Physical Education

Faculty: Physical Education

Head of Faculty: Mrs P Wilson


The Physical Education faculty uphold a true ‘commitment to excellence’ in all that we do. We aim to provide pupils with many different experiences within a diverse and engaging curriculum that challenges them both physically and academically.  We strive for pupils to be responsible and independent and be able to participate safely and fairly.


At Key Stage 3, every student at Hawkley Hall High School studies two hours of Physical Education per week as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will experience a variety of sports where they will:  

  • Learn key knowledge and be able to recall how to perform a range of skills
  • Rehearse skills taught in isolated practices/ under pressure and competitive situations to improve quality of performance 
  • Acquire knowledge of how to apply skills within different situations
  • Be provided with opportunities to develop personal qualities including how to be safe in PE and leadership skills
  • Apply knowledge to analyse performance in a range of activities

At Key Stage 4, every student at Hawkley Hall High School studies one hour of Physical Education per week, as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum.   This will build on the knowledge gained at KS3 and provide students the opportunity to consolidate and develop skills under further pressure.  They will continue to develop personal qualities and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

Students will also be able to opt for one of three pathways: GCSE PE, Cambridge National Sports Studies or GCSE Dance. The pathway studied will depend on what is most suitable for each pupil.  Staff will communicate with parents and pupils the expectations of the qualifications and what, if any, is most suitable.   The curriculum allows for three lessons in Year 10 and two lessons in Year 11.  The lessons will be a combination of theory and practical as per the schemes of work.

Learning Journey

Physical Education Learning Journey

Curriculum Description

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught PE in ability groups. Students receive 2 hours of PE a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each physical activity. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the range and quality of skills taught. Students are also assessed throughout the year across all activities on physical attributes, skill application and leadership skills. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 all students continue to be taught a compulsory 1 hour per week PE lesson.   Students can choose the following options to develop the subject further. These options are: GCSE PE, GCSE Dance, Cambridge National Sport Studies.


Exam Board Specification

The specification code for GCSE PE is J587. Click here to view the GCSE specification

GCSE PE study OCR GCSE Physical Education (J587).  Graded 1-9.

GCSE Dance study AQA (8236)  Graded 1-9

Cambridge National Sport Studies (j803-j813) Graded Merit – Distinction *

All the above option choices have 3 hours per week in year 10 and 2 hours per week in year 11.

Assessments for the above options cover theory, practical and non-examined assessments, for further details, please refer to the year 9 options booklet.


Overview of the PE Curriculum

Students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3 and KS4, below is a list of activities delivered:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Leadership
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Rounders
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampoline
  • Volleyball

* Please note not all year groups will cover all the activities every year.

Students can opt for GCSE PE/ GCSE Dance/ Cambridge National Sport Studies. In their compulsory 1 hour lesson students will have an option to participate in a variety of activities listed above.

Additional Information

The Physical Education Faculty provides an extensive range of enrichment opportunities. There are numerous clubs and competitive events that students can attend; students can refer to the enrichment timetable displayed in form rooms.