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Physical Education

Curriculum Intent 

Within the PE department, our aim is to promote physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. We, therefore, provide opportunities for pupils to be creative and competitive whilst being able to build resilience. This ensures pupils develop positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. 

Curriculum Overview  

Spalding Grammar School, and the PE Department in particular, aim to provide the highest quality Physical Education and School Sport for all pupils, of all abilities, that ensures the following pupil outcomes:   

  • Pupils who are committed to PE and sport and make them a central part of their lives – both in and out of school. They seldom miss PE lessons, remember their kit and get changed on time. They make sure they are available for sports events and take responsibility for not letting down others. They encourage other pupils to get involved and help adults to organise lessons and activities. 
  • Pupils who know and understand what they are trying to achieve and how to go about doing it. They know how to think about each area of activity and when and how to use composition, choreography, games strategy, athletic tactics and problem-solving. They also know how they are judged in each area of activity. 
  • Pupils who understand that PE and sport are an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle. They know how PE and sport contribute to a balanced, healthy, active lifestyle and how different activities affect their fitness, health and feelings about themselves. They can explain how the school helps them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. 
  • Pupils who have the confidence to get involved in PE and sport. They are willing to demonstrate what they can do, volunteer questions and answers, ask for help when they need it and talk positively about their achievements. They help others and are happy to take part in any capacity. They try new activities without worrying about failing. 
  • Pupils who have the skills and control that they need to take part in PE and sport. They show good body control, have poise and balance, and show fluency and accuracy in their movements. They can apply and adapt a wide range of skills and techniques effectively. 
  •  Pupils who willingly take part in a range of competitive, creative and challenge-type activities, both as individuals and as part of a team or group. They get involved in activities in PE lessons and take part in different school sports activities. They are happy to work and perform on their own, as well as in groups and teams. 
  • Pupils who think about what they are doing and make appropriate decisions for themselves. They work without constant prompting and ask questions so that they can organise themselves and make progress. They come up with ideas and strategies to help them improve. They react to situations intelligently when performing, taking into account others’ strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Pupils who show a desire to improve and achieve in relation to their own abilities. They are determined to achieve the best possible results and spend extra time practising. They often compare their performance to their own in the past and to other people’s and feel that they could do better still. They ask for advice on how to improve. 
  • Pupils who have the stamina, suppleness and strength to keep going. They concentrate well and maintain their energy and activity levels. They seldom miss PE because of illness or injury and are physically strong and flexible enough to take part in activities. 
  • Pupils who enjoy PE, school and community sport. They are keen to take part and talk about what they are doing with enthusiasm. They show an interest in the PE/sport notice-boards and often watch or read about PE and sport. They are eager to get to PE lessons and smile a lot! 

Our vision is concerned with not only enhanced learning and provision within Physical Education and School Sport itself, but also, as we have seen, the unique role our subject can play as a template and tool for the development of whole school practice, leading to whole school improvement - Improved Attitudes to learning; Higher Attainment across the curriculum; Improved Attendance; Improved Behaviour and Enhanced Leadership skills.  

Key Stage Development

Key Stage 3

Students are taught in broad ‘ability’ sets – with movement between groups at teachers’ discretion. Activities are delivered on a 5-week rotation – Rugby, Basketball, Table Tennis, Football, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders/Softball. These weeks are scheduled to facilitate our enrichment program and support our teams in fixtures, also to deliver competition via the Inter House competitions and consideration is needed with regard to facilities – usage of the Sports Hall for examinations throughout the year.  At the end of the Key Stage, students are given advice regarding their suitability for success in GCSE PE. 

Key Stage 4 

Students who have opted for GCSE PE are taught the theory component following the AQA specification during timetabled option block lessons. The practical component is delivered and assessed via the ‘Core PE lessons’, during enrichment opportunities and via the PE residential in Year 10. All students in core PE will have the opportunity to choose activities, dependent upon the availability of the sports hall and the anticipated weather. Activities will change each half-term, and will include Fitness Suite, table tennis, football, basketball, cricket, rounders, and softball. A more student-led ‘Games for Understanding’ approach may be implemented during these lessons, and an increased emphasis on students taking on leadership, officiating, and coaching roles. At the end of the Key Stage GCSE students are given advice regarding their suitability for success at A Level PE. 

Key Stage 5

Students who have opted for A level PE are taught the theory component following the AQA specification during timetabled option block lessons. The NEA practical component is assessed in Year 13, with students taking responsibility for their progress and collection of suitable evidence. Guidance is given for the written NEA and feedback on progress, to allow students to fulfil their potential. In year 12, students have the opportunity in their enrichment timetabled lessons to complete the Level 2 Sports Leaders Award. All students in Year 12 and 13 have timetabled lessons on a Wednesday afternoon for PE – opportunities to play football, rugby, basketball, netball and cricket are available, as well as badminton, indoor sports, fitness suite and table tennis. Students also have the opportunity to participate in their own choice of physical activity, e.g. private gym, horse riding, golf, cycling, squash...


Left: Mr J Walker, Mr D Venables, Mr C Crane


  • Mr D Venables (Head of Department)
  • Mr C Crane
  • Mr A Brooks
  • Mr J Walker
  • Mr J Coles



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The department has extensive facilities, which include sports fields (Memorial Field, West Field and Main School Field), sports hall, table tennis gallery area and fitness suite. The PE department have their own dedicated Facebook page, which is regularly updated and shared with the SGS main Face Book page. Search for @SGSPE


Students have opportunities to develop a wide range of practical skills and to improve their knowledge and understanding in a range of activities – including football, rugby, basketball, hockey, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, and dance during the Winter and Spring Terms, and athletics, cricket and rounders during the Summer Term.

Key Stage 3

Year 7: Students experience a broad curriculum and work on developing individual skills and attempt to implement them in a competitive situation where appropriate.

Years 8 and 9: Students also learn to develop their understanding of tactics and strategies, and apply these as applicable. Students are also given opportunities to develop other roles such as officiating, coaching and leadership to enhance their organisational and communication skills.

Key Stage 4

All students follow an options program for their core PE lesson. Health Related Fitness and squash are introduced to the curriculum. Students are expected to take on more responsibility for their progress, developing training programs, running individual and group warm-ups, and developing tactical awareness to enhance performance. Students can opt into examination courses in Physical Education, having the opportunity to take GCSE Physical Education (AQA).

Key Stage 5

Wednesday afternoons are allocated to Sixth Form Games. All students are able to continue with representative and recreational sport during this time, choosing from a range of games and sports available. Additionally, students can opt into examination and leadership courses in Sport and Physical Education. Students in Year 12 have the opportunity to complete the Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership. Also, in Year 12, students can opt to take a two-year A level following the AQA syllabus.


The department is committed to a varied Enrichment Programme during lunch periods, after school, and on Saturday mornings. The Department has strong links with local sports clubs’ facilities and coaching, especially rugby, cricket, hockey, squash, and tennis. Trips are organised each year to enrich the learning and the experience of students. A successful house system operates, with all students given the opportunity to represent their house in a variety of sporting activities. At Key Stage 3, compulsory Inter House competitions are differentiated to allow 100% participation by students at a level that they are comfortable with. School teams compete in local and national competitions in all major sports and a range of minor sports.