Physical Education

Physical Education and Sporting activity is an essential part of the development of young people.  It improves pupils health and well-being as well as improving self-confidence.  At TGS, the pupils have the opportunity to take part and learn new skills in a variety of activities throughout the year as well as getting involved in the extra-curricular programme and challenge themselves in matches against other schools.

Our teams have been very successful and many pupils go on to reach high levels in Sport during their time at the school and after.

The School also run Sports related residential and day trips such a Football Tours, Rugby masterclasses, Ski Trips and Watersports holidays.


At Key Stage 2, it is essential that young people work on their fundamental motor skills through enjoyment and Games-based learning.  Key Stage 2 pupils are taught by PE specialists and so are able to get the most out of their PE and Games lessons.

An example of the Key Stage 2 programme is shown below but is not exhaustive.

  • Autumn Term - Tag Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Health & Fitness
  • Spring Term - Swimming, Football, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball
  • Summer Term - Kwik Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Tennis



At Key Stage 3, we focus on the improvement of skill level and establishing a good understanding of tactics and compositional ideas in a range of activities.  The pupils will be involved in more competitive matches and will learn about the benefits of exercise on health and well-being.

An example of the Key Stage 3 programme is shown below but is not exhaustive -

  • Autumn Term - Rugby Union, Netball, Hockey, Health & Fitness, Cross-Country
  • Spring Term - Football, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton
  • Summer Term - Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Athletics, Tennis


If you are passionate about sport and enjoy living a healthy lifestyle then GCSE PE is for you. You will improve your all-round sporting ability as well as try new sports; you never know, you may have a hidden talent!

You will acquire knowledge about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle which will ensure you stay fit and healthy long after your school days.

Course Outline

The content of OCR’s GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education is divided into three components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas.

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Applied anatomy and physiology

Physical training

Physical factors affecting performance

60 marks

1 hour

Written paper


of total GCSE

Socio-cultural influences

Sports psychology

Health, fitness and well-being

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

60 marks

1 hour

Written paper


of total GCSE

Practical activity assessment

Evaluating and Analysing Performance (EAP)

Performance in physical education

80 marks

Non-exam assessment


of total GCSE

Non-exam Assessment 

Candidates will be assessed practically in three sports taken from the approved activities list. The three sports must include –

  • from the ‘individual’ list
  • from the ‘team’ list
  • other from either list

In addition to three practical performances, candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to Evaluate and Analyse (EAP) their own performance in order to:

  • Analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance
  • Produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance

You will have the chance to see some world class sporting events as part of the GCSE PE course. Recent trips have included: The Paralympic Games, NBA Basketball, Premiership Rugby Union, International Football and Elite Cycling.

A Level

Physical Education is accepted by Universities as a valuable AS or A level, on a par with all other subjects. Taking the subject can help students who are intending to follow a career in the sporting or leisure world, where opportunities are vast and varied. It can also provide an excellent contrast in the school day for students with an interest in this area who are taking AS and A levels in more ‘traditional’ subjects.  Some theory components link well with the Sciences and the course allows for analytical and critical thinking.

Physical Education is accepted by Universities as a valuable qualification showing a well-rounded individual with theory and practical components. Taking the subject can help students to pursue higher education and a future career in the ever expanding and lucrative Sport and Leisure industry.

The benefits of Physical Activity are becoming ever more important in our daily lives.  Studying Physical Education will allow you to understand why and encourage you to spread the word far and wide to make the nation healthier and happier in the future. Future careers in Sport could give opportunities to travel the world and work with elite sports people.   If you are interested in the world of Sport and exercise, then A Level PE is the subject for you!

Course Outline

The AS includes sections on Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills and Socio-Cultural Studies and is 70% theory and 30% practical.  AS is examined via two written examinations.

Practical Coursework is internally assessed but externally moderated on one chosen activity. This usually involves performing that sport to a high level, alternatively, the candidate can be assessed as a coach of their chosen sport.  Candidates are also required to observe a performance in their chosen sport, then Evaluate and Analyse Performance for Improvement (EAPI), and give an oral response outlining their action plan. The EAPI is worth 15% of the final grade.

At A2, the weighting of the components remains the same (70% theory, 30% practical).  A2 includes topics from Historical Studies, Comparative Studies, Sports Psychology, Biomechanics and Exercise and Sport Physiology.  A2 is examined via 3 written examinations.

As with the AS, candidates are assessed as a performer or coach in one chosen sport and must complete a more detailed EAPI.