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PE at St James's

Physical Education is one of the major pillars of the school curriculum. The importance that students know how to lead an active, healthy lifestyle is a vital life skill. Within PE lessons students will understand and be able to implement different methods in order to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Students will develop a number of fundamental life skills including enhancing; confidence, resilience, communication skills, leadership, teamwork, mental toughness, dealing with failure and how to succeed amongst others.

Curriculum Features

Please click below to see what you will study in PE

PE Curriculum

Assessment Grids

KS3 PE Assessment Grid

KS3 Football Assessment Grid

KS3 Health Related Fitness Assessment Grid

KS3 Volleyball Assessment Grid

KS3 trampolining Assessment Grid

KS3 Girls Football Assessment Grid

Key Stage 3

St James’s Church of England High School is committed to raising standards of achievement across all areas of activity and for all students across the ability range through the promotion of Physical Education, Sport and Healthy Lifestyles. Our purposeful designed curriculum allows pupils to follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum in Years 7 & 8 from the ranges of content:

  • Outwitting opponents, as in games activities
  • Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities
  • Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life saving and personal survival in swimming and outdoor activities
  • Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities

In Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to follow their own designed personal pathways in sport. Pupils continue to follow their pathway of choice in KS4 but there is a greater influence of teaching in Leadership and Fitness.

Pupils are taught and assessed through TRAXS: their ability to apply rules and tactical approaches to sport, their ability to recognize strengths and weaknesses in performance and suggest improvements, Mental and Physical Ability, X factor (skill level), their knowledge of health and fitness and its specific sporting context.

Our curriculum together with the provision of OSHL and the Community Program has proven to increase participation rates in Physical Education and Sport as well as raised achievement.

Key Stage 4

Every pupil will have two lessons of PE per week and will have the opportunity to continue to participate in their personal pathways they opted for in Year 9, similar to a format below.

Option 1

Boys Outwit Opponent

Option 2

Girls Outwit Opponent

Option 3


Option 4

Boys Outwit  Opponent & Aesthetic

Option 5

Girls Outwit Opponent & Aesthetic




Badminton / Table Tennis


Badminton/ Table Tennis

Fitness Suite

Fitness for Aesthetics






Fitness Suite

Fitness for Aesthetics
















In addition ALL pupils will have the opportunity to gain an accreditation within the sporting environment. Core PE will be designed to engage pupils at all levels, with leadership accreditations/qualifications. This will be taught as an integral part of the sports the pupils are performing in.


This is a very popular, successful and enjoyable option and we expect pupils considering the course to be:

  • Reasonably good at a range of sports
  • Achieving the level that is expected of them in most sports
  • Enthusiastic and willing to attend lunchtime and after school clubs
  • Possibly representing the school in sport at present
  • Prepared to set high standards regarding kit, behaviour and attitude
  • Keen to increase their knowledge of the theoretical side of PE
  • Prepared to meet deadlines on completed coursework

The course is assessed in three ways:

Practical Assessment:                    50%

Written Examination:                     40%

Analysis of Performance:             10%

Practical Assessment – worth 50% of the marks (up to 25% awarded through practical ability during the course and up to 25% awarded during a practical exam).

Candidates are assessed in four sports from a minimum of two different areas:

  •  Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Adventurous
  • Swimming
  • Games

If your child is a keen participant in a sport that isn’t taught in GCSE lessons, it may be possible to arrange for a separate assessment. For example; if they play for a school team such as: football, netball, hockey, cricket etc… they will be assessed in these activities whilst representing the school or attending squad training sessions. If your child is a keen and successful participant in a sport that we cannot offer in school, it may be possible to assess them via video evidence or arrange an interview with their personal coach. Examples of such sports are: gymnastics, golf, table tennis, roller hockey, dance, skiing, squash, sailing, canoeing etc…

1 ½ Hour Written Exam – worth 40% of the marks.

Areas studied include:

  • Health, fitness and physical activity.
  • Factors affecting performance and participation.
  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Exercise and training.

Analysis of Performance – worth 10% of the total marks.

The candidates work on a chosen activity. The analysis of performance may be assessed through discussion with the candidate about the practical ability and through a completed work booklet. In their chosen activity candidates will need to know conduct: Rules and Laws of the Game, Observational Analysis, Evaluate a Performance Against a Perfect Model, Plan a Personal Exercise Programme, Understand the Roles of Leadership.


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