Physical Education

Curriculum Leader: Mr J Curtis

Subject Teachers: Mr J Curtis, Mr P Clarke, Ms L Martin, Miss C Williams, Ms V Jeleascov and Mr M Alaile

I think you want to try every sport possible just to experience life

Jose Canseco

There are hurdles to overcome in sport and in life.  Sport is a very valuable learning ground for how to live your life in the best possible way

Lynne Davies

Cove School PE Vision

Every child will experience high quality PE that is challenging, inclusive, safe and fun with confidence as the first step to a life long journey.

  • Challenging - Every student will have the opportunity to try their personal best.
  • Inclusive - All students matter not just their ability.
  • Safe - Every student has the right to feel safe in their lesson.
  • Fun - Enjoyment is the heart of every PE lesson.
  • Confidence - To make mistakes and know they will not be judged on them.

The Power of PE and School Sport

  • Develop confidence and self belief
  • Improve academic performance
  • Enhance physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Improve attendance
  • Improve behaviour and social relationships
  • Develop character and employability skills

The overarching aim of the physical education curriculum is to build confidence through a variety of different challenges in a safe and fun environment and inspire all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, build character, ignite self-worth and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

KS3 Curriculum

The Learning Journey

Year 7 - Developing physical literacy and embedding the enjoyment of physical education.

Year 8 - Skill development and competition

Year 9 - Bringing out the leader in me

Our Key Stage 3 PE curriculum is designed to allow all students to naturally progress through a broad range of competitive and high quality physical activities, whilst at the same time, providing opportunities for success and personal development.  Our curriculum boasts the equality of our provision for both male and females who both gain the same experiences in a wide range of activities.  Students will have a chance to become confident and competent in the activities which they undertake, leading to one of our main department aims of improving confidence and stimulating student interest and enjoyment in P.E., so that a fit and active healthy lifestyle may be achieved.

The students are assessed three times over an academic year on their physical literacy and components of fitness using standardised tests.  It is evident that a student who is physical literate demonstrates more confidence and this will be radiated in the classroom and carry with them later on in life.  The components of fitness are transferable and enable the students to identify areas of strength and weakness for the purpose to help with their own personal development.  This allows for close and personal monitoring of student progress and also for more personal and specific targets to be set and interventions to be made, making sure that every single child achieve their personal best with confidence.

The Aim of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum is to Ensure that all Students:

  • Enjoy being active and value the benefits that exercise has on their physical, mental and social health.
  • Develop both physical literacy and components of fitness in an inclusive environment
  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Overcome challenges and perform to their personal best
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities

Students will be Taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance
  • 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 compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Sports Leaders

In Year 9 the students have the opportunity to complete a Cove Leadership Award and have the opportunity to teach PE to primary school students. Elite leaders will be provided with opportunity to assist with the delivery of primary school sports days and other events. The leadership course aims to empower young people to become more confident, inspire their peers and to develop their leadership abilities. We also strive to develop the next generation of volunteers in sport through growing the skills, confidence and competence of young people and members of the school workforce.

KS4 Curriculum

The Learning Journey

Year 10 - Passion for sport and leading others.

Year 11 - Implementing independence for being active and the enjoyment of physical education

The KS4 Core PE curriculum serves to reinforce the benefits of physical activity and school sport in the view to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills that are established in KS3 PE programme. We strive to empower students to develop a desire to lead an informed, active and healthy lifestyle at school and beyond and make choices that will best suit their individual needs.  We desire all Cove students to leave Cove School enjoying physical education, valuing their own heath and wellbeing, understanding the benefits of being active and find activities that they enjoy and continue to do so into adulthood.


Our extra-curricular provision provides equal opportunities for both male and females who both gain the same experiences in a wide variety of activities including boys and girls football, basketball, cricket, rounders, athletics, dance and gymnastics clubs at both competitive and recreational levels.  Cove students can choose from performing competitively against other schools or just for fun with their friends.

Students will be encouraged to participate in extra- curricular activities and have opportunities to take on additional roles and responsibilities.  As a KS4 student there will be further opportunities which include mentoring, volunteering, leading extra- curricular activities and acting as positive ambassadors for the school, within tutor groups, year groups and house groups. These activities provide unique opportunities for students to develop communication, interpersonal and leadership skills that are invaluable for their future and prized by universities and employers.

AQA GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education provides students with knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling students to make informed choices about their own physical development. The course also gives students the opportunity to choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in and use for their final assessment.

1 Written Examination 60%

Theory Papers

Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.

Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.

Both exam papers will last 1 hour 15 minutes and contain multiple choice and short answer questions along with extended answers based on different sporting scenarios.

2. Non-exam assessment 40%

Internal assessment and external moderation.

NEA assessment comprises of two parts:

Part 1:

  • Performance (practical performance 3 x 25 marks= 75 marks)
  • Students will be assessed in three activities as a player or performer
  • The first practical assessment must be in a team sport or activity.
  • The second practical assessment must be in an individual sport or activity.
  • The third practical assessment can be from either a team or an individual sport or activity.

Part 2:

Analysis and evaluation

  • Course work can be produced in written text or verbally.
  • 10% of overall qualification (25 marks).
  • Assessed on: analysis (15 marks per activity) and evaluation (10 marks per activity)
  • Students can analyse and evaluate their own performance or the performance of another person
  • Analysis and evaluation can only be carried out on an activity listed in the specification

Successful study of GCSE PE could be the first step to a career in sport and the ever-expanding industry.



British artistic gymnast who represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also represented Great Britain at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships. After her elite career, she attended the Stanford on a gymnastics scholarship.


Tommy BellENGLAND & PREMIERSHIP RUGBY PLAYER - TOMMY BELL (Previous Cove School Rugby Captain)

Rugby union player for the Leicester Tigers. He plays as a full-back, fly-half and at centre. He began his career with Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership, but moved to Wasps for the 2012/2013 season, playing alongside his brother Chris Bell. On 6 June 2014, Bell made his move to the RFU Championship as he signed a contract with Jersey. However, after a month with Jersey, Bell was granted early release from his contract since a top-flight club made an approach to him where he will officially move to Leicester Tigers.



During his time on the national junior squad, Levi competed at a number of competitions. He has won both gold and silver medals at the British Open in 2009 and 2011, as well as bronzes at both the Dutch and German Opens. In 2013, the heavyweight fighter came first in the Spanish Open and is now hoping to continue the same level of success.


An off-spin bowler and lower-middle order batsman. Shaun played for Hampshire for 18 years until 2007.  He then came out of retirement to play for Middlesex for two years. He played over 300 first class matches, taking more than 800 wickets, and in over 400 limited overs games taking more than 450 wickets. Shaun was selected to play for England in 4 test matches and 11 one day internationals including being a member of England's Test team for their tours to Pakistan and India in 2005/06.


Sport & Physical Activity Enrichment Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in our extensive range of physical education and school sport enrichment activities. Here there are plenty of opportunities to take on a number of leadership roles and responsibilities and also meet other students. As a KS4 student there are further leadership opportunities which include mentoring, volunteering, leading extra-curricular activities and also acting as positive ambassadors for the school, organising inter house competitions and assisting with whole school events such as sports day.  All of these activities provide unique opportunities for students to develop communication, interpersonal and leadership skills that are invaluable for their future and prized by universities and employers. We also take part in many charitable events and have strong links with our local Frimley Park Hospital Breast Cancer Unit Charity.

Gifted and talented pupils are given opportunities to progress to district, county and international levels.

All gifted and talented students are also given extra support where necessary.

If you don’t know why you have failed, how can you improve?  If you don’t know how you have succeeded it must be an accident

Lord Coe

Other Information

ALL students are expected to bring the appropriate school kit for Physical Education lessons, for further guidance on kit policy refer to the student planner.

Please note: It is the students' responsibility to inform parents of the time at which they need collecting from School after a fixture or extra-curricular club as well as any cancellations that may occur.

This is particularly important for PE fixtures that take place at other venues as the days and times differ due to the location of the fixtures and students may return from school anywhere between 4:30 and 6.30pm. Students will be told the details by the relevant member of staff prior to any fixture or event.  

Key Website to Support Learning / Useful Resources:

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