Physical Education


The aim of the P.E. Department must be to educate the individual in all aspects of physical development, health and the acquisition of skills, to enable enjoyment, interest and participation in a variety of activities, not only in the school environment, but throughout life.

Physical Development
The all round development of the individual through progressive methods to result in the development of the main muscle groups; to give a high degree of mobility, strength and stamina, to produce beneficial effects upon the principal systems of the body, and to help reduce bodily weaknesses and defects.

Moral and Social Development
To foster such qualities as team spirit, co-operation, self-motivation, leadership. Perseverance and courage through participating in physical activities. General effects on character would be helped by the aim to influence children in their own personal standards of behaviour and in their obligations and responsibilities to the group of which they form a part.

Acquisition of skill
To foster an interest in such aspects as training methods, techniques, tactical schemes and mechanics of physical skills: the pleasure of watching activities with technical knowledge and interest; the understanding of the body and its functions and limitations; and the general fitness and all that is connected with a healthy way of life.

Equal Opportunities
The provision of Physical Education should enable all children to benefit from the curricular and extra-curricular activities. There should be no barriers to access or opportunity based on gender, race, culture, ability or age. The schemes of work in P.E. coupled with setting in the Games lessons mean that the less able are catered for as well as the more able pupil being challenged. The programme includes a range of activities which provides for all levels of ability and pupils are encouraged to improve and develop their skills to the best of their ability through both curricular and extra-curricular activities.


Facilities at King Henry VIII have been modernised and improved over the last few years. We have a sports hall which accommodates full sized playing areas for Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis and Volleyball and a climbing wall . There is an upstairs Gymnasium/Dance studio which is also used for Fencing and other activities.

A state of the art 6 lane 25 metre Swimming pool which also accommodates a full sized fitness suite and a classroom for the teaching of A Level P.E.

Outside facilities include shared use of a double, floodlit astro-turf, 2 grass Hockey pitches, 3 Netball courts, 3 Tennis courts, 5 Rugby pitches, 2 cricket squares, an artificial cricket wicket, outdoor cricket nets and 2 junior football pitches

What we do:

Years 8–11 receive one Physical Education lesson of 50 minutes per week, and all pupils are timetabled for one Games afternoon per week of approximately 2 hours. Pupils in Year 7 have 2 P.E. lessons a week, one of which is a swimming lesson. The department is currently staffed by two full-time female and two full-time male specialist teachers, who are assisted by several part-time specialists. A large number of academic staff help on Games afternoons, and coaches are employed in a number of sports.

The major winter activities are Rugby, Hockey and Cross Country in the Boys’ department, and Netball and Hockey in the Girls’ department.  Dance and Aerobics are offered to girls in Year 10.  As the pupils progress into the senior years in school, the option system allows them to choose from a wide range of team and individual activities, both on and off site.

The PE programme includes Gymnastics, Dance, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Health-related fitness, Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Softball and Swimming.


We follow the OCR specification. In the first year of study, students will follow two units, one of which is practical and one of which is theoretical. The theory section is examined in May/June and the practical unit is assessed throughout the year.

The theory unit (G451) comprises three sections: Anatomy and Physiology, Acquisition of Skill and Socio-Cultural. The course content of AS and A2 PE is very diverse and this diversity is one of the aspects that appeals to students. Topics studied include: Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems and their effects on sporting performance, Violence and Drug abuse in Sport and Motivational Strategies. The practical unit (G452) entails the student having to perform in two different sports, chosen from different activity profiles and also an oral response to a performance in a sport, identifying strengths and weaknesses.

In the second year of study, students will once again study two units. The theory section (G453) again comprises three sections: Anatomy and Physiology, The History of Sport and Psychological aspects of Performance. Some of the topics covered are: The energy systems, the role of the nineteenth century public schools in the development of sport and attitude. As in the AS year the exam is in June. The practical unit entails the students specialising and performing in one of the sports that was performed in the AS year. There is also another oral response to a performance in their particular sport.

Many of the students who have studied A-Level PE have gone on to pursue degree courses related to the ever expanding industries of Sport Science, Sport Management/Development and Sports Injury at Universities all over the UK. For example, Edinburgh University, Durham University, Oxford Brookes University, Bournemouth University and Coventry University. Other recent students of A-level PE have secured places at a range of universities on a variety of courses:

University of Leicester (Law), University of Manchester (Biology), Sheffield Hallam University (Business and Marketing), University of Manchester (Management and Leisure), Leeds Metropolitan University (Events Management), University of the West of England, Bristol (Economics).


Director of Sport Mr J Fitt
Head of Girls' PE and Games Mrs R Mason
Teaching staff:  Mr D Lees, Mr C McKee, Mrs J Morris, Mrs K Owens, Mr A Parker, Mrs A Pontin, Miss C Southall.
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