Curriculum Vision

‘Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.’
- John F Kennedy –

Our curriculum is an exciting journey that leads all our students down paths that promote lifelong participation in physical activity. They are challenged by exciting opportunities to access a broad and varied curriculum through different sporting activities, while developing healthy and active lifestyles. In our practical curriculum, students participate in sport and physical activity that both develops their understanding, and encourages their enthusiasm for enjoying sport independently; many will experience the joy of competitive sport beyond the classroom, thus enriching the already rich curriculum we offer.

Knowledge and Skills

We build and develop a wide range of skills in many different activities, including team games, creative activities and individual sports.  These activities embrace the diversity of the needs and choices made by our students. Participation and competence is developed alongside key qualities that include teamwork, etiquette, challenge, independence and empathy. As they move through years 7 to 9, students are encouraged to learn new skills, develop their leadership potential and uphold the values of respect, excellence, equality, determination and inspiration in physical education. The importance of healthy and positive attitudes to exercise underpins all we do, while pushing the students to become independent and motivated by their own personal participation and goals.

Our students are positive and enthusiastic about this subject and participation levels are very high. They thrive while using our excellent facilities and love the range of opportunities both in and out of curricular time. We appreciate that many students love competition and to this end we have many competitive opportunities in a wide range of activities. Attendance at sports clubs is excellent and students travel far and wide to compete in matches and competitions at local, county and national level.

Older students have the opportunity to enjoy the new learning avenues of the exam course with an opportunity to excel in their chosen sporting activities, while understanding the theory that underpins performance, participation and training. The exam course, which is very popular, allows specialism in a huge range of sports, including those not covered in school. Activities include popular options in school like athletics, football badminton and trampolining but also sailing, boxing, equestrianism and cycling. Year 11s also support the department as prefects, helping both during lunchtime and after school with clubs, inter-house events and competitions.


Our school, located in the beautiful hills of the High Peak, encourages students’ love of the outdoors, and many spend time enjoying popular activities including walking, running, horse-riding and cycling. They excel in activities like fell running and mountain biking and participate at school in all weathers. Our students are enthusiastic and confident, and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to continue their exciting journey of participation in physical activity.

You can find our year 7 to 9 curriculum here.
You can find our year 10 and 11 Core PE curriculum here and our GCSE PE curriculum here.

Years 10 and 11 Core PE

All students participate in core PE lessons. In years 10 and 11 an option system operates. Students are offered a variety of activities from which they choose one for that half term or full term block. Over the two years, all students can choose activities covered in the earlier years but also access new sports including volleyball, baseball and spinning. In addition students can access the leisure centre fitness suite and dance studio.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education is offered in years 10 and 11 within the school option programme. It regularly proves to be a very popular and successful course.

Examination Information

Qualification GCSE Physical Education 9-1
Board OCR
Syllabus number J578
Website link
Assessment details 2 Terminal exams 60%
Practical activities 40%
Practical element 3 sports
1 x Analysing and evaluating task
Recommended coursebook None
Recommended revision guides My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) PE 2nd Edition
Sarah Powell
Recommended websites BBC bitesize:

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