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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All


Mr B Wood
Head of PE
The Physical Education department at The King’s School strives to provide a high quality physical education experience for our students. This is achieved through a strong curriculum, which is broad and balanced, valued and understood by students with relevant, progressive, clear pathways through all key stages.

The department is successful in providing an environment where students value and enjoy PE and achieve their individual potential. Students are taught well and are given high quality experiences that make students feel confident in a physical setting.

At present the school offers a wide range of lunch-time and after-school sports clubs in 75 activities. This continues to develop as we seek to provide the very best provision for every student. All students are encouraged to develop their skills by attending one or more of these clubs and gain representative honours by playing for a school team. Sport is at the heart of the thriving House system and all students will represent their house in at least one activity.

Additional programmes such as sports leadership and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme enrich the personal development of students and provide opportunities and a focus for developing leadership skills.

KS 3

The King’s School gives the opportunity for all children to achieve personal excellence in particular activity areas. We are offering a diverse programme within the curriculum to enable all students to foster a healthy lifestyle and develop a positive attitude towards fitness for life.

Years 7-9

All students follow a range of activities during Years 7 - 9 from the games, athletics and aesthetic curriculum areas. We will build on skills learnt in the primary schools, teach a range of new skills and also give the students the opportunity to refine more complex movements and sequences. Within activities, students will experience a variety of roles and be helped to plan, perform and appraise sequences of movement created by themselves and others.

All students are made aware of sportsmanship, fair play and the importance of team work. Students are also made fully aware of the safety requirements of each activity and the necessity for safe practice at all times. They will be shown how to prepare for particular activities and how to recover afterwards; the value of exercise in establishing and maintaining health and how to continue with a variety of sporting activities in local clubs within the community.

All students in Year 8 follow a leadership unit where they develop skills of communication, organisation, responsibility and safety awareness. Students under-go continual assessment in all these areas.

KS 4

Core PE:

We continue to offer a wide and varied range of activities at Key Stage 4.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills and improve performance.  They will take part in high quality physical activities and are encouraged to choose from a range of traditional PE activities.  There is also the opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience from a wider range of activities.


The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education.  It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different sports and physical activities.

You will:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport to improve performance.
  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance.
  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.
  • Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement

Course summary:

  • Unit 1: Fitness and Body Systems (Exam: 1hr 15 mins 30%)
  • Unit 2: Socio-cultural influences, and well-being in physical activity and sport (Exam: 1hr 15 mins 30%)
  • Unit 3: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (40%) 

KS 5

A Level Physical Education is for anyone who enjoys both practical performance and developing their knowledge of theoretical concepts in sport.  Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the world of sport and PE with the chance to perform, or coach, a sport and explore the ‘how and why’ of physical activity and sport.  This qualification provides a fantastic base  from which to build on when moving onto higher education, employment or further training.

Course summary:

  • Unit 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (Exam: 2hrs 35%)
  • Unit 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (Exam: 2hrs 35%)
  • Unit 3: Practical performance, skills performed as a player, performer or coach (15%)
  • Unit 4: Performance analysis assessment (15%)