Physical Education


By playing sports children develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, have fun, learn to be a team member, learn about play fair and improve self-esteem.

No other thing in life affords children such opportunity to develop positive character traits and to soak up many quality values as sports does.

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Physical education develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality physical education curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.

Within the units covered, the emphasis is to develop positive attitudes to physical activity, and students are expected to participate fully in all physical education lessons (100% participation policy). Students will work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. The key concepts and processes focused on at Loxford include;

  • Developing physical and mental capacity to succeed.
  • Developing skills/performance.
  • Making and applying decisions.
  • Making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Evaluating and improving performance.

Alongside the physical education curriculum, there are a wide range of extra-curricular clubs available to students at lunchtime and after school.  The physical education department run inter-form competitions, as well as playing fixtures and competitions against other schools.

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PE Disclaimer
Loxford School takes no responsibility for money or electrical equipment (e.g. phones, music players) left in the changing rooms. Valuable items can be stored safely before the lesson in the school reception office.

Our Vision

‘To empower young people, to have a positive approach and understanding of the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, which they take with them into their adult lives. We do this through offering a broad and balanced curriculum, a sense of enjoyment of physical activity and through creating a positive and purposeful learning environment for all students'

PE Roll of Honour - TBC

School Games Mark Awards

We are delighted to announce that Loxford School have been awarded the ‘Gold School Games Mark’ award for the 2022-2023 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement and celebrate keeping young people active. Loxford would like to thank all students who have participated in events over the academic year and to staff for their ongoing support. 

School Games Mark Awards


Useful Links

Healthy Active Lifestyle

Improving Health & Well-being Booklet

Anti-bullying charter for sports teams 

PE Extra-curricular timetable 2024Well Being - Small steps to boost your mood

Well Being - Good for your body, good for your mind 




During Years 7, 8 and 9 all students have two one-hour lessons of physical education each week. The aims at key stage 3 are for students to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.  When they are performing, they will analyse the situations presented to them and apply into practical decisions. They will reflect on their own and others’ performances, finding appropriate ways to improve them.  As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy and active lifestyles. Students will discover what they like to do and what sports they perform strongly in. They will actively seek to get involved in physical activity inside and outside of school, as this will help them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

A wide variety of activities are offered at Loxford these include; athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, handball, health related fitness, netball, rounders, rugby [tag] ,tennis and swimming.

Assessment in PE

Students access activities on a carousel basis, spending an 8-lesson cycle [4 weeks] on a sport. They access a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the academic year. Students get assessed in both their knowledge [rules and tactics] and application of skill [in both technical practice and game related play] in each activity they study. These levels are taken into account across the breadth of the PE curriculum during tracking cycles. The KS3 PE assessment booklet [for individual sports] can be found on the school website and on google classroom, alongside supporting holistic assessment materials ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ which are used to formulate the students overall tracking level.



Examination Level: GCSE
Examination Group: AQA
Examination Value: Paper 1 - 30%

Paper 2  - 30%

Controlled Assessment 40%

Examination Structure:       

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Students will be assessed on the following points:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Students will be assessed on the following points:

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Controlled Assessment:     

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport – 30%

Students will be assessed on the following points:

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).

For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity – 10%

Performance analysis assessment is worth 25 marks and equates to 10% of the overall qualification. Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity. Students can analyse and evaluate their own performance or the performance of another person. This can be carried out in either verbal or written format.

It is assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

Career Value  

PE is a subject accepted by employers as a GCSE. It is useful for students who are considering a career that includes any aspect of sport.  For example:

  • Health and fitness
  • Club and Duty Management;
  • Sales and Marketing;
  • Instructing and Coaching;
  • Consultancy work based on GP referrals - usually with particular sections of the population, e.g. those with diabetes, arthritis;
  • Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Naturopathy and Chiropractic;
  • Lifestyle Consultancy and Nutrition - opportunities are increasing as the sector embraces the concept of wellness.
  • Sport and recreation
  • Sport Development, Performance, Administration and Facility Management;
  • Outdoor Education;
  • General Management in venues including theme parks, cinemas and tourist attractions;
  • Outdoor Pursuits;
  • Sport Media, including writing, PR and marketing;
  • Online games Software Development and Business Development;
  • Management of Holiday and Caravan Parks;
  • Roles within Adventure Tourism and Gap Year Providers.

Overall this specification will encourage our students to:

  • Be inspired, motivated and challenged, and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways
  • Develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being
  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.

GCSE Results 2023

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 74% grades 9-4

GCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 70% grades 9-4.

Support for your Learning

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the overall development of the students in terms of personal, social and physical attributes. Students should experience a Physical Education Curriculum which continually stresses the true value of sporting involvement and physical activity:

In developing positive attitudes, encouraging a sense of responsibility to oneself and others as individuals, whilst generating a sense of fairness, honest involvement and good behaviour In ensuring safe participation, recognising and following relevant rules, laws, codes, etiquette and safety procedures for different activities In promoting health and positive lifestyles through artistic expression and physical activity, this being of equal importance at all levels of ability

The department of Physical Education has a number of clear commitments:

  • To encourage an intrinsic enjoyment of the arts, sport and physical activity.
  • To strive to raise the standard of physical education and sport for all our students.
  • To promote individuality and creativity.
  • To continually extend both our department and teaching to benefit the students, and the wider community.
  • To contribute directly to our primary schools and enhance their work.
  • To increase participation and attainment in physical education within the whole spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • To help today’s young people develop into adults with a lifetime commitment to sport and physical activity.

Useful Links

Links to Mental Health Support Websites for Students


Future Careers for PE:

Whilst studying PE students learn about keeping healthy & fit as well as the systems within the body that are developed when exercising. 

The subject also provides an overview of the socioeconomic factors affecting sport as well as sports psychology. 

PE is a great subject to study students want a career in a sports related field. 

This could be anything from a sports coach to a physiotherapist to a personal trainer.

Science subjects fit well with PE, particularly if students are interested in studying sports science or psychology in the future. 

PE can lead to following careers:

  • Sports Scientist
  • PE Teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Professional Sports person
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy maker at local or international level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal Trainer

Where can PE take you? 

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