Physical Education

The aim of the PE department is, to get the students to:

Belong as part of a team
Believe in their potential
Become the best they can be

Physical Education at Springwell aims to encourage students to be healthy, fit, and active in a world where physical and mental health is increasingly impacting upon everyday life. It does this by:

  • Equipping students with the skills and knowledge to allow them to be physically active and healthy in everyday life, as well as future learning and employment.
  • Challenging students to think analytically, creatively, critically and logically.
  • Develop the soft skills of students, such as communication, resilience, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and respect, etc.
  • Creating an understanding of the impacts of exercise on the individual and the wider society.
  • Giving students a vocabulary that allows them to communicate using sporting terminology.
  • Sequencing learning to aid the transfer of sporting knowledge and skills from the fundamentals to full, competitive games and events.

Key Stage 3

Provide a structured sequence of practical lessons to give a grounding in knowledge and skills that allow students to function as an active citizen, both now and in the future. As well as preparing them to study physical education as a qualification at BTEC level during Key Stage 4.  The course will include:

  • A broad range of different sports (invasion, striking & fielding, net-wall, aesthetics, athletic) developed over Key Stage 3.
  • An introduction to health and fitness, ways to train and the effects on the body.
  • Develop skills and tactics for non-competitive and competitive situations.
  • Encourage opportunities for leadership and officiating.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Promote and encourage opportunities in extra-curricular sporting activities.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 aims to build upon the learners’ knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3. The aim is to develop a rounded sportsperson and effectively prepare students for assessment at the end of Year 11, as well as equipping them to study the qualification at a higher level. The course will include:

  • Acquiring knowledge of fitness for sport and exercise.
  • Develop further skills and tactics for practical sports performance.
  • Opportunities and soft skills for the successful leading of sports activities.
  • Improving personal fitness through training and the application of knowledge and understanding.

Btec Sport

BTEC Sport aims to build upon the learners’ knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3 and apply them in scenario based questions for each assignment. The Health and Fitness units which have been studied in Key Stage 3, allow them to apply this knowledge in 3 out of the 4 units studied at BTEC Sport Level 2. The other unit, develops their leadership skills, which is prepared for with our Leadership Programme for Primary Schools and encouragement of leadership in all PE lessons.

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise

Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport

Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities

Students will have a sound knowledge of all training methods, the effects of exercise on the body and components of fitness that allow us to take part in sport.


Our intent is to extend the skills and knowledge learnt from lesson time and enhance it through an extensive extra-curricular programme. This is based on consistent encouragement from all staff, offering a variety of sports that change from term to term to allow for more students to attend. Also an open door approach to team selections, where anybody can attend and represent their college (in A, B or C teams), as well as having ‘free play’ in their favourite sport in a relaxed environment.