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Physical Education
Department Aims
Physical Education develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

At Shirley high we offer a an extensive and high-quality PE curriculum that enables students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles.

PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
Department Staff
Mr. K. Powders - Head of Department
Ms. V. Hewlett - Head of Girls
Mr. J. Rayner – PE Teacher
Ms. K Wallace – PE Teacher/Deputy Head of 6th Form
Mrs. L Manning – PE Teacher (Head of Year 8)
Mr. S. Hurst - PE Teacher (Vice Principal)
Ms M Francis – PE Teacher (Senior Vice Principal)
Key Stage 3 Information
The PE Curriculum at KS3 covers Years 7, 8 & 9 students and covers the following areas:

Outwitting opponents, as in games activities; accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities; performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities; identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as inoutdoor activities (Orienteering) and exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

During the key stage students are offered the following opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body; experience a range of roles within a physical activity; specialise in specific activities and roles; follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school; perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions ; use ICT as an aid to improving performance and tracking progress; Programmes of study last for a Half- term, students are assessed in each activity and are given a Level of attainment which is recorded on their performance Profile and displayed in the dept.
Key Stage 4 Information
Core Physical Education is compulsory for all students at KS4 and builds on the key concepts of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. This enables students to further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills previously learnt at KS3.


GCSE PE is an opportunity for students to develop their skills and be awarded formal recognition of this ability at GCSE level. The course is taught in modules with an equal amount of time divided between theory and practical. The course will provide a wider understanding of Physical Education and Sport, further increasing interest and enjoyment.

Career Possibilities

The course has tremendous scope for achievement, fun and learning. It will benefit all students especially those who wish to go into the fields of: sports management; coaching; teaching; leisure development; physiotherapy.

Requirements for Student Success

The course is aimed at students who enjoy Physical Education and wish to develop their skills. It requires a commitment to active participation in the lesson. Practice in leisure time is also important. Homework is a vital part of the course; this takes three forms - notes or work from a lesson, project work and participation in clubs/activities.

Aims of the Course
  • To encourage the acquisition of physical skills in several activities.
  • To develop the ability to meet and cope with a variety of challenges in team games, pair activities, and individual activities.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the theory of practical activities.
  • To encourage an active and informed knowledge of the organization of local, national and international sport.
  • To develop an understanding of the role and status of physical education and sport within society.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the human body relating to fitness training; performance; health; sports injuries; first aid and skill acquisition.
Structure of the Course

Approximately 60% of the time is spent on practical activities, 40% on theory. Students will have the opportunity to choose from different sports, so most teaching will be mixed ability.

Content of the Course

Students will participate in activity sessions selected from hockey; rugby; netball; football; basketball; cricket; volleyball; badminton; tennis; athletics; softball; gymnastics and trampolining; table-tennis; swimming; golf; cross country; kayaking and rock climbing.

Unit 4: The Active Participant

Controlled assessment
60% of the total marks
Four assessments:
• from at least two groups/ways of thinking
• at least two performances must be as Player/Performer

Main Practical Activities used in Assessment:

Outwitting opponents: Invasion Games: Soccer; Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Net Games: Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball Strike and Fielding Games: Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Golf.

Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences: Artistic gym (floor and vaulting), trampolining, compositional gymnastics .

Performing at maximum levels: Track and Field Athletics; Cross Country Running

Identifying and solving problems; Rock climbing; kayaking; Orienteering; Windsurfing and Sailing, Life-Saving; Personal Survival

Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being; Fitness

Exploring and communicating ideas; dance activities.

Other sports can be offered for assessment if the student regularly practices outside school and are listed in the syllabus.

Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for ‘The Active Participant’
External assessment – Written Paper
40% of the total marks
• Multiple choice
• Short answer questions
• Extended answers based on a scenario issued prior to the examination

Skills Covered In The Course
  • Academic skills
  • Research skills
  • Physical skills
  • Team skills
  • Study Skills
Any other information
For information regarding after school club trials, fixtures and results please follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/shirleyHighPE
PE Newsletters
- Newsletter 1 2011
- Newsletter 2 2012

PE Photo Galleries:
Please click here to go to the Photo Gallery section of our website.

GCSE PE Theory and Practical Criteria
- GCSE Specification
- AQA GCSE Theory Criteria

Gifted & Talented Student List
- Gifted & Talented Policy
- Gifted & Talented PE Students 2015-16

Fixtures & Results
- 2010-2011 Season
- 2011-2012 Season
- 2012-2013 Season
- 2013-2014 Season
- 2014-2015 Season

Club Links


Old Whitgiftians Rugby Club
- Full Details
- Club website


Croydon Harriers Athletic Club
- Full Details
- Club website


Croydon Netball Club
- Club Website

Hillcrest Netball Club
- Club Website
@ Warlingham Rugby Club

Chequers Netball Club
- Club Website
@ Woodcote High School

HS Netball Club
- Club Website
@ Croydon High School

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