“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them”

Michael Jordan

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Why do we study PE?

The PE department offers a broad and balanced curriculum in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The intent of the curriculum is to expose our students to as many sports as possible in order to allow them to find a gateway into sport. The curriculum is designed to allow enjoyment through performing, officiating and other leadership roles within different sporting areas to allow growth in confidence, social skills and increased mental and physical health.

PE programme of study at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The high quality PE curriculum offered at Studley High School enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many types of physical activities. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices and to use physical activity as a means of developing overall health and wellness. Students are assessed in 3 areas: Performance, Health and Leadership.  Within these areas, students develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. Our broad curriculum offers a wide range of activities including; net/wall games, invasion, outdoor adventurous activities, athletics, dance and fitness and wellbeing.

PE programme of study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Students begin more in-depth studying for the physical activity areas covered in the KS3 phase of study. This enables students to revisit the activity areas over the previous 3 years and to secure their understanding and competencies. This enriched time at KS4  allows students to develop habits of a life-long participation and enjoyment in a range of areas of particular interest that they have gained within KS3 or extra-curricular clubs.

Within the Key Stage 4 offer, PE offers both a traditional GCSE qualification and a vocational qualification. This allows our students the opportunity to be successful within sport/PE at Key Stage 4. During the options choices process the PE staff are on hand in order to guide learners to the course that most suits them as an individual. For example, some students are more successful when sitting examinations and find the biological side of PE interesting and therefore a GCSE PE qualification would be most suitable to them. Others may be more successful when being assessed through coursework based tasks and through leading sports sessions and therefore would be better off completing our offer of a Cambridge National in Sport qualification. We feel that by offering both of the courses stated above that we are able to provide our students with a choice that may foster interest and passion that they can take onto life after school i.e. college, sixth form or a career in sport.

Homework expectations

The use of homework in physical education can be an effective teaching and learning strategy. Homework can be used to develop students’ knowledge about the benefits of being physically active and to foster and encourage out of school engagement in physical activities and skill acquisition. At Key Stage 3, students are set one piece of homework per half term and spend approximately 20 to 30 minutes on this. At Key Stage 4 GCSE and Cambridge National, students are expected to complete one piece of homework every two weeks, with a recommended one hour to spend on this. 

How can parents and guardians support at home?

As well as monitoring homework and supporting independent research, there are a range of ways in which parents and guardians can help to support their child with developing their PE skills. Introducing PE homework will act as a bridge to uphold fitness when teachers aren’t there e.g. during the school holidays and after school time. Homework will also promote the development of fundamental movement skills that could be missed in this time.

Some other techniques that might help students when preparing revision materials are:

  • Using colour – this will often help students to remember different concepts as well as the different sections in the exam
  • Use of mind maps, learning mats and revision mats for specific topics
  • Identifying and recording a wide range of definitions, as well as formulating a key word bank i.e. a glossary of key terms
  • Making sure that your child has read through their revision notes (multiple times if possible) to help develop their familiarity with the subject content
  • Ensure your son/daughter has prepared revision cards
  • Time your son/daughter with practice questions and encourage them to be handed in to be marked by their teacher
  • Help with short spelling tests of key words
  • Buying a revision guide (GCSE/Cambridge National Sport) and asking your child the questions for each section to check their knowledge and understanding. Study guides can be purchased via our PE department for a reduced price

Useful websites for revision:

OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Sport Studies specification




Extra-curricular opportunities

The Studley High School PE department prides itself on providing a broad range of exciting and enriching extra-curricular activities that are ideal for both talented students wishing to maximise their development and for students who wish to take part in physical activity purely for enjoyment/health and wellbeing. 

The majority of activities are offered to all students across all year groups, either on a lunchtime basis or after school:

Badminton Basketball Cricket Dance
Netball Gymnastics Football Fitness
Rounders Rugby Tennis Swimming
Trampolining DofE Handball Benchball

Depending on the activity, we enter sports teams into a range of local (South Warwickshire) and regional (West Midlands) competitions and events. Fixtures take place on an after school basis.