Physical Education

The Cressex PE department offers a high-quality physical education curriculum that seeks to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities are provided to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Key Stage 3

Throughout the Key Stage, students participate in a number of foundation sports and are also guided through either an Individual or Team Sports pathway, in order to stretch their personal area of strength. Activities include:

Students also take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges, such as:  

In all activities, students are encouraged to analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Key Stage 4

Core PE

At Key Stage 4, all students are entered for the OCR Entry Level in Physical Education. The aims of this course are similar to that of Key Stage 3, however more of a focus is placed on the application of skills in game/competition situations and also analysing performance. Across the two years, students are assessed on their practical performance in four sports and a written/oral analysis of performance task.

In addition, the PE department place an emphasis on ‘a love of sport’, in order to drive Sport England’s aim: ‘Create a sporting habit for life.’ This is achieved by giving students option choices throughout the year and offering activities that students are likely to participate in once they have left school. These activities include: Aerobics, All-girls Fitness, Circuit Training, Dance, Dodgeball, 5 a-side Football, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Vaulting, Volleyball, Weight Training,

In Year 10, students are also given the opportunity to follow the Sports Leaders Award Level 1. The course is a nationally recognised qualification which aims to develop the leadership skills of the students. Across the year, students will develop communication, organisation, planning and delivery and time management skills in order to become an effective sports leader. Students are assessed using various theoretical and practical methods, culminating in an observed session.


The department follows the AQA specification for GCSE Physical Education. The course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity. This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in sport and exercise related career opportunities.

Students will also learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

The course is assessed both practically (60% of final mark), with performance graded in 4 sports, and theoretically (40% of final mark) in a 1hour 30 min written examination.

In Year 10 students attend two practical lessons focusing on individual skills and techniques, and also how they are applied within the game/competition. Students will also attend one theory lesson in order to develop the knowledge and understanding of the course content.

In Year 11 the course is organised so that students attend one practical lesson and 2 theory lessons.