Physical Education

Our mission statement: To develop the physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals, moral values as well as leadership skills whilst promoting lifelong participation in physical activity

Mr. R. Ellis

Head of Department

In the Ferndown Upper School PE  department we promote a healthy lifestyle and aim to build character and positive attitudes, improving self-esteem and self-confidence, giving children new skills to enable them to make a positive contribution inside and outside of school in a safe and enjoyable environment through the vehicle of Physical Education. Our program of study and fantastic facilities allows us to provide not only a stimulating, rich and challenging curriculum, but also a diverse one, which will give our pupils the opportunity to develop communication, teamwork and other leadership skills needed for future employment.

We encourage all students from Year 9 up to Year 13 in the Sixth Form to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities on and off the school site includes inter-school sports competitions, after school clubs and fixtures, water sport activities, residential trips and gifted and talented funded activities. See our up to date extra-curricular timetable in our clubs section.

Ferndown Upper School boasts a range of fantastic facilities including a 5 court sports hall, fitness room, gymnasium, 25m swimming pool, 4 squash courts, netball courts, tennis courts, a 400m running track and extensive playing fields.

The teaching staff within the Physical Education Department are very experienced in teaching all areas of the curriculum. Amongst the staff we have coached and taught pupils from beginners, up to National level standard.

Mr. R. Hayter

Head of Sport
Head of House

Mrs. E. Pemberton

Deputy Head of PE
Health and Fitness Co-Ordinator

Mrs. C. Hicks

GCSE PE Co-coordinator
Head of Year

Mr. J. Collins

Level 2 PE Co-coordinator
Head of Year


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives

Key concepts & processes

• Outwitting an opponent / Accurate Replication
• Making and applying decisions
• Developing skills and performance
• Developing Physical and Mental capacity
• Making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyle
• Evaluating and improving

Core PE

Students will experience a variety of sports when they arrive at Ferndown Upper School in year 9, which will be compulsory. In years 10 and 11 they have the opportunity to continue with practical core PE if they have not opted to take this as an examination subject. If this is the case they will opt into a range of activities that suit their class and needs to enhance the enjoyment of this subject. Throughout their core PE students will experience the key concepts and processes for the Physical Education curriculum, which are
• Outwitting an opponent
• Making and applying decisions
• Developing skills and performance
• Developing Physical and Mental capacity
• Making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyle
• Evaluating and improving

NCFE Level 2 Health & Fitness

This course is the equivalent of a GCSE from a level 2 Pass and above. Component 1 is a theory exam and component 2 is a coursework project. The exam will start in March of year 10 with students having the opportunity to retake in November of year 11. The coursework project will start in year 11 and will be completed by March. When students are not doing their project or timetabled in a classroom for their exam prep they will be doing practical PE.

Edexcel GCSE PE

Students have paper 1 and paper 2 for their exam which counts as 60% of their overall grade. Students undertake various sports throughout the year and their best three will be taken. Their three sports will be one individual sport, one team sport and one optional choice. In addition to this students have a small coursework project to complete (Personal Exercise Plan) and this contributes to their overall grade. The PEP will start at the end of year 10 and be completed by the first term on year 11. Students should note that it is compulsory to attend at least one after school sports club a week and be involved in inter-house competitions as both of these offer opportunity for assessments that count towards their final GCSE grade.

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