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Tarporley High School
& Sixth Form College

Physical Education


Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.

Muhammad Ali


An inspirational and inclusive curriculum to support the needs of all students across all Key Stages.  An exciting and truly enriching extra-curricular programme to enhance the skill-based learning of the curriculum.  A promotion of lifelong participation in physical activity.

What you can expect studying Physical Education at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

A high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in sport and other physically-demanding activities. It will provide students with the opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.

Physical education at Tarporley aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Key Stage 3 Curriculum – what to expect

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum allows pupils to build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2.  Students will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and their application across different sports and physical activities. They will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and to understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies through team and individual games
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in a variety of physical activities
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances  and plan for improvement to achieve their personal best

Students are assessed at the end of each activity at Key Stage 3. The assessment involves evaluating student ability to perform skills, apply skills and demonstrate an understanding of the activity they are undertaking. There is an equal importance placed on practical skills and understanding, this reflects the assessment at GCSE and ensures all students can achieve.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Curriculum

At GCSE, we follow the Edexcel Physical Education (9-1) specification. Students will receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity. Students will study the 4 component parts of the GCSE specification.

Component 1:  Fitness & Body Systems

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training

Component 2:  Health & Performance

  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences

Component 3:  Practical part of the course  

 Students are required to perform in three sports/activities chosen from a selection of team and individual options.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme  

 Students will choose an aspect of fitness that they would like to improve, complete a 6-8 week training programme and evaluate the progress that they have made.

Key Stage 4 – Core Curriculum

Those students that do not select the GCSE course will follow a core programme of study. Students will choose a ‘core pathway’ to follow each term. The ‘performance pathway’ has a competitive sports influence with students participating in games and individual activities from a variety of sports. The ‘healthy, active lifestyles pathway’ has a health and fitness influence with students participating in activities with a fitness element and will also access our school fitness equipment during lessons.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

PE lessons are only the beginning of the experience of physical education at Tarporley High School.  We deliver opportunities for all students to access an extra-curricular programme to cater for all abilities.

  • Enrichment :  This takes place on a Wednesday afternoon, students have the opportunity to consolidate their skills in traditional sporting activities or try something new such as boxercise or pilates.
  • Lunchtime Clubs:  students can join clubs in a variety of sporting activities that take place daily during the lunchtime break.
  • Inter-tutor:  students have the opportunity to represent their tutor group in many sporting activities and competitions culminating in Sports Day in June.
  • School Teams:  We operate teams that compete in local competitions in many sports including football, netball, handball, hockey, rugby, athletics, tennis, table tennis, fencing and badminton. Many of our successful teams go on to compete at county and regional competitions.