Department of Physical Education

Throughout their time in PE students are exposed to competition, be this within lessons in modified, conditioned games or competing at a national level. The qualities developed from performing against with others are seen as being highly important. All students are expected to represent their house in sport and there are numerous opportunities through intra and inter- school competitions.

Beyond the curriculum, students are challenged to further develop their sporting abilities through national, regional and county competitions and recreational activities. Outside coaches and facilities are used to enhance this provision. In recent years teams and individuals have entered competitions in rugby, football, netball, hockey, basketball, cricket, rounders, tennis, swimming, athletics, cross country, golf, table tennis, climbing and fell running. Whilst not the primary aim of this participation, high levels of success have been achieved by students representing school.

The department is involved heavily with the training of ITT PE specialists and has successfully overseen the progression of numerous trainees into the profession.

The department has historically run many tours and trips to enhance the learning and enjoyment of PE by students. Examples of day trips have included training with England Rugby, spectating at World Cup matches in Netball and Rugby Union and Wimbledon for Tennis. Sports tours are a regular event with Rugby teams having played bi-annually in Canada (U15), Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa (Senior) and netball in Paris, Dubai and Gibraltar, and with Namibia proposed for 2020. Students are regularly hosted by, and host students from other countries and this further enhances their understanding of other cultures and builds friendships across the globe. The skills developed in participating in these ventures, including organisation, financial awareness, leadership, socialisation, self-reliance and resilience help equip students for life beyond school.

Physical Education- Core Curriculum

The range of activities offered in the core PE Curriculum varies from year to year depending upon various factors. The pattern of the programme remains constant however, with students having 2 one hour lessons per week in Years 7, 8 and 9, and one hour per week in Years 10 and 11.


“In Physical Education our goal is to cater for all abilities, enabling all students to make progress across their time in key stages 3, 4 and 5. Be this at foundation or elite level, our focus is to encourage participation in activity beyond Crossley Heath in order to facilitate a healthy active lifestyle.”

Mr N Hale (Department Leader)