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“I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

Welcome to the PE subject page. Below you will find a breakdown of each year group, including what is taught, how we assess, what enrichment opportunities there are and what can be expected in terms of homework. If you need any further information please contact the Head of Department, Mrs Suckling, at nsuckling@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk.

Click here to see a visual representation of our PE curriculum from Year 7 - Year 13



Homework is set on a regular basis by the class teacher and can be accessed by logging into your Go4Schools account. 

Here are links to websites to enhance your learning:  


The PE Classroom



The enrichment opportunities will be updated early in the new academic year.

Ability Groupings

PE is taught in groups based on ability from Year 7 to Year 11.

Sports Studies is taught in mixed ability groups in Year 10 to Year 13. 

Teaching Staff 

Mr N Suckling (Head of PE)

Mrs R Russell 

Miss H Cooper

Mr R Williams

Mr T Mills 




Primary Phase

Our physical education teaching inspires children to develop and deepen competence in a broad range of physical activities.

It ensures that our children develop fundamental movement skills to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination. They work individually and with others as well as on co-operative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Our children will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own and their peers’ performances.

We see physical development as a key factor in improving every child’s emotional wellbeing by developing independence, respect, teamwork, resilience, persistence and creativity through sporting opportunities.

We encourage children to succeed and excel in competitive sport, both against themselves and against others, and to take part in other outdoor and adventurous activity challenges.

We are fortunate to be able to work with our older pupils in the Secondary and Sixth Form phases who will be supporting our young pupils during some lessons, for sporting tournaments and competitions as well as inspiring them when our young pupils get to watch the many competitive elements of Cromwell secondary sport.

Physical Education at Cromwell provides opportunities for pupils to grow, thrive and lead healthy, active lives.

We have now achieved the  bronze standard for PE.


Key Stage 3

What do we teach?

Please follow the link at the top of this page to view the PE Curriculum Map.

How do we assess learning?

Follow the links below to determine if your child is working to secure level:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 1
Autumn Term 2 Autumn Term 2 Autumn Term 2

Key Stage 4


All pupils follow a course in physical education as core PE.

What will I study?

Some of the following activities may be offered to you:

Rugby, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, handball, hockey, football, netball, fitness activities, cricket, athletics and rounders.

How will I learn?

You will be given instruction and guidance in all of these sports and activities.  You will participate and be given the opportunity to improve your skills and your fitness.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed under these headings:

  • Participation  -  how regularly you take part
  • Organisation  -  of your kit and equipment
  • Collaboration  -  how you are part of a team, as a team member and team leader
  • Independence  -  how you work independently, without close supervision
  • Practical  -  how you demonstrate your physical and/or practical skills

Will there be any independent study?

There will be no independent study for this course, but use of the enrichment programme is highly recommended. Attending extra clubs and training sessions will help you improve.

What do I need for Physical Education?

You will need the same kit as you have always needed through College.  You will need to participate regularly.

All jewellery must be removed during practical PE (earrings cannot be covered with tape).


OCR GCSE Physical Education J587

What will I study?

The course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain your performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. This will require you to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop your ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
  • Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport

How will I learn?

Over the two-week timetable you will have four 1 hour theory lessons and two 1 hour practical based lessons. This will be in addition to your core PE lessons.  You will also be assessed against GCSE criteria in your core PE lessons and extra-curricular activities where applicable.

How will I be assessed?

The course is divided into three units.

Unit 1:  Anatomy and physiology and fitness training

You will complete a 1 hour written exam which contains multiple-choice, short- and longer-answer questions.  This is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Unit 2:  Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

You will complete a 1 hour written exam which contains multiple-choice, short- and longer-answer questions.  This is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Unit 3:  Practical performance and evaluating and analysing performance

You will be required to enter 3 practical activities (one individual activity, one team activity and one further one from either category).  In addition to three practical performances, you are required to demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance in order to: 

  • analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance
  • produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance

Unit 3 is worth 40% of the course.

Click here to view the GCSE Sports Studies exam specification   

Is there any controlled assessment?

Unit 3 is a non-exam assessment (NEA) and, as such, assessment for this unit will take place in your lesson time and will be externally moderated by an external OCR examiner. 

You will be given homework to complement your learning.  There is also the expectation that you will support your practical performances through attending clubs and practices for those activities. 

What do I need for sports studies? 

You should have an interest in PE and sport.  You should enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.  You should play and participate in at least one sport at club level or above and will be a regular attender to the clubs and practices the school offers. 

Where can this course take me? 

GCSE PE is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to further their understanding and skill level in sport.  It is important to note that this does provide an excellent foundation to go on to study A level Sports Studies (which is also offered at Cromwell) and towards many careers such as physical education teaching, coaching, leisure/tourism administration, and physiotherapy. 

Key Stage 5

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physical Education (9PE0)

Physical Education Level 3 

The A level in Sport will give students a solid foundation in the sector, enabling them to develop essential skills required for gaining employment, securing career progression, or progressing to further qualifications and training required to achieve their goals.

You will study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport

Learners will also choose three optional units that have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

Examination Board: OCR

Click here to view the A Level Sports Studies exam specification