Physical education


Well done to our Year 7 netball team that finished 2nd in the Crewe Netball Tournament December 2019.

You can find our GCSE PE Joma optional kit here.

Our department consists of committed staff that values the importance of delivering outstanding lessons to ensure pupils achieve their potential.  Our main aim is to provide pupils with a variety of opportunities across the curriculum to ensure they can develop key skills that will help them in aspects of life and for their future careers.  Physical Education allows pupils to learn new skills and achieve success in a caring environment.  We are also committed to ensuring pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time to help sustain and improve their general fitness levels.


At STM we recognise the vital role of Physical Education lessons in building resilience, self-motivation, cooperation, teamwork to develop alongside, confidence, self-management, innovation and evaluation and critical thinking skills.  Lessons are inclusive, challenging for all and most importantly we try to ensure they are always fun.


For those pupils that like competitive sport, they will be able to take part in extra-curricular activities and be encouraged to join community clubs we have links with.  All activities that are taught in the curriculum will have extra-curricular opportunities after school.


Congratulations to our Year 11 football team from 2018-2019.  It was a great achievement to get to the South Cheshire football final.  They were very unlucky to lose 1-0. We would like to wish them luck as they leave and go off to college.

We also have an Inter-house competition that runs throughout the year so all pupils can take part in competitive sports in a variety of activities:


  1. Netball and football
  2. Dodgeball and benchball
  3. Hockey and rugby
  4. Handball and ultimate Frisbee
  5. Rounders and athletics


We aim to teach pupils how to live a healthy lifestyle, understand the importance of fitness, teamwork and promote confidence through leadership opportunities.  We pride ourselves on offering expert teaching and coaching with challenging competition opportunities to promote personal and social development, reflecting an ethos of respect, fair play, determination and excellence.

Years 7 & 8

Pupils receive three hours of Physical Education over two weeks in Year 7 and 8.  Pupils will be taught Games, Gymnastics/ Trampolining, Athletics, Health Related Fitness and Dance.  Games can consist of Netball, Football, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders and Softball.

Lessons are planned to make sure pupils develop skills, tactics and strategies in games activities. They will also be able to develop their body awareness, being able to compose sequences and develop their ability to evaluate their own and others performances through gymnastic and dance activities.

We ensure lessons develop pupils’ character as well as their skills and tactical abilities and help them to develop task mastery.  We encourage pupils to be independent learners, use their initiative and build empathy and resilience through physical activity.

Pupils can also access extra-curricular clubs to further extend their knowledge of these games and represent the school. 


Years 9, 10 and 11 Core PE

All pupils will take part in a variety of physical activities both individual and team as listed above.  All pupils receive two hours of Physical Education per fortnight.  New activities introduced at this age are Handball and Gaelic Football.

Vocational Sport Course

 Units to be covered will be selected from:

  • Leadership
  • Practical sport
  • Training and fitness
  • Understanding the body or technology

Assessment will include internal coursework components and an external exam.


GCSE Physical Education

The GCSE Physical Education course has three components:

  • Component 1 is Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis and Training
  • Component 2 is Sports Psychology and Socio-Cultural Influences
  • Component 3 is non-exam assessment which requires pupils to perform in three physical activities (specified on the AQA activity list), one has to be a team activity and one must be an individual activity.  They will be assessed on their quality of skills, techniques and tactics, and strategies within numerous activities


Assessment Requirements

Paper 1 - 1hr 15mins:  This will assess component 1 content through multiple choice; short answer questions and a long answer question.  This paper will be sat at the end of Year 11 and is worth 30% of the GCSE.

Paper 2 - 1hr 15mins:  This will assess component 2 content through multiple choice; short answer questions and a long answer question.  This paper will be sat at the end of Year 11 and is worth 30% of the GCSE.

Component 3 is assessed through internal moderation and an external moderation of three practical activities that are worth 10% each.  These activities can be assessed throughout the course as well as an internal moderation day.  Any activities that cannot be assessed within school will require video evidence.  Pupils will also carry out a written analysis and evaluation of performance which is worth 10%; making the component worth 40% of the GCSE.


Exam Board and Specification

We will study the new AQA GCSE specification for GCSE Physical Education (8582).  The link to this qualification is


Top Revision Tips

  1. Understand your learning style; visual, auditory or kinaesthetic - carry out a questionnaire -
  2. Practice past paper questions, there is not better way of being prepared for the exam
  3. Mix up your study habits; listen to podcasts, watch videos, mind maps, different colours for your study notes!


Suggested Websites

Your can contact the Curriculum Leader, Mrs Lawrence, here.