Physical Education


The Department aims to make Physical Education an enjoyable and challenging experience for girls of all abilities.  It aims to develop and nurture an understanding of fitness for life and to develop the desirable traits of fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, loyalty and self-discipline. 




Students enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. They acquire the skills to make informed choices about their own physical development, whilst getting involved in physical activities that meet their needs. They also learn how to analyse and evaluate performance, making effective plans for improvement. We use the AQA exam board. Compared to Curriculum PE, GCSE PE has a mixture of practical and theory work where students learn a range of topics.

60% Theory

Mixture of  multiple choice / objectivec test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Topics Include

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of  Data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, Fitness and Well-being

40% Practical

  • Three different physical activities in the role of player/performer
  • (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in individual activity)
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity
  • This can include a sport that you take part in outside of School.


A broad programme of extra-curricular activities takes place during lunch hour and before and after school. Clubs are very popular and are open to all girls irrespective of ability.  They include Hockey, Netball, Dance, Tennis, Multi sports, Rounders, Athletics and Cross County, Swimming, Fencing, Gymnastics, Football and Cricket.  The annual dance production involves an enormous amount of girls from Year 7 upwards.

The Department runs an extensive fixtures programme encompassing after school matches, and afternoon and occasional Saturday tournaments.  The GDST also organises a varied programme of competition within the Trust schools. The school has enviable reputation for success at local, county and national level. and within Trust Schools.

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All girls representing the school at any physical activity must regularly attend clubs/practices.  Fixtures and team sheets are posted on the fixture noticeboard with dates and team sheets also available on the website.  Girls are expected to check the website prior to the fixture to confirm selection and arrangements.  We are delighted when parents are able to support.

Health and Safety

All girls must wear properly fitting mouth guards for hockey.  At the beginning of the Autumn Term, Opro provides the school with a fitting and sales service for mouth guards.