Physical Education


Course Description 

The PE curriculum offered at Gaynes School is both traditional and diverse. New and exciting activities are constantly being provided, and are well-received by the students.  For example, handball has been a new sport added to the curriculum and the students have really engaged with it. The main aims of the department are for each child to develop in the areas of skills, knowledge, attitudes and personal health, not only within the realm of physical education, but in education as a whole.

The facilities available for the delivery of PE are superb. We boast a sports hall, gymnasium, all gymnastic apparatus, a playground and all-weather surface netball/tennis courts. We also have a field with one 11-a-side football pitch, one 9-a-side football pitch, a rugby pitch, an Astroturf cricket strip, a 400m running track and rounders pitches in the summer.

Our expectations

We expect students to work hard at developing their skills and be fully involved in lessons, understanding the need for physical activity and its relationship to health.

We insist on an excellent standard of kit from all our students, which encourages them to be fully prepared for every lesson and also when participating in extra-curricular activities. Gaynes’ PE kit must be worn in all lessons even if students are injured or ill, and therefore restricted in what they do. On such occasions students will be asked to officiate, analyse and evaluate performances of others.


Curriculum Overview

As part of our curriculum, students develop an awareness of their bodies, their potentials and their limits, as well as understanding the relationship between a sound body and a sound mind.  They will experience fun and enjoyment through a wide range of physical activities and acquire a knowledge and understanding of recreation.  Students develop an awareness of the need for regular exercise and their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development is enhanced through the Physical Education programme.  Students are given the opportunity for self-expression through movement and to realise their full potential in the area of skill acquisition.  We endeavour to ensure all students to access the curriculum especially those with special needs.


Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Football/Rugby Football/Handball Football/Table Tennis
Autumn 2 Fitness/Gymnastics Rugby/Gymnastics Gymnastics/Rugby
Spring 1 Basketball/Handball Basketball/Badminton Basketball/Badminton
Spring 2 Table Tennis/Badminton Table Tennis/Fitness Handball/GCSE PE (Taster)
Summer 1 Cricket/Athletics/Softball Cricket/Athletics/Softball Cricket/Athletics/Softball
Summer 2 Cricket/Athletics/Softball Cricket/Athletics/Softball Cricket/Athletics/Softball



Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Netball/ Gymnastics Netball/Gymnastics Netball/Handball
Autumn 2 Basketball/Netball Basketball/Handball Basketball/Gymnastics
Spring 1 Handball/Badminton Table Tennis/Badminton Table Tennis/Fitness
Spring 2 Touch Rugby/Table Tennis Fitness/Touch Rugby Badminton/GCSE PE (Taster)
Summer 1 Rounders/Athletics/Softball Rounders/Athletics/Softball Rounders/Athletics/Softball
Summer 2 Rounders/Athletics/Softball Rounders/Athletics/Softball Rounders/Athletics/Softball


Course Overview

Students at GCSE follow the AQA GCSE PE course (8582):


Students will participate in 4 x 1 hour lessons a week (1 core PE lesson, 2 GCSE PE practical lessons & 1 GCSE PE theory lesson)

Assessment components

Assessment in GCSE is spread over two areas:

Written paper 1 (1 hour 15 minutes): The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.

Worth 30% of the total mark.

Written paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes): Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.

Worth 30% of the total mark.

Practical Performance: Worth 40% of the total mark. Students will demonstrate practical performance in 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 an individual activity). They will also have to provide analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

Why you should consider this subject for GCSE

Students should consider taking PE if they have a passion for the subject. They must be hard-working and have a love for sport and learning the theoretical side of PE. They should also consider GCSE PE as a subject that works on a number of interpersonal skills such as leadership, teamwork etc.

Future Careers

Physio Therapist, Sports Coach, PE Teacher, Sports Lecturer, Sports Manager, Nutritionist, Youth Worker

GCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to the Year 11 Students on achieving 86% 9-4

GCSE Results 2021

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 87.8% grades 9-4

Useful Links


  • To attend extra-curricular cubs to ensure skills and gameplay are being developed outside of lessons.




  • AQA GCSE Physical Education - Kirk Bizley
  • My Revision Notes AQA GCSE PE (9-1) - Kirk Bizley
  • Revise AQA GCSE PE (9-1) Physcial Education Revision Guide - Jan Simister


 To attend extra-curricular cubs to ensure skills and gameplay are being developed outside of lessons.