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Sport & Recreation

At Wilsthorpe School students study Physical Education (PE) through units of physical activity and sport planned to develop skills and ensure the physical and emotional progress of all students.

The high-quality PE curriculum at Wilsthorpe inspires and enables all pupils to succeed in many kinds of physical activity and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Students get to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. They also learn to reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

Beyond the curriculum all students will have the opportunity to compete in sport and participate in other activities that build character as well as further develop physical skills. The Curriculum Area at Wilsthorpe School offer a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme of sports. 

Key Stage 4

GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being. GCSE (9–1) in Physical Education consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components.


The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding to improve performance.

  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.

  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport

● understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being

● understand the key socio-cultural influences that can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.


  • Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes - 36% of the qualification 90 marks

  • Component 2: Health and Performance written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes - 24% of the qualification 70 marks

  • Component 3: Practical Performance Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated -30% of the qualification 105 marks (35 marks per activity)

  • Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated - 10% of the qualification 20 marks

Key Stage 3

PE in years 7, 8 and 9 builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students' Key Stage 2 experience. Students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned becoming more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. analysing their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Students will be taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games, for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their techniques, improve their performance, leadership and officiating skills. 

Key Stage 5

BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning

qualification in the UK. You will have to be organised, take some assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport 360 GLH Equivalent in size to one A Level.


You will cover 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 1 are external. A broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.


All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression

to university. The transferable skills that universities value include: the ability to learn independently

, the ability to research actively and methodically and to be able to give presentations and be active group members.

The PE and Sport Wider Reading and Discovery List can be found here