Physical Education

Welcome to the St Thomas More Catholic School and Sixth Form Physical Education page.

This Page will keep you updated with all fixtures, results and news from our sports teams, as well as information about the department and the PE curriculum.

You can also follow the PE department on twitter for results, praise, team news and any fixture changes @DeptPE.


Main School SportAims and Objectives

 To create successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

  • To create confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • To create responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

We strive to provide an extensive array of activities where students are given the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. We teach our lessons in conjunction with the National Curriculum Key Processes. Developing specific skills in physical activity, making and applying decisions, developing physical and mental capacity and evaluating and improving upon their own and others’ performances and finding ways to improve them.


  • Gym
  • Dance Studio (Sixth form Centre)
  • Fitness Room
  • Astro Turf
  • 2 Netball Courts
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 2 Football Pitches
  • 1 Rugby Pitch
  • Dual use of the Jubilee Sports Centre

Extra Curricular Activities

The PE department see their extra-curricular programme as an imperative role for the overall development of the students at our school. We offer a diverse and comprehensive extra-curricular programme of activities to all students as an extension to and to complement the broad and balanced curriculum experienced by students in lessons. Not only do we aim to extend student’s knowledge and understanding in a variety of activities but to develop the enjoyment of sport and physical activity at our school and thus promoting lifelong physical activity.

Throughout the winter the main sports that are offered to students are Football, Rugby, Netball and Hockey. These are followed by Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Athletics in the summer. Further to these traditional activities we also offer Trampolining, Volleyball, Badminton, Fitness, Dance, Cross Country and Healthy Lifestyles. Opportunities to participate in both clubs and team practices are at both lunchtime and after school. These rely solely on the support of the PE department and other members of the teaching staff.


All students in KS3 have 5 PE lessons over the course of 2 weeks, each of which is an hour long. Each activity lasts a total of 4 weeks, with each of the 10 lessons in this time period following the same activity.

Girls Activities

Boys Activities





Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Health Related Exercise

Health Related Exercise















During Key Stage 3 pupils are offered the following opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.

  1. get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination develop the whole body
  2. experience a range of roles within a physical activity
  3. specialise in specific activities and roles
  4. follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school
  5. perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
  6. use ICT as an aid to improving performance and tracking progress
  7. make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum

Main School SportsKS4

Why choose A GCSE in Physical Education:

The majority who study Physical Education do so because it builds upon previous sporting experiences and allows pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of specific roles and responsibilities, therefore encouraging competitive excellence in their chosen activities. GCSE Physical Education supports a wide range of future study and careers such as sport, leisure, physiotherapy, journalism, coaching, nutritionist, psychology and teaching. Students can then study A-Level PE and go on to University to study courses in sport science, sports engineering, sports management, exercise science, physical education, physiotherapy or sports nutrition.

What will I study? Physical Education has 4 components

  • Component 1 - Fitness and Body Systems
  • Component 2 – Health and Performance
  • Component 3 - Practical performance of 3 activities
  • Component 4 - Personal Exercise Programme

Who would this course suit? Anyone with a passion and curiosity to look deeper into Physical Education, anyone playing sport with a club or for the school who looks to challenge themselves and wants to reach their performance as a performer, anyone who is prepared to work hard, work independently and bring a passion and enthusiasm to the classroom and any sporting situation.

How will I learn?

Physical Education is a practical physical subject. You will have the opportunity to undertake activities within lessons and competition; this will develop your skills, understanding and knowledge of sport.

We will also be in the classroom learning about the theory behind what makes an athlete successful, how the body works and how to adapt the bodies functions to gain maximum performances. Your lessons will be well resourced with materials to support your learning, including on line sources and up to date text books.

The Department is very well equipped with excellent school teams, excellent experienced teachers with specialist knowledge in all activities covered. We will encourage you to become more self-reliant and able to work independently and as part of a team. You will have regular theory based lessons and homework tasks to consolidate your learning.

How will my work be assessed?

  • Year 9 – One Physical activity and a one hour exam.
  • Year 10 – Two Physical Activities, your Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) and two exams.
  • Year 11 – Three Physical Activities, your PEP, Analysis of Performance and two exams

THEORY – (60%) – End of Year 11

Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems

1 hour and 45 minutes examination and is worth 36% overall. This covers the main areas of anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of data

Component 2 – Health and Performance

1 hour and 15 minutes examination and is worth 24% of the qualification.  This covers the main areas of health, fitness and well-being, Sports Psychology, social cultural influences and use of data.

Component 3Practical Activities – 30% practical performance of 3 activities

Component 4 - 10% - Personal Exercise Programme

This element is a coursework examination developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of their fitness levels and how to improve their performance.

How can I use this course after Year 11/ in the future?

Students can then study A-Level PE and go on to University to study courses in Sport Science, Sports Engineering, Sports Management, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Physiotherapy or Sports Nutrition.

There is a wide and varied range of exciting career opportunities linked to this subject.  Here are just a few examples: Sports Coaching, Leisure and Tourism, Physiotherapy, Journalism, Coaching, Nutritionist, Sports Psychology and Teaching.

If I want to know more I should ask……..

  • Mr Zeki (Head of the Arts, Technology and Sports Faculty)