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Physical Education

Curriculum aim

The Physical Education Departmentat Vale of York Academy aims to encourage a lifetime love of sport and keeping fit.  It is structured to encourage participation and give students the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and socially through the use of physical activity.  We provide a supportive but challenging environment for students to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum of activities which provide opportunities to acquire and develop skills and apply them in competitive situations. We aim to improve knowledge and understanding of a Healthy active lifestyle and give all students an opportunity to participate in different roles and extra-curricular activities.

Physical education helps develop and maintain confidence, well-being and social skills that can be more difficult to achieve through other subjects.

Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

Years 7, 8 & 9: KS3 pupils have two hours of Physical Education each week. All Students in year 7 and 8 cover the following schemes of work; Multi Skills, Invasion games, Dance, Net and Wall Games, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Gymnastics and trampolining, Health and Exercise, Athletics and Striking and Fielding.


Pupils through these activities will build on and embed the physical skills learned in at primary school. They will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Key Stage 4 curriculum overview

Students will continue to be offered the chance to compete in physical activities which provide the opportunity to develop technique and improve performance in competitive situations. The range of activities offered will also provide alternative routes which focus on personal fitness and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle, provide an opportunity to evaluate their own performance, and some activities which allow students to take part in physical challenges to develop team building and problem solving skills.

The PE team currently offer two examination courses for students with a genuine passion, talent and interest in sport:

OCR GCSE in Physical Education

Students must have an active interest in sport and be participating regularly in school or at outside clubs. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students.

Theoretical components (listed below) and at the end of year 11 they will sit a written exam for each component. 

Component 01: Applied anatomy and physiology Physical training

1 hour paper / 60 marks / 30% of final grade

Component 02: Socio-cultural influences Sports psychology Health, fitness and well-being

1 hour paper / 60 marks / 30% of final grade

Component 03: Performance in physical education

80 marks / 40 % of final grade

Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists -30% of final grade

Controlled assessment  (analysing and evaluating  performance)- 10% of the final grade

OCR Cambridge National Sports Science

The course is split into four units, three of which are course work projects and one exam to be taken in the summer of the second year of the course:

  • Applying the Principles of Training – 25%
  • Sports Nutrition – 25%
  • Technology in Sport – 25%
  • Injury Prevention (Exam) – 25%

There is no practical element to this course.

Careers in sport

Physical education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that you may not have considered before. For example, did you know that many nutritionists, physical therapists and chiropractors have a degree in PE. Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports journalist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sports therapist


Keep in touch
Subject Lead for Physical Education/Sport is Miss Colville who can be contacted by email at

Useful websites and resources

Revision guide – OCR GCSE PE (9-1) 2nd edition by Sarah Powell (available on parentpay)

Revision websites:

England Rugby Affiliation

Vale of York Academy is affiliated to England Rugby.

Vale of York Academy’s rugby program is in partnership with York RUFC and the RFU CBRE All Schools program.

To find out more information about the CBRE All Schools program and how it helps to invest in the next generation of rugby players please click here.

Please find details below for your key contacts at your local rugby club; York RUFC, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, YO30 5RE

For further details about the Girls section please contact Niki Doeg

For further details about the Boys section please contact Paul Simpson

We are working closely with York RUFC to get more students involved in rugby. They are inviting students who they have seen play rugby at school to go along to York Rugby Club, Clifton Park, Shipton Road, YO30 5RE to take their rugby further.

Here, you will learn from qualified coaches, make new lifelong friends and have a lot of fun in the process. Anyone wishing to find out more can contact Niki or Paul as above.

Links with York City FC

Follow news and updates on Twitter @YCFCKickAbout


School will be open next Thursday for GCSE results day from 9am! One more week and the wait is over! #fingerscrossed