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Highworth Physical Education department is a forward thinking and successful department, at all levels. The department has 3 full time teachers as well as a number of part time and specialist staff, ensuring a high level of teaching across both compulsory and examination PE. The department houses a variety of facilities including 4 netball courts, 6 tennis courts, full size astro turf pitch, fully equipped gymnasium, fitness room containing 8 indoor rowing machines and a GCSE and A Level teaching room.
Practical lessons at Highworth encompass a wide range of activities, reflecting our ethos for developing lifelong, active participation. We believe that there is an active pursuit out there for everyone and that maximising the experiences available will spark interest and help everyone to discover theirs. As well as encouraging participation, we also hold a reputation as a high performing competitive sports school, having consistently won titles at local, county and national levels. Staff are passionate about their sports and teams and consistently go the extra mile to ensure we continue to build on this already impressive standing.
In examination PE, we consistently deliver outstanding results. We are extremely proud of our GCSE results, in which, for the last 4 years, over 90% of our students have gained an A or A* grade!
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Head of Department
Miss L Cassey
Miss K Greensmith
Miss S Judd
Mrs E Dodds
Miss S Gerstlauer
Mrs R Wibberley
Miss R Gatt
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 have three 1 hour lessons per fortnight (plus an additional lesson taught by the dance department). Students cover a wide range of activities throughout these lessons from the following categories: invasion games; net and wall games; striking and fielding games; athletics; gymnastics; fitness activities; and outdoor and adventurous activities. The exact content of the curriculum may vary due to facility and staffing demands.
Assessment and feedback
Students are assessed formally at the end of each activity unit and are deemed to be “exceeding” “meeting” or “working towards” expected levels. These end of unit grades contribute towards the student’s overall performance grade in PE. Assessment grids are available to all students and they are actively encouraged to self-assess and seek feedback to make further progress.
Key Stage 4
We follow the AQA GCSE Physical Education specification over 3 years. Lessons are a mixture of theory and practical activities and are in addition to compulsory core PE lessons. Theory topics covered during the course include: applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training; sports psychology; socio-cultural influences on participation; and health fitness and well-being.
40% of the marks are awarded for practical performance in 3 activities.
Please click here for the list of activities accepted by the exam board
Assessment and feedback
The theory component (worth 60%) is assessed via 2 exams at the end of the course. Three theory assessment objectives are used throughout the course:
AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding (25%)
AO2 – Apply knowledge and understanding (20%)
AO3 – Analysing and evaluating (15%)
Students’ written work is regularly assessed against these assessment objectives in a variety of ways: teacher marking; peer marking; end of unit assessments; and verbal questioning and feedback. A full end of year assessment is made via one exam at the end of Year 9 and 10.
The practical component (worth 40%) is assessed through live or recorded performance during Year 11. Students must demonstrate skills in all activities, both in isolation and a fully competitive context. Students must also produce a written analysis of their own strengths and weakness. One assessment objective is used for both elements of this component:
AO4 – Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques and analyse and evaluate performance
Students receive consistent verbal feedback regarding their practical performance in activities which are taught during lesson time. Activities completed outside of school lessons should be frequently recorded and students are encouraged to regularly submit these for feedback. At the end of each year, students are assessed in their three strongest activities and feedback given regarding current marks and areas for progression or interventions required.
Please click here for the AQA GCSE PE specification
We follow the AQA A Level Physical Education specification over two years. It is a linear qualification so all assessment takes place at the end of the second year of the course. It is therefore imperative that students on this course continue their competitive participation in their chosen sport for the full duration of the course.
All lessons have a theoretical focus but some practical activities may be used to help students’ applied understanding. Students must therefore be taking part in their chosen practical activities in their own time and usually outside of school.
Theory topics include: applied anatomy and physiology; skill acquisition; sport and society and the role of technology; exercise physiology and biomechanics; and sport psychology.
Assessment and feedback
The theory component (worth 70%) is assessed via 2 exams at the end of the course. Three theory assessment objectives are used throughout the course:
AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding
AO2 – Apply knowledge and understanding
AO3 – Analysing and evaluating
Students’ written work is regularly assessed against these assessment objectives in a variety of ways: teacher marking; peer marking; end of unit assessments; and verbal questioning and feedback. A full end of year assessment is made via one exam at the end of Year 12.
The practical component (worth 30%) is assessed through live or recorded performance during Year 13. Students must demonstrate skills in a fully competitive context as a performer or coach in one activity. Students are also required to produce a written or verbal performance analysis of their own strengths and weakness, using appropriate theoretical content. One assessment objective is used for both element of this component:
AO4 – Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques and analyse and evaluate performance.
Students are required to submit recorded examples of their practical performance at certain points throughout the course. Verbal and/or written feedback will be provided and final assessment will be made in term 3/4 of Year 13. A sample will be selected by the exam board for external moderation after final centre marks are submitted.
Please click here for the AQA A Level PE specification
GCSE: Please note these past papers are the old EDEXCEL specification. New style specification papers will be added in due course:
Please click here for the 2016 GCSE Physical Education Question Paper
Please click here for the 2016 GCSE Physical Education Mark Scheme
A Level: Please note these past papers are the old AQA specification. New style specification papers will be added in due course:
Please click here for the 2016 A2 Physical Education Question Paper
Please click here for the 2016 A2 Physical Education Mark Scheme
Please click here for the 2016 AS Physical Education Question Paper
Please click here for the 2016 AS Physical Education Mark Scheme
Useful external links
Qualifications in Physical Education and Sport can lead to many careers. Popular examples include:
- Physiotherapist / Sports Therapist / Sports Rehabilitation
- Sports Scientist
- Sport Psychologist
- Sports Coach
- Sports Development officer
- Sports Journalist
- Fitness instructor / personal trainer
- Military / public services
Ellie Santer (2014)
Ellie has just reached the end of a Sport and Exercise Science degree at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has now applied for an MSc in Applied Health and Exercise Science and hopes to eventually get a job as an Exercise Physiologist specialising in cardiac rehabilitation. Ellie suggests that her A Level PE was a great help in the first year of her course, as there has been a large degree of overlap in the topics covered. This allowed her to focus on revision of these topics and building a really strong knowledge base for years 2 and 3.
Lizzie Chambers (2013)
Lizzie is currently studying Sports Therapy at The University of Kent at Medway. She says that A Level PE was particularly useful in developing her knowledge of anatomy in preparation for the course. Lizzie also found the challenge of A Level PE coursework to be excellent preparation for the analysis of movement required in this role.
Caitlin Pilcher (2012)
Caitlin studied Primary Teaching at University and is now teaching at Leeds and Broomfield Primary School in Maidstone. She is PE coordinator for the school and says that her enjoyment of A-Level and GCSE PE encouraged her to apply for this role. She also suggests that her time studying PE at Highworth helped her to develop many leadership skills which have been essential for success in her current post.
The PE department runs a range of extra-curricular clubs, taking place at lunchtime and after school. Clubs are run by a mixture of school staff and external coaches and change every term.
Trips and visits
The PE department run a variety of trips and visits which change on a yearly basis. Examples of such activities that have run in previous years are:
- Bi-annual Ski Trip to Italy
- Outdoor Education trip to Kent Mountain Centre, Snowdonia
- Hockey trip to Olympic Park to watch England in World League Finals
- Football tour to Spain
- A Level Sports Science Workshop at University of Kent
The PE department also regularly take groups of students to fixtures and competitions to compete at a local, county and national level.
Please click here for Sports Day 2017 images
Well done to Sarah Cornforth in year 13 who last weekend competed at the UK School Games for Rugby 7s at Loughborough University. Her ‘England – South East’ team finished third in the competition, losing to Ireland in the Semi-final, but beating England – South West in the 3/4th play off.