Physical Education

Physical Education involves a variety of roles and responsibilities in a whole range of sports. Students are given the opportunity to act as a captain or group leader, give performance enhancing feedback as a coach or teacher, referee and officiate in team or individual activities and of course, perform to the best of their ability. Thorns are blessed with fantastic sporting facilities that are readily available to all students as they pass through the five year groups. Units of work in the state of the art fitness facility are often one of the more enjoyable and educational topics for our students. As our students progress into Key Stage 4, they all have the opportunity to expand on their practical interests by completing one of the accredited course in either GCSE PE or BTEC Dance.

Linking the curriculum to a career

  • Years 7, 8 and 9
    •  Students work on a five week rotation
    •  Students cover a range of activities including: Fitness, OAA, Football, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Dance, Badminton, Table Tennis, Athletics, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Rounders and Softball.
    • Year 9 students will be given the opportunity to complete a unit of work based on the Key Stage 4 GCSE PE course. This gives students an idea of the type of theory lessons they will expect if they select a course in PE.
  • Year 10 and 11

    CORE PE:

    • Students work on a half term rotation (THIS WILL CHANGE FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 AND NEW TIMETABLE).
    • Students cover a range of activities including: Fitness, Football, Basketball, Netball, Dance, Boccia, Badminton, Table Tennis, How fit are you?, Trampolining, Rounders and Softball.


    • GCSE PE.

    The course starts at the beginning of Year 10. All theory content is completed in GCSE PE lessons and the practical content is covered within Core PE. The course follows the Edexcel specification and is broken down into two written exams worth 60% of the overall grade; one essay style, 1500 word assignment which combines with a verbal exam and equates to 10% of the overall grade. The final 30% of the course refers to students’ practical abilities within drills and game situations.

    • BTEC Dance.

    The course starts at the beginning of Year 10. Students follow the Edexcel specification. The assessments include practical performances, written assignments and an exam across three units of work; one unit completed in Year 10 and two in Year 11. The practical assessments equate to roughly 60% of the overall grade with the remaining 40% split between assignment and exam.