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Intent Statement

The Saint Paul’s Physical Education Department is committed to creating an environment that encourages students to develop their understanding of the part that exercise and physical activity has on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We aim to challenge each pupil to demonstrate their full potential. We recognise the needs of all pupils and strive to provide ample opportunities centred on key knowledge and skills that allow pupils to feel a sense of achievement through self-belief, competition, leadership and performance.

Saint Paul’s PE thrives upon the knowledge that our students have the skills to leave us as lifelong participators in exercise and physical activity, having been exposed to a broad range of sport and exercise opportunities within our curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities.

We believe a knowledge of sport, exercise and the human body allows students to gain an understanding of how to keep themselves well, safe and healthy now and for generations to come.

We provide a curriculum that is broad and balanced, following each strand of the National Curriculum. This has been created with consideration of our Saint Paul’s demographic, pupil voice and in collaboration with our post 16 destinations.

We encourage playing as part of a team in the spirit of our Catholic ethos; we all have our own unique talents and recognise that just as a body has many parts, all its many parts form one body in Christ. Just as a team has many players, each with different roles, we are one.

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Sports Studies

HEAD OF PE:  Mr Mawn
EXAM BOARD:  OCR, Cambridge National, Sports Studies Certificate

Mr Whiteside (Deputy Headteacher)
Mr Wilson (Progress Leader)
Mrs Rudd
Ms Carter-Bloor
Course Outline

The Sports Studies qualification takes a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/ physical education themes. Learners have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Learners will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.


The course is made up of four modules, consisting of one exam and three pieces of coursework;
R051- Contemporary Issues in Sport
R052- Developing Sports Skills
R053- Sports leadership
R054- Sport and the Media

Higher Education Courses/Careers

Sixth Form: GCE A Level Physical Education BTEC level 2/3 Sport

Physical Education can be studied with a variety of other subjects at University.

Careers where this course may be useful are teaching, coaching, youth and community work, sports journalism, physiotherapy, sports scientist, sport and leisure managers, fitness consultants, nutrition and sports performance analysis.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications

Reading List


PE Options 2021

Sports Studies Options 2021

Dance Options 2021