Department Overview

The PE Department at Alderbrook is a vibrant, prominent and popular subject area within the school. The Department currently consists of 3 male and 4 female members of staff, who have a diverse range of sporting experiences and specialisms. Consequently, the Department is well equipped to deliver a broad, inclusive and varied curriculum that develops pupils who enjoy and appreciate sport and physical activity. This is achieved through developing both generic and sport specific skills and technique. Alongside this there is a great emphasis on building knowledge of fitness and healthy lifestyles, as well as, desirable personal attributes such as a positivity, integrity, reliability and motivation.

The school is well equipped with Sports Facilities. These include a Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, Gym, Dance Studio, Tennis and Netball Courts, as well as, Football, Rugby and Cricket pitches. The school also has links with local sports providers. For example, Tudor Grange Leisure Centre which hosts the Schools Athletics Championship.

The Department runs a plethora of representative teams as part of an extensive extra-curricular programme (for more details see ‘Extra-Curricular Opportunities’). Pupils and staff alike take a great deal of pride in these teams and it is possible to keep up to date with fixtures and results via the Alderbrook School PE Twitter feed.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

During their first half term at Alderbrook School, pupils in Year 7 carry out a base line assessment programme across a broad range of activity areas. Pupils benefit greatly by becoming familiar with the demands of the subject and experiencing the breadth of study, whilst staff are able to gather data that can be used to set the pupils into ability based groups.

Year 7 and 8

Across Year 7 and 8, pupils participate in a wide range of activities throughout the year, such as:

Games Based Non Games Based Summer Activities
Rugby Fitness Athletics
Football Gymnastics Tennis
Netball Badminton Rounders
Hockey Capture the Flag/Dodgeball Cricket
Basketball Dance
Volleyball Team Building


Sports Leadership / officiating

Generally, these activities are revisited in Year 8 to build on the progress made in Year 7. Boys and girls are generally taught separately, although some groups will be mixed where ability level and activities suit. Through experience, the department feels that enabling pupils to work alongside others of a similar ability levels, allows us to more accurately tailor curricular experiences that match their needs and interest. As a result this not only raises achievement but also the pupils enjoyment of PE at school.

Generally, the duration of these activities is one half term. Each activity is continually assessed and recorded to measure the child’s progress across the different activity areas. Attainment data is used to assist with setting, lesson planning and predicted grades at GCSE level. Pupils are assessed in their performance across different roles and responsibilities. For example;

  • Performer,
  • Coach,
  • Leader/ official as well as their
  • Knowledge of fitness and healthy lifestyles.


Key Stage 4

All pupils continue to receive 2 hours of PE per week. During these lessons they will follow a curriculum broadly similar to that in Key Stage 3, but with more opportunities to elect to study different activities that most closely fits their interests and expertise. In Year 10, all pupils elect to study a National Governing Body Leadership Qualification in a sport. The purpose of this is to give all pupils the opportunity to gain a level of accreditation in sport.



The exam board used is AQA. The Assessment of the course is as follows:

40% Examination

The 90 minute question paper includes a mixture of multiple choice questions, some structured questions, and extended written answer questions set in response to a pre-released scenario. The modules studied are as follows:

  • Methods of Training
  • Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle, healthy eating and diet
  • Fatigue and stress
  • Leisure and recreation time
  • Injury
  • School sport
  • Opportunities and pathways in sport
  • Cultural and social factors in sport
  • Media and sponsorship
  • Science and ICT in sport
  • International sports events

Each module is formally assessed for pupils and staff to assess understanding and set personal targets.

60% Controlled Assessment

This includes 4 practical assessments that can be as a player/performer, organiser, leader/coach or official. It also requires pupils to produce a written analysis of their performance in a sport and use their knowledge gathered in the course syllabus to plan ways of improving. This piece of work is completed during the Autumn Term of Year 11.

Students will improve their practical performances in a variety of activities through Year 9-11, with their best 4 scores being carried forward as their final assessment. Pupils may also be assessed at sports and activities that they participate in out of school, by providing video evidence. The practical assessments can be carried out at any time during the course, but predominantly take place during extra—curricular activities (e.g. playing representative school sport) as well GCSE PE and Core PE lesson.



Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Alderbrook PE Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils. This includes representative teams that regularly compete and achieve successat Borough and County level. The Department also offers many opportunities for pupils to access sport at a recreational level. These Clubs are accessible to pupils before, during and after school hours.

Sports include:

Netball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby, Badminton, Fitness, Cheerleading, Trampolining, Gymnastics,

Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Cricket, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cross Country, Indoor Rowing.

At Alderbrook we aim to provide enrichment opportunities for our pupils beyond those accessed in the curriculum. PE Staff dedicate a lot of time to ensuring pupils extendtheir sporting experiences through trips and events. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an additional provision/qualification we offer and is of great value to our pupils who choose it.


circle_sport4Day Trips

Twickenham, Millennium and Murrayfield Stadiums to perform at Opening Ceremonies of Sporting Events.

Loughborough University and ECB National Centre

AEGON Tennis Tournament at the Priory Club


Residential Trips

In addition to day trips, the PE Department organise a multi sports trip for Year 9s to Barcelona, Spain. Pupils take part in watersports activities, as well as, seeing the city of Barcelona and touring the Nou Camp Stadium.

We also run a Ski Trip for pupils. This is a very popular trip and gives pupils the chance to learn or develop a new skill and be successful. Previous ski trips have visited both Europe and North America, including Sugarloaf, Cannon and Loon, Mont Genevre, Innsbruck and this year we are preparing to take our pupils to Vermont, USA.



Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

Achievement in PE in an academic or practical form, often leads to pupils developing skills and qualities that are much sort after by further and higher education establishments as well as industries that extend past sports and leisure to business, engineering and even medicine.

For those pupils who aspire to following an academic route on leaving school, many Universities offer a wide variety of sports courses at degree level in the field of Sports and Exercise Sciences. Such a qualification can lead to careers in Sports Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports Nutrition, Fitness Testing, Data Analysis, Coaching and Teaching.

The days when career opportunities in sport were limited to teaching or those few professional coaching and playing jobs are long gone. The rise of the Leisure Industry has stimulated a proliferation in the range of sports careers offered at local, national and international level. There has been a huge increase in jobs in coaching, developing and administrating sport across the spectrum of levels of sport.

Leisure jobs have turned keen exercisers and sports people into professional fitness instructors and sports business entrepreneurs. Private and public organisations provide a variety of jobs which aid people entering sport and activity at grass roots level right through to the highest level of international and professional sport.

As well as careers in sport and leisure many industries want skills and qualities which have been learned, developed and ingrained in the PE curriculum. Team work, problem solving, leadership, determination, perseverance, analysis and motivation. Industries looking for PE achievers include the Forces, Business and Sales

Skills that can be gained from studying PE can be Personal Organisation, Tenacity, Collaboration and Flexibility.


Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mr T Coggan