Sir William Robertson Academy – Physical Education Department


• Mr K. Symmons (Head of Department)

• Mrs K. Davison (Second in Department)

• Mr D. Quincey

• Mr D. Costello (Head of Year 9)

• Miss S. Holder



The Department benefits from the schools fantastic rural location. Our outdoor facilities include 2 football pitches, a hockey and rugby pitch as well as 2 mini football pitches. In the summer term these make way for a full sized athletics track, astroturf cricket pitch and 2 rounders pitches. We also have 5 astroturf cricket lanes that are used for cricket practice in the summer.

The school also has 6 outdoor tennis courts, 3 netball courts and a basketball court.

The indoor space available for PE lessons and sports clubs consists of a 2 badminton court sports hall, a gymnasium, and a fully equipped fitness suite.

As a Department we also regularly use the surrounding farmland and footpaths for orienteering, problem solving and cross country lessons. We also make use of nearby Stapleford Woods for orienteering assessments.


Key Stage 3

In the September of Year 7 new pupils undertake a small series of tests to ensure that they are set correctly for their PE lessons throughout Key Stage 3. These assessments look at a pupil’s ability to overcome opponents in competition, their ability to exercise for sustained periods of time and their physical and intellectual responses to problem solving.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), the units of study include:

  • Orienteering
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Boxercise
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor Invasion
  • Problem Solving
  • Trampolining
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Rounders
  • Frisbee
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Table Tennis
  • Health and Fitness
  • Netball
  • Lacrosse
  • Archery
  • Tag Rugby

Students are assessed on a continual basis throughout KS3.  Upon entry the assessment results will ensure we set each pupil challenging and demanding targets to reach by the end of KS3.  All pupils will receive autumn, spring and summer assessment grades and are monitored to ensure progress is being made.

Key Stage 4


The department offers the GCSE AQA Physical Activity specification. This specification follows on from the Key Stage 3 Physical Education programme of study by providing students with exciting opportunities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle by choosing from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity

The content of this GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle; to provide a route to further study in Further Education awards, such as A levels and to Higher Education in PE as well as to related career opportunities.

The GCSE PE course is assessed by two components; one is an examination taken at the end of Year 11 with a weighting of 40% and the other is a practical, internally-assessed component worth 60%. As a Department we also offer the GCSE AQA Double Award qualification for those students who demonstrate exceptional performance in both the practical and theory components of the course. This course allows them to gain two GCSE qualifications.

Candidates are timetabled for one theory lesson per week learning about how and why we perform the way we do. In addition, they have three lessons of practical based activity working to develop their ability in the roles of player/performer, organiser, leader/coach, choreographer or official. We have many GCSE PE students who are outstanding leaders who put on primary school and whole school sporting events.

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The PE Department offers the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport, which has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4.

The BTEC First Award in Sport is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. It is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE). The course includes an external assessment, worth 25 per cent of the qualification. This is done via an online exam. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments. The remaining units are assessed internally and are moderated by Edexcel. Units covered include physiology, psychology, fitness, leadership and practical sport.

Core PE

The focus in Key Stage 4 curriculum PE is to ensure pupils sustain activity levels and develop a commitment to physical sport and recreation for the rest of their lives.  Pupils will have chances to overcome opponents in team and individual games, evaluate performances, improve their own performances and take part in outdoor and adventure style activities. Pupils follow this pathway throughout Key Stage 4 if they have not selected GCSE or BTEC PE. We believe that it is important to promote ‘lifelong activity’ and one of the aims of KS4 PE at SWRA is to help students discover sports and activities that they can continue to enjoy once they have left the school.

Key Stage 5

AS/A2 Physical Education

The department follows the AQA specification for Physical Education at AS and A2. This specification builds on the student’s experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The qualification looks to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official, leader and coach at AS. Students will then specialise in one of these roles at A2.

In theory lessons, students investigate current contemporary topics in sport such as applied physiology, psychological aspects, biomechanics, skill acquisition and contemporary social issues.

BTEC National Award in Sport

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is a 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification designed to enable students to gain both academic and practical experience and become competent in areas that are directly related to the workplace. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. It is equivalent to one GCE A Level. This course allows pupils to develop skills in a sporting environment, and apply key analysis within practical sport performance. The course provides progression opportunities into vocationally relevant employment or higher education. Pupils study areas such as anatomy and physiology, fitness training and psychology and are assessed through coursework rather than exam.

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