Physical Education


The PE Department at The Ursuline Academy is staffed with a highly experienced team of specialist teachers. The PE Department plays an active part in the very busy life of the school within curriculum and extra-curricular time. The department offer a range of extra-curricular activities for all Key stages over the academic year.
The PE Department consists of a gymnasium, a dance studio and two Netball courts. We are also very lucky that students are also offered a range of activities off-site at Redbridge Sports Centre, Frenford, local Swimming baths, Cycling and Athletics grounds.

PE at Extra-Curricular Clubs

Extra-curricular clubs in the PE department are essential to enable pupils to succeed in one or more activities and improving their ability. The clubs also gives the students the opportunity to represent their School by competing against other Schools in the Borough at a range of competitions and also to be chosen for Borough and district events. Within the last two years we have also becoming Borough Champions for Year 9 Netball, Year 8 Netball, Bike Polo and Indoor Athletics Champions.
Club list attached (September – February)

PE at KS3

At Key Stage 3 students receive two hours of compulsory Physical Education a week. The PE department seeks to offer our students every possible opportunity to get involved and enjoy PE. Students complete a series of activity blocks where they are graded at the end of each unit. Students experience Baseline testing, Netball, Badminton, Multi Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Rounders, Trampolining, Basketball, Fitness, Handball and Athletics. Students in Year 8 upwards are also placed in set ability groups.

PE at KS4

At Key Stage 4 students receive two hours of compulsory Physical education a week. Within Key Stage 4 we try to teach our students the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. We do this by offering them a variety of activities such as Zumba, Aerobics, Netball, Badminton, Movement, Handball, Trampolining and Overall Fitness sessions.


Exam Board is: AQA
The timetable allocation over a week for PE GCSE is:

Year 10 Course

2 Theory lessons and 1 Practical
Unit 1: Applied Anatomy 30%
Unit 2: Sports Psychology and socio-cultural influences 30%
Unit 3: Practical Assessment 40%

Year 11 Course

2 Theory lessons and 1 Practical

There are two main elements to the course:

Unit 1

External Assessment 40%

The exam is an hour and a half exam at the end of Year 11 and is worth a total of 80 raw marks. This contains a mixture of multiple choice, short and longer answer questions. The content is split into two sections:
1.1- Healthy, active lifestyle
1.2- Sports Science

Unit 2

Practical Assessment 60%

The practical assessment is usually internally assessed by the PE staff and class teacher. An external moderator will then either choose to come into moderate those students or ask for DVD evidence of their performance. Students will also be asked to analyse a performance of their choice. Within PE GCSE students will compete at a number of different activities. These range from: Badminton, Lifesaving, Personal Survival, Trampolining, Dance, Netball, Cross Country, Rock Climbing etc. Students will also be able to be assessed in an activity that they participate outside of School.