rounders)



(6 - 8 lessons) in Football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, weight training and gymnastics, handball and fitness.   Rugby is offered to the A band and to any in B band who are keen to do it.


During the key stage, all groups will be taught key P.E. terms which are part of the GCSE P.E. theory syllabus (e.g. fitness components, principles of training, training methods).


KS4 –CORE – students are grouped according to ability/interest

Competitive pathway

Healthy life-style pathway

Boys modules – Football, basketball,

Rugby, volleyball, badminton, softball, cricket, athletics and tennis


Girls modules – Netball, hockey, weights, volleyball, rounders, athletics and tennis.

Boys- table tennis, badminton, dodgeball, softball, athletics, weight training, handball


Girls modules -  Dance-a-cise, body toning, weights, body pump, cheerleading, dance, badminton, power walking

G.C.S.E. P.E. - AQA



60% of overall grade – 2 papers.

There are 7 units to be covered - Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis, Physical Training, Use of Data, Sports Psychology, Socio-Cultural Influences, Health, Fitness & Wellbeing.  

40% of overall grade.

Each student will be assessed on their performance in 3 activities – either 1 individual and 2 team activities or 2 individual and 1 team activity.


Individual Activities:  Athletics, badminton, cycling, dance, golf, diving, gymnastics, equestrian, rock climbing, skiing, snow-boarding, swimming, squash, table tennis and trampolining.


It may be possible to be assessed if the activity is done in a club outside of school.  This must be given as audio-visual evidence and clearly show how the student has met the criteria for that activity. 

Y9 P.E. Option:  This is a theory and practical course which covers some of the GCSE theory topics.  All of the practical work will be applying the theory to develop understanding of the topics.


Topics covered – Health and Fitness, Components of Fitness, Fitness Testing, Principles of Training, Types of Training, Prevention of Injury, Warming Up and Cooling Down, SMART Principles.