Physical Education

Faculty: Physical Education

Head of Faculty: Mr L Coupland


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.

Overview of the PE Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

PE KS3 Overview

PE KS4 Overview

KS4 Core PE Curriculum Overview

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.

Enrichment and Additional Learning Opportunities 

  • Netball
  • Girls Football
  • Trampolining
  • Rounder’s
  • Dance
  • Girls Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Athletics
  • GCSE Study Support
  • Health and Fitness
  • Cricket