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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Physical Education


To provide an inspiring experience to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and sport for all.



PE at the Piggott School is at the heart of our community, we promote the school's vision of looking out into the world and ‘Go and do likewise’, using the windows, mirrors and doors approach.  We adhere to the National Curriculum framework and aim to provide continuity of learning embedding the physical development and skills learned in Key stages 1 and 2. We offer a broad and varied curriculum that will help develop:

  • Competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities 
  • To ensure students are physically active for sustained periods of time 
  • Opportunities to engage in competitive sports and activities 
  • Lead healthy, active lives.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities building character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

We offer an extensive extra-curricular which is both competitive and non-competitive catering for all students' interests. There are a plethora of opportunities to participate in competitive sport to build character and cooperation as well as the schools values of Respect, Honesty, Equality, Dedication, Courage and Love.

The PE curriculum is routinely adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND, developing their skills and abilities via an incremental programme suited to individual needs. The emphasis is on confidence, competence and independence



All students in 7, 8 and 9 receive 5 lessons of high-quality Physical Education a fortnight from highly qualified and experienced specialists. All students take part in Core PE as part of their school curriculum including a lifestyle lesson implementing GCSE PE content at a basic level.  Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum to support the curriculum intent. Students work on sports specific units lasting no more than 9 weeks at a time. For specific details please see curriculum maps below. The aim of the PE curriculum is to provide an inspiring experience to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and sport for all, as well as giving students the foundation of knowledge and skills if they wish to opt for a PE examination course in YR9. What we offer is continually reviewed to enhance the development of students at The Piggott School.

Throughout KS3 students are taught in ability groups for PE to stretch and challenge individuals and ensure students are working at the correct pace to suit their learning needs. In Yr7 students undertake a carousel of activities in the first term which help to inform which group they would be best suited to. Assessment within the department is through Head, Heart and Hands,  designed to shape future learning. Formative and summative assessment is used to gauge how well pupils are learning the content outlined in the curriculum.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer pathways to suit students’ interests. In YR9 they get to experience taster sessions for BTEC Dance as well as an opportunity to do the Sports Leaders Course if they so wish.


Pupils following the Core PE route continue to follow a broad curriculum designed to further encourage participation in Sport and Physical Activity for lifelong physical, social and emotional well-being. The PE curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to ensure that every child has access to the statutory areas of the PE National Curriculum regardless of ability or gender. This sequencing is modelled around access to the facilities available.

Students who have a passion for dance can opt to do the BTEC Dance course where students have the option of performing in the yearly Dance display.

Those who chose to do GCSE PE will continue this pathway as well as core PE in YR10 and YR11.


For those students wishing to continue the academic PE pathway we offer OCR A level PE and Level 3 Cambridge Activity in Sport course. From following this pathway many students have gone on to university to study sport further.

As a school we recognise the importance of physical activity and mental well-being and continue our offer of PE into YR12.  On a Wednesday afternoon YR12 can participate in a form of physical activity. We have tailored this to students interests and it ranges from the more traditional sports to Pilates where we have an external instructor who comes in to lead the sessions. Fixtures also take place at this time for those who are representing the school senior football teams both girls and boys.

Curriculum Impact

The department’s consistently high examination results support the impact that PE has on pupils at The Piggott School as well as the number of students attending clubs and representing the school in fixtures. GCSE results have been consistently significantly above National averages.

As a department we compete at District, County and National level in a number of sports. This involvement is celebrated at an annual Sports Awards afternoon which is one of the highlights of the year. We are lucky to have staff from outside of the department also eager to contribute to the ever developing extra-curricular programme.

Student voice is always very positive regarding PE and we listen to suggestions by students to improve what we offer further.

Students are consistently taught the skills and knowledge to enjoy and succeed in Physical Education and this can be seen in the delivery of all lessons throughout the department.

All of this ensures that we have done everything we can to ensure that students have a lifelong involvement in Physical Activity to lead a healthy activity lifestyle in the future.


GCSE Physical Education 


A Level Physical Education 


Cambridge Technical Sport (CTEC)