Aims of department

In PE we want to inspire young people to participate in and enjoy physical activity, and to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood. Our aims falls in line with the 5 key school values. Our Student sports council have given specific sporting examples how each of these are used:

  • PERSEVERANCE – Example: Andy Murray never gave up on his Wimbledon dream.
  • COURAGEOUSNESS – Example: Ellie Simmond –showing what she can do even though she has a disability.
  • HUMILITY – Example: Jessica Ennis taking success in her stride.
  • INTEGRITY – Example: NOT Justin Gatlin beating Usain Bolt in his final race.
  • KINDNESS – Example: Alistair Brownlee – taking his exhausted brother across the finish line.


PE Curriclum

Key Stage 3

All students have 2 x 1 hour PE lessons per week. Students receive 7 blocks (different sporting activities) throughout the year. Each block will be between 8-12 lessons. Students are taught in separate gender groups. There is no firm policy on streaming groups by ability; instead each cohort is looked at for its particular needs. Students have opportunity to learn and compete in invasion, aesthetic, rackets, adventurous/ problem based activities and fitness/ athletic activities


Typical sports studied:

Year 7: Benchmarking, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, football, rugby netball, hockey, athletics, cricket & rounder’s

Year 8: Fitness. / Orienteering, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, football, rugby hockey, netball, athletics, cricket & rounder’s.

Year 9: Fitness. / Orienteering, basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket & rounder’s, trampolining / dance.


Key Stage 4:

All Key Stage 4 students have two hours a week of core PE time (year 10: 1 x 120 minute lesson & year 11: 2 x 60minute lesson). All students will be following the creative curriculum course and all students will have the opportunity to be entered for the Junior sports leadership Award (JSLA).

The Creative Curriculum (Finham’s own course) is a structured, but flexible one year course that the PE department has put together to give students all round knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of sport, as well as having the opportunity of passing the Junior sports Leadership course. The course has the following aims:

  • Have opportunities in new sports.
  • Promote competition and cooperation with others.
  • Opportunity to understand and practice sports leadership
  • Gain knowledge and experience in first aid.
  • Enjoyment of playing sport



This course would suit students who regularly compete in physical activity outside of school. Lessons will consist of one theory (classroom based lessons) and one practical per week. However, as the course goes on students will do more theory than practical lessons. Students will study a variety of different sporting activities as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of key theoretical areas connecting to sports performance. The course is broken down into 60% theory, 30% practical & 10% coursework.


A-Level PE OCR

This subject will allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of physical activity and performance, in relation to your own physical activity and healthy lifestyle, and sport in a wider context. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory to practical performance and develop their potential in a number of activities.

The course looks at the following components:

  • Component One: Physiological factors affecting performance.
  • Component Two: Psychological factors affecting performance.
  • Component Three: Socio-cultural issues in physical education and sport.
  • Component Four: Performance in physical education

BTEC Sport (NEW 2018/2019) – Post 16

The BTEC Extended Certificate is an academic, practical and vocational course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities in addition to a number of externally set tasks and exams. This qualification is suitable for students who would like to study other A-level courses.

The course is made up of 4 units, which cover the broad range of the sports industry. Two of the units are assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of evidence. This evidence is generated through written assignments, presentations or practical demonstrations. Two of the units are assessed externally through an exam and set tasks. Units of study include: Practical Sports Performance Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being.


All students in Years 7-11 will take part in six inter-college sporting events, including ‘Sports day’, which allows students to put into practice what they have learnt in a competitive environment. All students are welcomed to further enhance their sporting competence through an extensive and broad enrichment programme.

The department has in place medium term plans for all sports activities covered. These enable consistent and high quality teaching. (See Results)

Department Staff

Subject Leader Mr Amos
Deputy Subject Leader Mr Stone
Mr Day
Miss Oldfield
Mrs Chester
Mrs Walker
Mr Shepard
PE Technician Miss Roberts