The King's (The Cathedral) School

Peterborough

The Physical Education Department develops self-esteem, dignity and respect in all members of the school family. Physical Education is crucial to pupil development; it can contribute to spiritual, moral, cultural and most importantly physical development.

‘Developing self-esteem, dignity and respect in the sporting environment’

At The King’s School you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities but most importantly you will learn to lead a healthy and active lifestyle which will benefit you as you move through life.

The Physical Education Department offers good facilities. In addition to extensive fields and a well-equipped Sports Hall, there is an astro turf pitch, modern fitness room and designated classroom. Opportunities exist for students to enjoy a range of sporting activities throughout the curriculum. There is a strong fixture list for Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Football, Rounders and Cricket. Many students also participate in other sports such as Athletics, Rowing, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Tennis, Badminton and much more.

Physical Education within The King’s School is structured to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and the aims of the School as a whole. Physical Education covers both activities indoors and outdoors. It is of a recreational, aesthetic and competitive nature, requiring individual effort and co-operation. A new Sports Hall was opened in September 2003 providing superb indoor facilities and a new synthetic astro turf pitch was completed in September 2005. The latest addition is a state-of-the-art fitness room, with fully interactive cardio machines and an array of weights and resistance machines.

There is also a full programme of lunchtime and after-school extra-curricular activities on offer, most of which are provided free; these activities are both recreational and competitive. There is a full calendar of fixtures for the major games: rugby, football, hockey, netball, tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics. We also enter many other tournaments and events ranging from indoor rowing to dodgeball. A few specialist activities, which are run by professional coaches, do incur an additional cost, such as fencing, gymnastics & karate.

KS3

During Key Stage 3, pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, they are given opportunities to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They are given opportunities to understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They are taught to develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs 

Year 7

  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Team Building & Orienteering
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Indoor Rowing

Year 8

  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Health & Fitness
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Cycling

Year 9

  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Health & Fitness
  • Volleyball
  • Trampolining
  • Badminton

KS4

At Key Stage 4 all pupils continue to participate in curriculum Physical Education lessons at well as being able to opt for GCSE Physical Education.

In curriculum Physical Education lessons pupils tackle complex and demanding physical activities and are involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in a team and individuals
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports and other physical activities
  • evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

Years 10 & 11

  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Fitness
  • Trampolining

GCSE Physical Education – AQA (8582)

Pupils who opt for GCSE Physical Education follow the AQA syllabus. This is a linear qualification, which means that pupils will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

The subject content includes:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of Data
  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-cultural Influences
  • Health, Fitness and Well-being

The course is assessed through two theory papers and a non-exam element (practical & coursework).

Paper One: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis, Physical Training, Use of Data
  • How it's assessed: Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks, 30% of GCSE

Paper Two: Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: Sports Psychology, Socio-cultural Influences, Health, Fitness and Well-being, Use of Data
  • How it's assessed: Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks, 30% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: 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). Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
  • How it's assessed: Assessed by teachers, Moderated by AQA, 100 marks, 40% of GCSE

KS5

Sixth Form students can opt to participate in sport and physical activity as part of the activities afternoon enrichment programme. This is both recreational and competitive and covers a variety of activities, such as Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Cricket, Tennis, Badminton and Fitness.

A-Level Physical Education – AQA (7582)

Students who opt for the A-Level in Physical Education follow the AQA syllabus. This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject Content:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanical Movement
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Society and the Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport

The course is assessed through two theory papers and a non-exam element (practical & coursework)

Paper 1: Factors affecting Participation in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society
  • How it's assessed:  2 hours written exam, 105 marks, 35% of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting Optimal Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, Sport and Society and Technology in Sport
  • How it's assessed:  2 hours written exam, 105 marks, 35% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

  • What's assessed: Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus a written/verbal analysis of performance.
  • How it's assessed: Internal assessment, external moderation, 90 marks, 30% of A-level

Department Staff

Mr Jamie Pinguenet (JPP): Head of Physical Education Department
Mr James Stubbs (JLS): Teacher of Physical Education & Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Helen Birch (HMB): Teacher of Physical Education & Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)
Mrs Rachel Bright (RB): Teacher of Physical Education - position currently covered by Mrs Lynne Thurlow (LT)
Mrs Nicola Harris (NAH): Instructor of Physical Education & Academic Head of Year 7
Mrs Julie Reed (JAR): Teacher of Physical Education
Mr Chris Sanderson (XCS): Instructor of Physical Education