Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

‘Physically educated persons are those who have learned to arrange their lives in such a way that the habitual physical activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing.’ James MacAllister

Our PE curriculum at St Cuthbert's is designed and constantly reviewed to meet the needs of all of our students. We aim to foster the joy of learning through providing a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling all students to find activities they enjoy. We promote an aspirational culture where all students are provided with opportunities to experience success. As a department, we believe that Physical Education is a vehicle which provides students with the opportunity to holistically develop the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding of lifelong participation in physical activity. The provision that we strive to provide is well balanced between participation and performance for all students. Within PE, students have the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable knowledge and skills which will aid them in their future learning, apprenticeships or employment, whilst taking into account the improving local economy and labour market.


As a department, our intent is to ensure that our curriculum provides students with effective opportunities to:

  • Be confident and resilient individuals who lead healthy active lifestyles
  • Provide students with new sporting experiences and opportunities which stimulate a love for learning both academically and practically
  • Develop employability skills and have an awareness of clear progression routes that follow Key Stage 4, bearing in mind the local economy and labour market.

Within lessons we consistently use Rosenshine’s principles of instruction to ensure effective learning takes place. We do this by ensuring that there is a review of learning at the start of every lesson, ensuring that new content is introduced in small steps (with ample time to practice), using questioning for understanding, providing model answers/demonstrations and providing scaffolds for difficult tasks.

Department Staff

Mrs Vicky Jackson
Curriculum Leader PE and Health & Social Care

Mr Phil Arkell
Head of Year 11 and Teacher of Physical Education

Mrs Liz Bayley
PE Teacher and Technician

Mr Grant Mearns
Head of Year 10 and Teacher of Physical Education

Mr Liam Platt
Teacher of Physical Education

Miss Nikki Ward
Personal Development and CEIAG Lead and Teacher of PE and Health and Social Care

Welcome from Mrs Jackson


Curriculum Rationale - Physical Education

Curriculum Rationale - Health & Social Care

Curriculum Overview - Physical Education

Curriculum Overview - GCSE PE

Curriculum Overview - BTEC Sport

Curriculum Overview - Health & Social Care


Year 7 - 9 Physical Education Progress Grid