Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education department

As a Physical Education Department, our role is to contribute to the overall education of young people by helping them lead full, valuable, safe and healthy lives. Our aim is to develop all students physically, morally and socially through physical activity and sport and provide future pathways for participation and pursuit of sporting excellence. 

Physical Education develops students’ confidence and competence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. 

All students will achieve and make progress by developing their skills and techniques, their decision-making abilities, their physical and mental capacity, their evaluating and improving skills and their ability to make informed choices about active, healthy lifestyles. 

The Bay CE School PE department has superb facilities: a sports hall, a climbing wall/rock, an archery range, two gymnasiums, high quality games pitches, an athletics track, an all weather cricket pitch, an astroturf, hard and grass tennis courts, netball courts, a fitness gym and a fitness suite. 

There is an extensive range of clubs and plenty of opportunity for competitions and matches against other schools. The PE Curriculum is very diverse and we offer an extensive range of sports and activities. 


The Bay has a team of four specialist P.E. staff:

Miss  K Walker – Head of PE 

Mr S Johnson – Deputy Head of Department 

Mr G Bricknell – Teacher of PE 

Mrs L Taylor – Teacher of PE 


The PE Curriculum is very diverse and we offer an extensive range of sports and activities. At Phase 2 (Year 7 – 9) students will experience sports such as basketball, hockey, netball, football, rugby, trampolining, gymnastics, fitness, tennis, badminton, volleyball, cricket, rounders, softball, ultimate frisbee, tchoukball,  athletics and team building activities. Each block of activity lasts approximately 6 weeks.

Phase 2 (Years 7 , 8 and 9)

At Phase 2, pupils will be taught to

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through sports clubs. 


Phase 3 (Years 9 and 10) 

At Phase 3 students have the opportunity to specialise in certain areas and can either continue a similar curriculum to that in Phase 2 or choose a specialist option. Students also have an option in Phase 3 to follow courses in GCSE PE and BTEC Sport, along with Sports Leadership opportunities.

Core PE at Phase 3 (Years 10 – 11)

Students have an opportunity to specialise in certain areas and can either continue a similar curriculum to that in Phase 2 or choose a specialist option such as OAA and team building/problem solving challenges. Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities and get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. Where specialisation takes place, blocks may increase from 6 weeks in length to approximately 9 weeks in length to allow for a greater depth of study. 

Students also have the option during Phase 3 of their career at The Bay CE School to follow courses in GCSE PE and BTEC Sport. 

The sports taught in lessons tend to follow the seasons, e.g. team/invasion games in Autumn and Spring; Cricket, tennis, athletics etc. in Spring and Summer.

During phase 3 students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by supporting local primary school sporting events, the PE Department and House Leaders.


Pearson Edexcel: GCSE (9-1) Physical Education (1PE01)

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components. Components 1 and 2 will be assessed in May/June in any single year. Components 3 and 4 may be assessed at any point during the course.


Pearsons BTEC First Award in Sport

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry. 

You will study three mandatory units:

  • fitness for sport and exercise 
  • practical performance in sport 
  • applying the principles of personal training. 

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by studying one further unit:

  • leading sports activities.

You will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. For the assessment for Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training, you will be able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed in the qualification as a whole. The assessment for Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise is an onscreen test/exam.

Useful Websites

For both the GCSE and BTEC course students will have online access to course detail including lesson notes, revision materials and sample assessment material/practice exam papers. They will also be provided with a revision guide/book to help with exams. Further help can also be found using these websites:


BBC Bitesize: GCSE Edexcel Physical Education

Seneca Learning:

Gojimo (App or online)

Revision World www.

 (Useful for past exam papers)

BTEC Sport

Quizlet – revision cards

Retired onscreen Tests:

Revision – Flash cards

How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks and termly assignments. 
Reading Encouraging students to use the suggested websites and to read and listen to the articles.
Revision Guide BTEC Sport

BTEC First Award Sport Student Book (BTEC First Sport)

ISBN-10: 1446905551

BTEC First in Sport Revision Guide (BTEC First Sport)

ISBN-10: 1446906701

BTEC First in Sport Revision Workbook (BTEC First Sport)

ISBN-10: 144690671X


Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education Revision Guide

ISBN 978-1-292-13512-0

Exam Practice Exam question practical in lessons

Guided work on Past Papers

Resources PIXL Revision Booklets, Revision guide, Twinkl Revision workbooks


Career Opportunities



Progression from GCSE PE could lead to:

  • A Level PE
  • BTEC National in Sport

You’ll also gain many valuable skills from studying PE what will help you in other GCSE and A-level subjects as well as your future career, such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Analysis and Evaluation
  • Physical fitness
BTEC Sport:

If you are interested in taking your study of sport further, the subject-specific knowledge and skills outlined in the BTEC Sport course and  developed through studying this qualification, will give you a strong foundation for academic (A-level) or vocational (BTEC) study at level 3, including apprenticeships.

You’ll also gain many valuable skills from studying PE that will help you in other GCSE and A-level subjects as well as your future career, such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Analysis and Evaluation
  • Physical fitness
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