In the PE department, our curriculum is built on 3 pillars:

1.       That knowledge is important to all thinking in PE.

2.       That we understand new things in relation to what we already know.

3.       That retrieving knowledge helps us to remember it for longer.


At Ash Hill Academy our aim in the PE Department is to challenge our pupils to perform in a wide range of areas within Physical Education. We want our pupils to develop confidence in their skills over time, to be proud to demonstrate their learning, and show progress in front of others.

The PE department offers Core PE to every student at Key Stage 3, after which we hope that students choose the option PE at Key Stage 4.

Key Staff

  • Leader of PE - Mr D Hildreth
  • Teacher of PE - Miss M Allott
  • Teacher of PE – Mr L Bullock 
  • Teacher of PE - Mr A Smith (Assistant Principal)
  • Teacher of PE - Miss L Sims (Vice Principal)


It has been shown by numerous studies over time, that regular exercise improves health and fitness, and indeed this has formed the basis of government initiatives such as the NHS Live Well Campaign. As such, participation in Physical Education activities provide students with benefits to mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Mental benefits include:

  • improving self-confidence
  • relief of stress/tension and stress related illness
  • learning/improving trust in others

Physical benefits include:

  • losing excess weight
  • improving posture
  • improving body shape and tone

Social benefits include:

  • learning new terminology
  • making new friends
  • joining sports clubs/fan associations 

Future prospects/careers:

  • Professional Sport               
  • Lifesaving    
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Sports Journalism 
  • Fitness Instructor               
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Photography

Exam Boards & Qualifications

Sport Science Level 1/2 Award/Certificate 

KS3 Details

At Key Stage 3, all students are encouraged to develop their practical performance across a range of sports, both traditional and non-traditional. This allows students to make progress in skill and technical development, as well developing their tactical awareness. 

All students will have the opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others' work, through the use of both written and verbal feedback. Students receive two 1-hour lessons of PE each week. 

Our PE lessons examine all aspects of sport, including performing, officiating and coaching. Students are taught mainly in single-sex groups, are closely monitored in order to help each child succeed, and achieve their full potential. Students will participate in the following activities: Gymnastics, Rugby, Net/Wall games, Basketball, Football, Health Related fitness, Striking and fielding games, athletics.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular clubs, including regular competitions and fixtures with other schools.

KS4 Details

At Key Stage 4, students are encouraged to specialise in Sporting activities that they have a particular interest or talent in. Students are given some opportunity to map their own curriculum, allowing them to build on skills, techniques and tactics previously learnt.

Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in lessons, with more opportunities to develop as sports officials e.g. referee’s, umpires, etc.

Throughout Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular clubs, including regular competitions and fixtures with other schools.

The following activities are delivered to each year group in Core PE;

Year 7 - Rugby, Badminton, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Basketball, Striking and fielding (Rounders/Cricket), Athletics

Year 8 - Gymnastics, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Basketball, Fitness, Outdoor Ed, Striking and fielding (Rounders/Cricket), Athletics

Year 9 - Gymnastics/Parkour, Football, Rugby, Fitness, Outdoor Ed, Basketball, Badminton, Striking and fielding (Rounders/Cricket), Athletics.

Year 10/11 - Range of Invasion games, Net/Wall games (badminton/table tennis), Dodgeball, Striking and Fielding (cricket/rounders). 

Sport Science Level 1/2 Award/Certificate

This is a course that includes both written and practical elements. The course offers students the chance to study key areas of Sports Science linked to fitness, health, injury and performance as well as the science of training and application of training principles. Four units are studied:

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries
  • Applying the principles of Training
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Technology in Sport

The course will help you to become an effective participator in sport as well as be able to see the sports industry as a whole and not just from a performer’s point of view.


Students are marked on coursework that is marked internally then moderated externally. They sit an externally assessed exam for one of the units.


  • Applying the principles of Training (60 marks available)
  • Sports Nutrition (60 marks available)
  • Technology in Sport (60 marks available)

EXAM 25% 

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries (60 marks available)
  • Revision resources below:

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