All students follow National Curriculum PE as a compulsory subject throughout Years 7 to 10 at John Smeaton Academy. At Key Stage 3, students are assessed on their ability to develop their performance across a number of activities as well as through the coaching, leading and officiating of these. The following activities are currently followed at KS3; Rugby League, Football, Table Tennis, Netball, Dance, Athletics, Fitness, and Striking and Fielding games such as Cricket, Softball and Rounders.

At Key Stage 4, our students are directed towards sporting specialisms and interests so that levels of motivation remain high. A number of students are able to utilise the BodyLine Gym during lessons and this provides a natural pathway for a large number of our students who become evening and weekend members of the gym, thus following a healthy, active lifestyle.

Alternative activities are often offered and over the last few years, sessions have run in Yoga, Spinning, Zumba and BodyPump plus Ultimate Frisbee and Tchoukball.

Aims of the PE Department

  • To provide pupils with a high quality experience of PE which encourages them towards leading lifelong healthy, active lifestyles
  • To allow students to experience a wide range of activities enabling them to develop their own interests in PE and Sport and equip them with the skills and techniques to perform at their full potential
  • To provide pupils with opportunities to experience competitive PE and sport in both individual and team sports
  • To offer a full and varied programmes of extra-curricular sporting activities which motivates and engages pupils towards school representation

The PE Curriculum


Year 7
Boys Groups Half Term Girls Groups
1 2   1 2
Rugby Football 1 Netball Football
Football Rugby 2 Football Netball
TT TT 3 Dance Dance
Fitness / Ath Fitness / Ath 4 Bad / Fitness Fitness / Bad
Ath / Softball Ath / Softball 5 Strike / Ath Strike / Ath
Olympics Olympics 6 Olympics Olympics


Year 8
Boys Groups Half Term Girls Groups
1 2   1 2
Rugby Rugby 1 Netball / Football Football / Netball
Football Football 2 Badminton Badminton
TT TT 3 Dance Dance
Fitness / Ath Fitness / Ath 4 Fitness Fitness
Ath / Softball Ath / Softball 5 Strike / Ath Strike / Ath
Olympics Olympics 6 Olympics Olympics


Year 9
Boys Groups Half Term Girls Groups
1 2   1 2
Rugby Fitness 1 Football / Netball Invasion
Football Invasion 2 Fitness Fitness
TT Fitness / TT 3 Dance Dance
Fitness / Ath Football 4 Badminton Badminton
Ath / Softball Ath / Softball 5 Str Fld / Ath Str Fld / Ath
Olympics Olympics 6 Olympics Olympics


Year 10
Group / Pathway
1 2 3 4


Performance / Excellence



Planning, programming,

performing, evaluating.



Recreational sport.

Sport Education.




Recreational sport.

Sport Education.



In Key Stage 4, pupils may opt to study GCSE Physical Education.

GCSE Physical Education

The course is made up of two one-hour examinations at the end of the course which account for 40% of the final grade. These exams focus on numerous areas of theoretical PE involving the psychological and physiological aspects of performance, as well as opportunities for participation and the development of skill. Students also complete two Controlled Assessments worth 10% in total. One of these involves an investigation in to lifestyle and the development of a six week improvement plan. The second project focuses on performance and researching ways in to how this can be improved in a specific area. The remaining 50% of the final grade is made up from performances in four practical activities, one of which can be coaching, leading or officiating.
The 6th Form PE & Sport provision at Key Stage 5 is as follows:

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

The following units are taught:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport


The Physiology of Fitness


Assessing Risk in Sport


Fitness Training and Programming

Sports Development


Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise


Sports Coaching


Practical Team Sports


Practical Individual Sports


Current Issues in Sport


Leadership in Sport


Exercise, Health & Lifestyle


Sports Injuries


Rules, Regulations & Scoring Systems


 Departmental Staff


Mr. L. Parkin – Head of PE –

Mr. A. Bennett – Head of Year 9 –

Mr. E. Stoutt – Teacher of PE –

Mr. J. Levick – Director of KS4 –

Mrs. S. Grant – Director of KS3 –

Miss V. Winters – Head of Year 10 –

Miss H. Leighton – SSCo & Teacher of PE –

Clubs & Practices

The Physical Education department runs a full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities which are available to all students across the Academy. We enjoy lots of success at various levels of competition in numerous sporting activities and many of our students progress to higher levels of participation through school and club participation. All clubs run from 2.30pm to 4.15pm unless otherwise stated.

GCSE PE Intervention & Revision Club

In addition to these clubs, a GCSE PE Intervention and Revision Club runs on Wednesdays after school with Mr. Parkin and Mr. Bennett.

KS3 Support

Parents can offer support to their children by ensuring they are encouraged to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. This can be achieved by providing a healthy diet as well as promoting taking part in vigorous exercise for at least one hour five times each week, as per Government guidelines.

Children would also benefit from being exposed, on a regular basis, to the fundamental skills of running, throwing, catching, hitting, kicking and jumping to ensure the continual development of their physical literacy.

PE National Curriculum:

BBC Sports Academy:

KS4 Support: OCR GCSE PE


Various materials (revision, past papers and mark schemes) from the OCR specification that we follow can be found here:

Additional revision materials can be found here:!gcse-pe-ocr/c7fn and here:

All pupils have been provided with a revision guide and this can be found here:


KS5 Support: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

Course details:

Course textbooks: BTECNationalSport_Book1_PerformanceandExcellence and BTECNationalSport_Development_CoachingandFitness


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