Physical Education

Staff within the Department


Kirstie Rowlands – Head of Department

MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Amanda Petrie – PE Teacher and Assistant Head

BA Honours with QTS in Physical Education with English and Secondary Education

Lucy Keeler – PE Teacher and Head of Year 11

BA Honours with ITT in Secondary Education (Physical Education)

Katherine Wilson – PE Teacher and Head of Year 8

BA Honours Sport and Physical Education

Rebecca Gibson – PE Teacher

BSc Honours Sports and Health Science

Kasey Stanaway – PE Teacher

BA Honours Physical Education and Health

As a department we are committed to delivering a diverse range of extra-curricular activities and we are focused on giving every child the opportunity to achieve within PE. This includes supporting children through both competitive and non-competitive activities and ensuring that all lessons taught fulfil the ten qualities of high quality Physical Education. We want the girls to both enjoy our PE lessons and to fulfil their full potential in the subject.



In years 7, 8 and 9 all students have 2 double lessons of PE a week, each lesson is 75 minutes. All activities are completed on a rotational basis to allow students to participate in a broad and balanced range of activities. Each activity lasts for 3 weeks to ensure that all activities are covered by the end of spring term and summer term. Students are assessed in each activity area and given a assessment grade at the end of each 3 week block. This grade is recorded in their planners and used for the purpose of their school report.


Autumn and Spring Term

Summer Term

Years 7 & 8

Gymnastics, Dance, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Health Related Fitness, Core Skills, OAA, Badminton, Table Tennis

Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders

Year 9

 Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Health Related Fitness, OAA, Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Aerobics, Trampolining

Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders


Enrichment activities to do at home

We always encourage students to participate in any physical activity in their own time. Most skills learnt and developed are transferable from one sport to another. Any activity that improves or maintains general fitness levels or improves knowledge and understanding will support students’ progress within lessons. We suggest that KS3 students focus on the following activities:

  • Follow a sport of their choice for a 6 week period to improve knowledge of the rules, regulations and positions.
  • Walk at least half the distance to or from school.
  • Attempt to run for at least 3 minutes every other day without stopping.


At KS4 students are able to choose PE as one of their options. We offer Level 1/2 BTEC Certificate in Sport where students receive 2 double lessons a week. In addition to this, all students in Years 10 and 11 have 1 double games lesson a week. During this time we offer students access to a variety of exam and vocational courses for them to have the opportunity to achieve a qualification within core PE.

BTEC Sport

As part of our PE option block at KS4 we offer Level 1/2 BTEC Certificate in Sport worth 2 GCSEs. Throughout year 9, 10 and 11 students have to complete 8 units, 2 of which are external exams (Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Anatomy and physiology for Sports Performance) and 1 internal core unit (Practical Sports Performance). The remainder internal units can be chosen from the list below to best suit the interests of the class.

Sports Leaders

In year 10 we offer students the opportunity to complete their Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership. Throughout the year students develop their leadership skills, which can be applied to a variety of sports or recreational situations. The course consists of 2 units through which the students are continuously assessed. They also have to complete a one hour demonstration of leadership. We have great links with outside organisations and the students have a numerous opportunities to develop their coaching and umpiring skills, and put these into practice in real life situations.

GCSE Short Course PE (Years 10-11)

GCSE short course PE is an option we have introduced to provide our students with the opportunity to achieve a GCSE grade in their core games lesson. The course is 60% practical which consists of 2 practical sports, a personal exercise plan and an analysis of performance. The final 40% is theory based and the students will have to sit an hour paper in the summer term of Year 11.

ASDAN (Years 10-11)

In KS4 we offer students the opportunity to complete ASDAN Sport and Fitness Award. The aim of this award is to help the students develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills through different sport and fitness activities and their study. Throughout year 10 and 11 the students complete a total of 6 units of work, which are all internally moderated. The units cover different aspects such as sport skills, fitness and coaching and officiating


GCSE Edexcel:

Sports Leaders:

Enrichment activities to do at home

Into KS4 we continue to encourage students to be physically active outside of school in any activity that they enjoy. Regular participation is essential to adopting a healthy, active lifestyle which can play a vital role during their exam period. To make further progress in PE we would encourage KS4 students to focus on some of the following activities in their own time:

  • Follow a sport of their choice for a 6 week period to improve knowledge of the rules, regulations, positions, competition statics and ideal training methods linked to chosen sport. For GCSE students it is recommended that they focus on the sport they will complete their analysis of performance in.
  • Walk at least half the distance to or from school.
  • Attempt to run for at least 5 minutes every other day without stopping.


At KS5 students are able to complete BTEC Level 3 in Sport. In Year 12 we deliver the Certificate in Sport with the option to continue into Year 13 to complete further units to gain the Subsidiary Diploma in Sport. An assessment grade of pass, merit or distinction will be awarded for each assignment and go towards deciding their overall grade at the end of each year.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Students will need to complete three mandatory units (Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness and Assessing Risk in Sport) and one optional unit to provide a total of 30 credits.

Year 13

In addition to completing the Certificate in Year 12 students need to complete a further mandatory unit (can be chosen from Sports Nutrition, Fitness Training and Programming, The Athlete’s Lifestyle or Psychology for Sports Performance) plus optional units to provide a total of 60 credits across Year 12 and 13.



Enrichment activities to do at home

At KS5 it is essential that students have a broad knowledge of various sports and physical activities. This will enable them to use a variety of sporting examples to support the physiological and psychological aspects of sport and exercise. Providing current sporting examples is often part of the grading criteria for achieving a merit or distinction in many assignments. To ensure students have a broad knowledge of different sports we suggest they focus on the following task in their own time:

  • To read at least 2 newspaper articles on a different sport each week.
  • Try to watch all or part of a sporting competition each week, either live or via the internet.
  • Participate in a sport or physical activity or their choice at least once a week to become aware of the effects of different types of exercise on the body


The EWS Physical Education department prides itself on the extra-curricular program that it offers, having recently achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Bronze Award for the level, amount and variety of competition that we have entered the girls into.

Across the school year, students will have the opportunity to take part in up to 20 different sporting activities before school, at lunchtime and after school.

These activities include the traditional activities such as Netball and Football, along with less traditional activities such as Boccia, Kurling and Golf.

There is the option for both competitive and non-competitive activities

Extra-curricular clubs run at lunchtimes and after school throughout the year. We enter competitively into the following sports; gymnastics, trampolining, netball, basketball, football, athletics, rounders and cross country.







Table tennis







Cross Country


Career Paths



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