Physical Education and Sports Science

Physical Education

Through our exciting P.E. curriculum at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, we promise that you will discover and develop:

  • The joy of moving and being physically active for long periods of time.
  • A deep sense of personal accomplishment.
  • The skills to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • A positive outlook on and framework for living your life.
  • The joy of taking part in competitive sports and activities.

We believe strongly that learners are at the centre of everything we do and ensure the utmost progress by following the model below throughout the year.

Curriculum: What we plan for our students to learn.

Pedagogy: The ways in which curriculum is delivered based upon learners’ needs.

Assessment: Used to move learning forwards and communicated with students and parents.

Assessment without levels

In June 2012, the Secretary of state for Education announced that National curriculum levels would be removed and would not be replaced. This provided an exciting opportunity for us to assess the progress of students without attaching a level which was, sometimes, difficult for students to understand. 

Our assessment system is now based on a 3 dimensional approach which we feel allows us to assess the “whole” student and not just performances. Students are now assessed in 3 key areas  :

Hands (doing): Physically competent Growth and development Physically  active Competitive

Head (thinking) Decision makingAnalytical Confident

Heart (behaviour change):Involvement in clubs Character and values Healthy, active lifestyle

At the end of each unit you will be assessed as Foundation, Developing, Secure or Excellence for each of the 3 categories. Throughout each unit, teachers will have conversations with you and suggest ways in which you can progress in each of the 3 areas. 


GCSE Physical Education offers students a more detailed approach to PE through studying the theoretical elements of anatomy and physiology, health related fitness, sports injuries and participation. The course provides an insight into theory of rules and tactics of select sports through observations and evaluations linked to practical work. Through practical lessons, students will learn a range of different sporting activities in depth and will gain experience in these sports through a variety of sports including coach, official and performer. We want to help students fulfil their potential and so offer a range of activities and learning experiences that puts Physical Education at the heart of teaching, learning and assessment.


Sports Science

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. This course provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of different aspects of sports science including sports injuries and nutrition. The course also equips students with practical skills such as learning to design and evaluate a training programme. The breakdown of the course is 75% coursework and 25% examination and would therefore suit students who prefer writing assignments to sitting examinations.