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Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?

Physical Education is an integral part of our school. It is a subject that contributes a great deal to the ethos of the school. The philosophy of the PE department is in harmony with that of the whole school, we aim to promote students and staff alike to partake in a healthy and active lifestyle. At Bedale High School we believe that each child is entitled to full access to participate in physical education regardless of aptitude or ability. It is our intention to develop the whole child – mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We are aware that all children require a programme of physical education to fulfil their developmental needs. The programme is therefore directed to fulfil each child’s needs in a positive learning environment, which promotes enjoyment, and some appreciation of the subject area.

Facts about leading a Healthy and Active Lifestyle

  • Physical activity can improve health. People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can also help with weight control, and may improve academic achievement in students.
  • Children and young people aged between 5 and 19-years-old should take part in a minimum of 60 minutesof physical activity every day. (BHF)
  • The British Heart Foundation believe UK Governments should be tackling inequalities and ensuring all girls and boys in the UK have access to enjoyable sports and activities, prioritising physical activity in and around the school day, raising awareness of the 60 minutes a day guideline and promoting the benefits of regular activity among children, young people, and their parents.


The Physical Education curriculum at Bedale High School is structured in order to give a wide experience of different sporting opportunities. It contains all areas of study as defined by the National Curriculum. The curriculum is broad, balanced and allows development in an array of sporting activities.

Year 7, 8, 9
All students in Year 7/8/9 receive two PE lessons a week. During their games lesson students will cover team games activities including netball, hockey, football, rugby, basketball and swimming.

In their PE lesson students cover activities such as gymnastics, badminton, health and fitness, multi-sports, athletics and rounders.

Year 10 and 11

All students in Year 10/11 receive one PE lesson a week. Activities include football, rugby, netball, multi-sports, health and fitness, athletics, badminton etc. Students who select GCSE PE will receive an additional lesson as part of the GCSE course.

Overarching Practical Curriculum

The delivery of the curriculum for year 7 through to Year 11 is from a variety of specialised & non-specialist staff. The teaching styles adopted vary according to the sporting activity and level of ability of the classes and individuals. All learning styles are catered for across the range of activities. The aim of every lesson is to ensure that the children have been active and found some enjoyment from the work covered. They will have gained an insight into the activity being developed and found some understanding of the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ related to the activities taught, together with the use of the four strands of the National Curriculum.

Expectations of the PE department regarding kit

  • Students must always bring their PE kit
  • A valid note will be required if a student is excused from taking part physically – Students will still be engaged in the learning of the lesson
  • If students forget their PE kit, they are expected to wear a spare kit provided by school
  • All hair must be tied back during lessons
  • All jewellery must be removed prior to the lesson
  • We strongly encourage students to not bring any valuables with them to their PE lessons but if they do to leave them in the valuables trays provided which gets locked away for security.

This policy is for examination PE Courses:  

GCSE PE – Edexcel

This course is split into four components:

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems – Written examination – 1 hour and 45 minutes – 36% of overall grade.

Component 2: Health and Performance – Written examination – 1 hour and 15 minutes – 24% of overall grade.

Component 3: Practical Performance – Non-examined assessment in 3 separate activities – 30% of overall grade.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme – Non-examined component – 10% of overall grade.

Extension Work and Homework

Students will be expected to complete some written pieces of work including project work. If students are not set a written piece of work the expectation of the PE department is that they complete at least 30 minutes of revision or independent learning.


The PE Department run an extensive extra-curricular programme with multiple activities running each lunch time to meet a variety of different interests. Please see our extra-curricular programme in the extra-curricular area of the website.