Physical Education


Welcome to the Physical Education page. Here you will find everything you need to know about our department, including how we assess pupils and what each year group will be taught.

Curriculum Intent

At Healing Academy, we endeavour to develop the social, emotional and physical well-being of our students. We believe that development in these essential areas allows the students to live successful and happy lives.

Here at Healing Academy we offer opportunities to enhance enjoyment of physical activity. This is done in a caring environment that enables learners to develop confidence and positive attitudes towards sport and physical activities.

The curriculum allows students to develop technical and tactical sporting skills within a range of sports activities. As a result, students become more self-assured and gain knowledge and understanding of their skills and capabilities.

Alongside a broad curriculum the students will also have the opportunity to enhance their performance in a range of optional extra-curricular activities inside and outside school. A sport for all approach provides opportunities for all to participate in sporting activities inside and outside of school time.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Throughout Key Stage 3 our students cover a wide range of sporting activities. This gives the students an experience of as many different sports as the academy can offer.

The curriculum is structured to allow staff to teach specific keys skills in within each sport or activities. This enables the students to gain an understanding of their own abilities as they progress.

Some of the sports and activities covered include:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Tennis

Key skills taught within these sports are refining and adapting skills and techniques, selection and use of tactics and strategies, developing physical and mental capacity.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

At KS3, students are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 3-8, once per term from the sports and activities they have covered. They are given opportunities throughout the SOL to perform skills, select correct tactics and demonstrate knowledge of technical aspects, thus making assessment an ongoing process.

Key Stage 4 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Our Key Stage 4 students cover the same sports and activities as key stage 3. Key Stage 4 students also have the option to take a GCSE qualification in PE to learn the theoretical aspects of the subject. In these lessons students cover the human body and movement in physical activity and sport this includes, the structure of the musculoskeletal system and cardio-respiratory system, the short and long term effects of exercise, lever systems and components of fitness. They also cover Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. Areas cover here include mental preparation for performance, engagement patterns of different social groups, commercialisation and ethical and socio-cultural issues.

Curriculum Overview - Core PE

Curriculum Overview - GCSE PE

How will our pupils be assessed?

All of our Key Stage 4 students are assessed against GCSE PE practical grading criteria for each practical sport they cover, whether or not they are taking a GCSE qualification in PE.

At GCSE, each unit has a final assessment which seeks to assess knowledge recall and key vocabulary. Assessments aim to test knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways from simple recall and multiple choice activities through to extended writing and essay style questions.

GCSE students will receive a qualification based on their performance both practically in a variety of sports and through an external examination sat at the end of year 11.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


4+ “standard” pass




5+ “strong pass”




What can it lead to?

Studying Physical Education can lead to a number of varied and interesting careers ranging from Physical Education teachers and sports coaches to sports journalists and physiotherapists.


Students develop a range of social, emotional and physical skills. They develop social skills through team work and cooperation, emotionally they develop an understanding through increased self-esteem and confidence, and physically they learn to understand the impact on their bodies and the health benefits these bring.

Students continue to develop a wide range of life skills with a focus for the students to gain an enjoyment of sport that is hoped continues throughout their lives. GCSE PE allows students to gain a qualification that can be the building stone for future study within the subject area.