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Sports/PE Studies Department

Subject Leader Sports/PE Studies Mrs R Laker
Sport/PE Studies Teachers Miss C Hurley
Mr J Lloyd
Mr J Major
Miss L Penney
Mr R Turner
Mr T White

Physical Education helps students to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and beyond. The Physical Education department at Knole Academy are fully committed to the all-round development of each student and the extensive curriculum we offer reflects this passion.

We encourage the positive values of determination and resilience throughout all our key stages and students within our department feel safe and confident to participate and perform. Our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and experience different teaching methods in order to develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

 Students are encouraged to work individually and as part of a team which helps build trust, problem solving and communication skills. Competition is a huge part of the sporting environment and life in general and whilst we encourage competition and the competitive spirit we also promote the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. Through our curriculum we hope students build the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and later in life.

Knole Academy boasts outstanding sporting facilities which allows us to offer a broad range of activities. These include a fitness suite, a fully equipped sports hall, a MUGA, an all-weather artificial pitch (3G), climbing wall and grassed playing fields.

Throughout the year students will experience a wide range of activities that will be taught on a rotation. These activities include, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, trampolining, basketball, football, handball, rugby, netball, hockey, health related fitness, OAA, rock climbing, athletics, cricket, tennis and softball.

 All students are encouraged to perform, lead, coach and umpire in the range of activities and all these areas are continually assessed, tracked and monitored to ensure progress is being made. Students are mainly taught in single sex and ability groups during this key stage.


How can I help my child through KS3 & KS4 physical education?

  • Encourage participation in lessons and extra-curricular activities.
  • Ensure their kit is clean and ready for the lesson and is fully named/labelled.
  • Ensure students have appropriate kit available during the winter months.

How will my child be assessed at KS3?

Students are assessed throughout each activity and an average level is recorded each data cycle from a variety of sports covered.

Students will learn:

  • New skills through participating in a broad range of activities.
  • How to lead activities and take on the role of an official
  • Different tactics and strategies that can improve play and performances.
  • How to work as part of a team
  • How to work safely in the PE environment
  • Sportsmanship and fair play
  • Resilience and determination
  • How to lead a healthy and active lifestyle


Exam Board: Edexcel
Tiered Exam: Full Award (equivalent to 1 GCSE)

How is the course assessed?

30% is a practical assessment. Students are assessed in three different sports (10% each). Students must have selected a team sport, an individual sport and a free choice from the options provided by the exam board.

  • 10% is coursework. Personal exercise programme (1500 word limit).
  • 60% is the theoretical component. There are two papers.
  • Component 1-Fitness and Body Systems - 1hr 45min paper and is worth 36%.
  • Component 2-Health and Performance-  1 hr 15min paper and is worth 24%.

Both exam papers consist of multiple choice questions, short answers questions and two 9 mark extended questions.

Please refer to the Edexcel website for further information

What is covered on the course?

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Personal exercise programme

What texts would you recommend?

  • Pearson-Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education Revision Guide
  • Pearson-Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education Workbook
  • Edexcel GCSE Physical Education Text Book 2016- Maarit Edy and Matthew Hunter

What websites would you recommend?


We provide a number of opportunities for students wishing to take part in sport outside of the curriculum.  We have an extra- curricular timetable which changes each term.

House Sporting Events

At Knole Academy we have a very strong and competitive house system which our inter-house and annual sports days are integral. These events give all students the opportunity to rake part in sporting activities supporting their houses.

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