Physical Education

Physical Education and Sports Studies

Meet the Department

  • Mr Bligh – Teacher of PE
  • Mr Dallaway – Subject Leader of PE
  • Miss Lambert – Teacher of PE
  • Mr Feery – Teacher of PE
  • Mrs Harker – Teacher of PE
  • Mr Varney – Teacher of PE


Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student. Research supports the importance of movement in educating both mind and body. Physical education contributes directly to development of physical competence and fitness. It also helps students to make informed choices and understand the value of leading a physically active lifestyle. The benefits of physical education can affect both academic learning and physical activity patterns of students. The healthy, physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.


With the sport and physical activity industry riding high on the success of the Olympic Games, the  number of career opportunities /pathways has increased.


Possible careers include:

  • Sport  coaches
  • Sports development
  • Disability sports development
  • Volunteering in Sport
  • Sports Facilities management/operations
  • Sports Science/nutrition
  • Working for National governing bodies/Sports organisations
  • Academic/lecture/teaching
  • Sports marketing/broadcasting/journalism
  • Sports events management


Exam Success

The college enters pupils in the AQA GCSE Physical Education examination

2020 GCSE PE results:
33% Achieved Level 7>
91% Achieved Level 5>
98% Achieved Level 4>
2020 BTEC Sport results:
38% Achieved Distinction>
75% Achieved Merit>
100% Achieved Level 2 Pass>


Sporting Celebrations Academic Year 2019-20


This year our pupils have demonstrated resilience and adaptability to ensure we continue to lead the way in yet another successful St Richard’s year of PE and Sport. The first half of the academic year saw our College teams continue to have outstanding performances at national, county and local level. The second half of the 2019-20 academic year demonstrated how strong and dynamic our pupils are in the face of adversity.


All pupils were able to adjust to new methods of participating in PE and our sporting excellence continued to thrive. Virtual Sports Day, Virtual School Games and our Lockdown Challenges all produced incredible and inspiring performances. These events brought pupils, staff and parents/carers together in competitive and inclusive sport. Most recently, St Richard’s won the Virtual X-Country competition against all of the other schools in the Hastings and Rother area.


We continue to see a rise in the number of pupils representing local area and county teams in a wide variety of sports including: football, rugby, hockey, kite surfing, golf, basketball, cricket, karate, horse riding, athletics, cross country and swimming. We look forward to these activities being able to continue across the UK without interruption.




Sports Competitions

All year groups represent St Richard’s and compete in the top ‘A’ Leagues across the wide range of sports competitions in the Hastings and Rother sports partnership. Boys and girls teams have built a strong reputation within the partnership and across the county in many different sports such as:
– Football
– Basketball
– Table Tennis
– Swimming
– Cross Country
– Equestrian
– Netball
– Rugby
– Athletics
– Sports Hall Athletics
– Golf
– Cricket
– Rounders
– Badminton
– Gymnastics


Remote learning in PE


KS3: KS3 pupils have been given a series of lessons by their PE teacher on Google Classroom. The topics being studied by each year group are shown below. Pupils should complete the weekly tasks and submit their work to their class teacher.

Year 7 topic: Designing, performing and developing a circuit training programme.
Year 8 topic: The Components of Fitness.
Year 9 topic: Developing creative and innovative physical activities/challenges.


GCSE PE and BTEC Sport: All lessons for GCSE PE and BTEC Sport are shared by their class teachers through Google Classroom on a weekly basis. These lessons are in line with the same content that pupils in school are learning. Pupils are expected to submit any work completed remotely within a week of their timetabled lesson. GCSE PE and BTEC Sport lessons will be taught as live lessons if whole cohorts are working remotely.

Key Stage 3 Physical Education

KS3 pupils experience a range of activities from a broad-based programme.


These areas include, invasion games, individual activities and net games.


Apart from practical experience in each activity, pupils should increase their knowledge and understanding and learn to evaluate personal performance and the performance of others.
Pupils are practically assessed on performance , knowledge and understanding , health and fitness along with their evaluating skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

KS4 – Sports Studies – Exam Board: AQA


Main features of course content

The GCSE course is offered in Learning Pathway 4.  The course is both practical and theoretical.



Pupils will be practically assessed as a performer across a range of activities. Pupils can also be assessed in other activities which may not be offered at the college.


Practical marks from three activities will make up their practical coursework marks, along with marks from a controlled assessment piece linked to one practical activity.


Practical Assessment – 30%

Controlled Assessment – 10%


Pupils are assessed on the practical content under the following headings:

  1. – Application of skills required in the sport/activity
  2. – Performance in the full context of the sport/activity.


Theory Assessment

Pupils will be assessed in two exams at the end of the two year course:

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical education and sport – 30%

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and wellbeing in physical activity and sport – 30%


There is one tier of entry, covering grade 9 – WT

extra-curricular activities

The department run a number of extra-curricular sports clubs at lunchtime and after school.


This changes throughout the year depending on the sporting season.


A grid of clubs is available on the website and is updated every term.


The college also offers representative opportunities to all pupils in a wide range of sporting activities.


Fixtures and results will be posted on the College website and on the College’s Twitter page.

Updates for the AQA GCSE PE Exams (Summer 2021)



Practical Assessment

Students will be assessed in two activities rather than three. These can be two individual activities, two team activities or one of each.

The overall weighting of the NEA will remain at 40% of the total qualification. The NEA will be marked out of a total of 75 marks (25 marks for each activity and 25 marks for the Controlled Assessment written element). We will then scale these marks.

This year we’ll be moderating by post. There’ll be no moderation visits and work will be moderated using video evidence of students’ performances.

Evidence requirements for practical performance

  • We have kept the amount of evidence we require to a minimum, so the size of your cohort will determine how much evidence we will require. Schools and colleges should ensure that they have as much video evidence as possible (both Part 1 and Part 2) for the following numbers of students:
    • all students if your cohort size is 12 or fewer
    • 12 students if your cohort size is between 13 and 60
    • 15 students if your cohort size is over 60.
  • The video evidence should cover a range of activities, across a range of marks.
  • The range of marks should aim to include the highest scoring student out of 75 and the lowest (non-zero) scoring student out of 75.
  • The video evidence for each student should be in one activity only, not in both activities, and should include evidence for both Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Video evidence should be available for at least four different activities from each school/college, where possible.
  • We will require schools and colleges to adhere to the latest National Governing Body guidance as to how sports can be played in a coronavirus-secure way.
  • We accept that the level of challenge demonstrated by video evidence may not be what we would expect given the issues around playing in competitive sport at the present time.
  • We will be accepting supplementary forms of evidence to support video evidence. More detailed guidance regarding what this might look like and how it can be assessed will be published soon, but it may take the form of written statements from teachers/coaches, formal records of competitive performance times etc. The support materials available in TOLs will be updated to exemplify how this works in practice.
  • We will be publishing further guidance on possible adaptations to competitive context to help with the gathering of evidence.

Changes to moderation of practical performance

We will be using postal moderation for summer 2021.

  • We don’t anticipate that the timelines for submitting marks and for moderation to take place will change. Therefore:
    • Schools/colleges should submit their marks using the PE centre marks and moderation spreadsheet between 15 February – 15 May 2021.
    • Upon receipt of your spreadsheet your moderator will contact you within three working days to request the work.
    • You will have two weeks to post all your video evidence, written NEA, plus any supplementary evidence to your allocated moderator. We will publish more guidance on this as soon as we can.
    • Please only send work to your moderator once it’s been requested.
    • If you feel that you’re unable to meet the evidence requirements, we’ll publish more guidance to help you with this soon.
  • The spreadsheet you use to send us your marks for the NEA will be amended so that you’re able to tell us what evidence you have for your students.

Please note, should there be any industry wide changes to the exam timetables for summer 2021 as a result of Ofqual/JCQ regulation, these dates may be subject to change.

No other changes

There are no other planned changes to our GCSE Physical Education specification or assessments.

  • The written element of the NEA, the performance analysis assessment, is still a requirement of the specification.
  • Students will be examined on the theoretical content of the specification in the usual way.