Sport & PE

Head of Faculty - Mr M Clark

Spiritual - education involves students developing a variety of skills, e.g. performing a sequence in gymnastics, which allows the students to express their feelings and emotions as well as be amazed by what their bodies can achieve.

Moral - education in PE concerns students having the opportunity to understand how PE can influence their healthy living and lifestyle. PE highlights the advantages of health and lifestyle through team sports and health related fitness. Students are also able to understand the rules of activities and the reasons why they need to abide by them and understand what fair play is.

Social - education involves students having the opportunity to work as a team, as well as reflect on feelings of determination and enjoyment. Students are given the role of a coach or leader to develop their social skills in co-operation, communication, commitment, loyalty and team work.

Cultural - education in PE means students are given the opportunity to learn games from different traditions, including their own as well being able to appreciate the differences between male and female roles within sport.

Examples of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education in PE include:

  • Students reflecting on values surrounding competition which includes ‘winning at all costs’ as well as sportsmanship and fair play
  • Students learning to handle success and defeat with dignity
  • Giving time for focus group discussions on lesson objectives and outcomes as well as listening to other people’s opinions and giving feedback
  • Students being introduced to tactics and strategies in sport
  • Students developing their moral stance through developing a sense of fair play and positive sporting behaviour as well as reflecting on the need for rules
  • Students discovering the role of sport in society.
  • Students becoming aware of different cultural attitudes towards aspects of physical activity

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.  Students will develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.  PE helps students develop personally and socially.  They work as individuals, in groups and in teams; developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility.  They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating.  Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Key Stage 3

“Our KS3 scheme of work has been designed to develop the basic skills that our students would have learnt at KS2 within their PE lessons. We cover a wide variety of sports at the academy to try to ensure that we meet the needs of all of our learners. We offer invasion games, net/wall games, athletics, cross country, striking and fielding games, gymnastics and trampolining. Each half term we cover at least 2 sports and spend around 6/7 lessons on each sport with an assessment lesson at the end to consolidate the students learning and understanding of what they have been taught. Students are encouraged to attend as many extra-curricular clubs that they want to help develop their skill or to be part of one of our many successful teams. The curriculum at KS3 has been designed to ensure that all students make excellent progress within their sporting ability and have a clear understanding of how important PE is to help maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

Students who pick PE as a mini option in year 8 gain an extra 2 hours per fortnight of PE. In these additional lessons we look at students leadership of themselves and others. We complete booklets to support their learning and expect students to take the lead on teaching some skills or full lessons to enable them to progress with their leadership abilities”

More Able (formerly Gifted and Talented)

More Able (Gifted and Talented) students in PE will be used to support students in their understanding of sports. We understand that PE is not suited to everyone so we ensure that there is appropriate learning available to all students; including rules and regulations, coaching and understanding the bodies movement. They cover the same curriculum as other students however they are also used as coaches and leaders within the group. Extending not only their own knowledge and physical ability but also breaking down skills to help support the lower ability students. We also celebrate the successes of our most able students who participate in sport at a high standard outside school by a differing uniform. These students receive a red and black striped tie to recognise their outstanding sporting ability in a particular sport.

Help and support

Support is consistently offered within the PE department, if not from the teacher then from their peers. If students are not making progress then we offer after school catch up clubs and also give parents phone calls home to ensure we have the support from home to put strategies in place to give our students the best support possible.

PE kit

Here at the academy with have a strict view on PE kit and our expectations of students wearing correct PE kit. Below is a list of the PE kit that is expected to be worn for all PE lessons by our students.

Compulsory items:

  • Black polo shirt with school badge.
  • Plain black shorts.
  • Change of socks to help prevent the spread of fungal diseases
  • Sports trainers
  • Football boots for boys (optional for girls).

We play sports outside all year round, regardless of the weather (hazardous conditions are when we remain indoors). Therefore we have given students the opportunity to wear an outdoor kit, to ensure all students are essentially equipped for all weather conditions.

Outdoor kit:

Naming and labelling of all kit and uniform is strongly advised. Items of clothing can be mislaid during the changing period.

It is expected that all students wear the correct Gateway Academy PE kit and to bring their kit to every PE lesson. Students will receive a consequence if they forget any part of their kit in the form of a kit mark. If they receive four kit marks in a half term they will automatically receive a one-hour detention after school. A student who forgets their kit will be offered spare kit; if they refuse to borrow kit and participate in a lesson, they will automatically receive a one-hour detention after school.



There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of PE.  Students need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.


  • Developing control of whole-body skills and fine manipulation skills.
  • Selecting and using skills, tactics and compositional ideas effectively in different types of physical activity.
  • Responding with body and mind to the demands of an activity.
  • Adapting to a widening range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.


  • Understanding how the components of competence combine, and applying them to produce effective outcomes.
  • Knowing and understanding what needs to be achieved, critically evaluating how well it has been achieved and finding ways to improve.
  • Appreciating how to make adjustments and adaptations when performing in different contexts and when working individually, in groups and teams.
  • Understanding the nature of success in different types of activity.


  • Using imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Healthy, Active Lifestyles

  • Understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Recognising that regular physical activity that is fit for purpose, safe and enjoyable has the greatest impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.


These are the essential skills and processes in PE that students need to learn to make progress.  In each of the following skill-sets, students should be able to:

Develop Skills in Physical Activity

  • refine and adapt skills into techniques.
  • develop the range of skills they use.
  • develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills.

Make and Apply Decisions

  • select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type contexts.
  • refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances.
  • plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance.
  • recognise hazards and make decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others.

Develop Physical and Mental Capacity

  • develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of different activities.
  • develop their mental determination to succeed.

Evaluate and Improve

  • analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others.
  • act on these decisions in future performances.
  • be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved.

Make Informed Choices about Healthy, Active Lifestyles

  • identify the types of activity they are best suited to.
  • identify the types of role they would like to take on.
  • make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.

The study of PE includes activities that cover:

  • outwitting opponents, as in games activities.
  • accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities.
  • exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities.
  • performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities.
  • identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature.
  • exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

Students are set in Key Stage 3 according to sporting ability based on National Curriculum levels. 

Students will undertake a range of sports/activities from:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Health and Fitness
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Table Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Boccia
  • Softball
  • Trampolining