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Marshland High School

Physical Education

 The PED’s ethos is very much centred on encouraging each and every individual to reach their potential. The lessons and units of work are designed around being informative, fun and with high levels of activity. A diverse range of extra-curricular clubs are always heavily populated and fixtures against other schools are plentiful. We are a recognised ‘centre’ for the sports of Hockey and Table Tennis. Independent learning and various teaching styles help to give the dynamic lessons a real edge. Hockey, football, netball, basketball and athletics are target sports.

Pupil participation is extremely high and we are rightly proud of all their achievements and progress. The department is staffed by 5 members of staff: 3 male and 2 female.

Trips, Visits and Whole School Events

Trips and visits include a highly popular and established hockey and basketball tour to Spain, a trip to the Brecon Beacons for Kayaking and Climbing (GCSE PE - Optional). 

We have also arranged trips to see football matches at  Wembley Stadium, the tennis championships at Wimbledon and the O2, two cricket trips (Twenty Twenty and Test Match) and the BBL Basketball final.

Regular whole school events are held by the PED. These have recently included a fitness challenge (The Turkey Buster) where record attendance saw over 420 staff and pupils participated in a 30 day voluntary training programme.

Key Stage 3

In all KS3 classes the emphasis is based upon skill acquisition, the breakdown of sports with a high energy, fun and enthusiastic involvement from all.  An overview of the sports covered is:  Hockey, Netball (girls), Football (boys), Basketball, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA), Health Related Fitness, Table Tennis, Trampoline, Handball, Athletics, Tennis, Kwik Cricket and Rounders.

Key Stage 4 (Core)

In KS4 lessons the pupils follow a ‘loose option’ of sports which enables the individual to pick which sports they study from a choice of 4 per half term.  This allows the individual pupil to ‘map’ their own way through an intelligent and well publicised Physical Education curriculum.  This helps the individual pupil to invest and immerse themselves in their own physical learning and gives them a sense of ownership.  The emphasis on lessons is based upon pacey, high energy output with maximum enthusiasm, as they have chosen their activity.  Sports covered are Mixed Hockey, Mixed Netball, Mixed Football, Mixed Basketball, Aerobics, Celebrity Fitness, Circuit Training, Boxercise, Table Tennis, Handball, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, Decathlon, Trampolining, Kwik Cricket, Tennis and everyone will do a Rounders competition in half term 6.  This means that all pupils will have studied a key invasion game, a health related fitness, had the choice to study a net/wall game, a field striking game and an aesthetic based activity whilst all have been immersed in a competitive situation (league Rounders).

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

The PE GCSE course follows the EDEXCEL level 2 (9-1) exam board.  Units of theory work followed are:

  • Component 1 -  Applied anatomy and physiology, Health Fitness and Wellbeing, Movement analysis, Physical Training and the use of Data (interpretation)
  • Component 2 – Socio Cultural influences, Sports Psychology and the Use of Data (Interpretation)

The course is heavily linked to the core subject of Science (helping the pupils in this area too)  The GCSE PE course is 30% practical, 60% theory work (two exams) and a 10% piece of written coursework project (PEP – Personal Exercise Plan) – a 1500 word assignment.  Literacy skills are of paramount importance, such is the extent of the specific terminology.

Sports Leadership

The Marshland PED ‘Sports Ambassador’ scheme is a well-established recognition of our young sports leaders.  A selection of pupils who are good role models and love their sports can get recognised and be awarded a badge to wear on their school tie stating that they are sports ambassadors.  This leadership role involves being at specialised meetings, officiating primary school events, staffing a school parents evening in their pristine Sports Kit, and of course having a large input into student voice.


Students’ need to refrain from getting fresh piercings until the start of the six weeks holiday. If a student get a fresh piercing during school time they will still be instructed to remove it for PE lessons. They should practice taking them in and out at home so that the removal at school will not be a problem.

Students should remove all personal effects (which include piercings) for every practical PE lesson for health and safety reasons. Placing tape over the earrings is not appropriate, nor allowed as this would not stop the stud penetrating the bone (fractured skull) behind the ear should an unintentional blow be received. Indemnities from parents are not lawful and cannot be adhered to. Students who will not remove items will be isolated.

All long hair needs to be secured (hair bands, clips, grips, hat, elastic bands, etc) for both boys and girls. Hair longer than eyebrows is long enough to obscure a child’s view and therefore needs securing.

If a pupil is present at school then they are expected to take an
active role in all lessons – this includes PE – the only exemption relates to injuries – if a child is injured, we still require them to bring their PE kit and take an active part in the warm up if possible, then peer coach and become immersed in the PE lesson.  Pupils without kit will be issued with some from the PE department – All kit is washed and laundered on site. Pupils who do not bring their PE kit will be issued school PE kit and are expected to wear it. All kit is laundered.

All pupils trainers (footwear) needs to be appropriate and laces/Velcro bands need to be tied/done up. If trainers are to be used for indoor PE lessons they have to be free of mud/grass, etc.