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Through Physical Education students sharpen their understanding and practice of fitness through sport and exercise.


Physical education

Physical Education is about providing a variety of enjoyable, demanding and rewarding challenges through which physical skills, knowledge and understanding can be developed.

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the total education of the individual, a learning process that will start early in the life of the child in the primary school and which will continue to provide a healthy and active lifestyle into adulthood after the Sixth Form.

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The PE department aim to promote purposeful activity and skill development in a range of sports.


Lower Seniors

Pupils learn to work safely and effectively, with co-operation, perseverance and self-motivation, individually, in pairs and as members of groups or teams. Within each area, physical competence is developed, and teamwork and co-operation are encouraged.


Upper Seniors

Pupils continue to build on the foundations from the previous years sporting activites, seeking out opportunities for leadership and competitive situations. Pupils are also able to access the Fitness room and have a 1:1 session with the school’s own Fitness Instructor.

Fixtures and tournaments take place against other island schools and pupils also travel off island to compete. Pupils selected to represent the College in a competitive fixture, are expected to attend training sessions, which take place at lunchtime or after school.

Pupils follow a varied sports programme, which includes some of the following sports: netball, football, hockey, rugby, athletics, tennis, cricket, cross country, gymnastics and dance.



For practical work, each pupil’s ability is assessed through visual observation and the setting of differentiated tasks. Pupils receive verbal feedback detailing how they can improve and learn to peer assess to improve their knowledge and understanding and are assisted with manual and visual guidance using video playback.


Additional educational experiences

All Pupils compete in Inter-house sports competitions throughout the year and have the opportunity to meet Sporting representatives from national teams through the Sports Commission



Physical Education is the study of the physical ability of our bodies, the sociological effects on society and the psychological aspects of performance in developing and elite athletes, looking at sporting examples across a range of disciplines. At the end of the course, acquire evaluation and analysis skills to be able to influence and enhance their own and others performance. This is a linear course with exams sat at the end of Year 11 and non-exam assessment of practical performance and evaluation submitted. The course is heavily theory based with almost all lessons being in the classroom.

  • Section 1: Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport (30% of final grade)
  • Section 2: Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-Being in Physical Activity and Sport (30% of final grade)
  • Practical Assessment and Coursework (40% of final grade)

Students have to offer practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (a list of suitable activities is available)


A Level

Throughout the course, students develop knowledge and understanding relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of PE. This will include understanding the physiological and psychological states that affect performance, the role of technology in contemporary sport and socio-cultural factors that influence involvement in sport.

The PE course promotes independent learning and encourages pupils to take ownership of learning and progress. Develop study and employment skills that will support throughout the course and future employment of studies.

Students have opportunities to participate in and lead sports clubs and practices in and out of school, attend talks, lectures, trips and workshops and arrange related work experience.

  • Paper 1 Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport: Applied anatomy and physiology, Skill acquisition, Sport and society 35%
  • Paper 2 Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport: Exercise physiology and biomechanics, Sport psychology, Sport and society and technology in sport 35%
  • Physical Performance Practical performance in physical activity and sport, Internal assessment /External moderation 30%