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Physical Education

The Academy PE department has:

  • Seven student changing rooms
  • Three Officials changing rooms.
  • Two staff offices
  • Sports hall (930m x 17m) with multi sport scoring unit
  • A State of the Art Fitness Centre
  • Dance studio
  • Floodlit Astroturf (100m x 60m) comprising Football and Hockey pitches
  • Tarmac games area comprising 4 netball courts or 5 tennis courts
  • Rugby pitches – One full size and one junior size
  • Football pitches – 1 large and 2 small football pitches
  • Concrete throwing circle and a Long / Triple jump sandpit

Physical EducationThe department is well equipped to teach most sports and also has access to audio visual and ICT aids for teaching. Both staff and students have access to a digital and video library. The department is also well equipped with specialist equipment such as fitness testing equipment and Trampolines.

The Academy has an active House System which involves a large number of sporting activities throughout the year. These include Sports Day and the Swimming Gala, two of the larger events.

The department is actively involved in a large range of activities and fixtures involving local schools within the Middlesbrough and Cleveland County Schools Football Leagues, Middlesbrough Schools Rugby competitions, Middlesbrough Schools Netball Leagues, Middlesbrough and Cleveland County Schools Hockey Leagues, Middlesbrough and Cleveland County Schools Athletics and Cross Country Competitions.

Together with the other Academies within Emmanuel Schools Foundation we are also involved in additional events such as; ESF Lions Rugby Tour, ESF Olympics and the ESF Rugby Day.

As part of our links with our feeder Primary Schools we organise and host a number of Primary Schools competitions culminating in our own Y6 mini Olympics.

As well as our many external fixture and tournaments within Durham, North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Middlesbrough we are also involved with  in the  Emmanuel 7’s rugby tournament, University of Teesside 6th form visits, social trips with the Sixth Form, Step into sport 16- 19 Volunteers Conference, and CSLA Primary liaison work.

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 – Core PE

Every student in the Academy has one double lesson of two forty-five minute lessons per week in which a variety of winter and summer games are taught these include;

Boys – Rugby, Basketball, Health Related Fitness, Outdoor Education, Football Leadership, Athletics, Tennis and Cricket.

Girls – Hockey, Netball, Outdoor Education, Health Related Fitness, Trampolining, Gymnastics, Athletics Tennis and Rounders.

Each student also takes part in a health related fitness program each year.

Key Stage 4 Examination Courses on Offer


Fitness SuiteThe course looks at all factors affecting physical performance in sport and reasons for participation in physical activities. Basic exercise physiology, sports psychology and social and cultural issues affecting sport are also examined.

Students will cover four practical activities. The four activities have to be chosen from at least  two of six available categories for Physical Education.

Students will be assessed on their demonstration of skills and application of them in a competitive situation and ability to assess other players. Students will also be required to plan, perform and evaluate a personal exercise programme. They will also be formally assessed on their ability to observe and analyse others’ performance. Practical work finishes in March of Year 11 so that more time can be devoted to theory work.

Key Stage 5 Examination Courses on Offer

A Level PE

PE - FootballIn the first year there are two main study topics. The first of these covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. In the second study topic the students learn how to analyse and evaluate an athletes performance, how to improve performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills. In the second year students have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athletes making.

In the first year students have two assessments. The first is a written paper which covers the first study topic of the year. This paper accounts for 60% of your marks for the year. The second assessment is a practical exercise where you will mark as a player and/or coach and/or official, depending on your personal goals. This practical assessment is based on the second study topic of the year and accounts for 40% of your marks for the year. A pass is recognised with an AS level. The assessment for the second year is the same. A two hour paper on the first study topic of the year accounts for 60%of your marks. Then a practical performance in a competitive situation as a coach, official or performer, along with your oral and written presentation on how to correct weaknesses in an athlete, will account for the remaining 40% of marks for the year.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a qualification comprising of core and specialist units which cover aspects of knowledge, understanding and competency necessary for employment within the sector. This course is suitable for 16-19 year olds, there is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. Candidates will require a high skill level, a wide range of sporting skills and a commitment to coaching and leading others. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a Level 4 programme.

Sixth Form Enrichment

We offer a wide range of activities designed to offer new experiences and aimed at promoting ongoing participation in sporting activities, and exercise outside of College. Sixth Form PE also gives those who are members of College teams more time to practice together. Students are offered these various different activities on a six-week rotation.

CSLA (Community Sports Leadership Award) is a widely recognised qualification that helps young people to gain knowledge and confidence in leading sports activities with children. Students have the option to follow this course during the second two terms of Year 12.


For more information on all topics covered in Physical Education, please click here.