Physical Education

  • Students at the Lakes School are inspired to lead healthy lives. They understand the link between being regularly active and good health & well-being.
  • Through challenging Physical Education lessons across a broad and balanced curriculum and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities students become physically confident and competent in a range of sports and other physically demanding activities. Students demonstrate resilience, tolerance and self-control. They are self-motivated to work both as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Students are empowered to develop a passion for exercise and for lifelong participation in physical activity through performance, officiating, leading or volunteering both in school and beyond in our local community.
  • Students can choose to pursue their interests and talents through a number of accredited courses at school, which may ultimately lead to Higher or Further Education and a career in the sports, health, fitness or leisure industries.
KS3 Curriculum - Year 7 to Year 9
  • In Key stage 3, students experience a broad and balanced curriculum. The table below summarises the progression of skills, knowledge & understanding across the different activities that all students are taught in years 7, 8 & 9.

The diet of activities students experience throughout Key stage 3 & 4 is based upon those that offer a pathway for competition & performance in school (i.e. house matches, sports day, DofE), through extra-curricular sport at school, (fixtures or tournaments ‘v’ other schools locally) and beyond our school in community clubs, some of which offer students the opportunity to extend their performance level in either separate junior sections or integrate them early into senior level. Clubs we have strong links with and/or that use our facilities: WHC, HFC, AFC, WRUFC, AFRC, KAC, BBC, ABC, WSCC, ACC, 2 local Dance schools, KGC, WLTC. Many of our students also represent our school in district, county, regional & national level sport (athletics, badminton, cross-country, dance, football, hockey, gymnastics, rugby).

KS4 Curriculum - Year 10 to Year 11
  • In Key stage 4, all students are timetabled for one hour of PE each week. In these ‘core’ PE lessons, students are given the opportunity to personalise their learning through a choice of activities, which changes every half-term.
  • Students are encouraged to continue practising at least one team sport, as well as to pursue other physical activities to help them be active and healthy throughout their GCSE studies.
  • Activities students are able to choose from include: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Fitness (circuits, pilates/yoga, running, weight training), Football, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Softball, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.
  • The PE department offers all students one of 2 different sport-related accredited courses in the Key Stage 4 Options process. Which course different students actually follow ultimately depends on their preferences, strengths and individual learning style. PE staff advise each student which course will help them secure the best outcome.
  1. GCSE PE (AQA)
  2. BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Sport (Edexcel/Pearson)
  3. Guidance Document: GCSE PE v BTEC Tech Award

At-a glance overview comparing & contrasting the 2 courses with guidance to help students select which course is right for them.

KS5 Curriculum - Year 12 to Year 13

In Key stage 5, students are encouraged to take part in weekly organised recreational physical activity through the enrichment programme. Students are involved in planning which activities they take part in.


Where possible, friendly and competitive sports fixtures are organised with other schools in a number of sports, eg football, hockey, netball, basketball, often combining with Year 11 students


Students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and help plan, deliver and lead on our programme of Primary School Sports Festivals throughout the year:Hi-5 Netball, Cross-country, Sports Hall Athletics, Key Steps Gymnastics, Football, Mini-hockey, Tri-golf, short tennis.

Students are also encouraged to get involved in assisting with the PE department’s after-school sports programme


6th form students can select the following sport related course as part of the options process:

Overview of A Level PE document attached – guidance for Year 11 Options evening

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The PE department organises an after-school sports programme and all students are invited and encouraged to take part –

Current termly programme

Alongside the after-school sports programme, we organise friendly fixtures with local schools in a number of team sports, as well as entering teams into both local, friendly tournaments and nationally organised knock-out tournaments –

Current week’s sports bulletin

Any changes to the usual after-school programme are communicated to parents weekly.

Autumn & Spring Term Activities

Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Running, Canoeing/Kayaking, Climbing.

Summer Term Activities

Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze, Silver, Gold), Canoeing, Sailing

Other Enrichment Opportunities

The PE department organises a number of other enrichments opportunities for students of all ages eg Brewery Dance Platform Performance Group, Ski trip (at least every 2 years), mountain biking day trips (eg Whinlatter / Grizedale Forest), mountain biking residential trips (eg Tour de Cairngorm, weekend to Dumfrieshire), Canoe/Kayaking day trips, Wimbledon Trip, trips to watch International Sport eg Netball.

How can you support your child’s progress in Physical Education?

Please support your child to be equipped with the correct PE kit for their timetabled lessons each week. It is expected that all students wear the Lakes School PE kit for PE lessons. The kit is very reasonably priced, smart and distinctive and is also worn by our school teams for fixtures.

Our PE kit is supplied by CONISTON CORPORATE

Encourage your child to:

  • Be active with friends and family
  • Attend extra-curricular activities at school on a regular basis
  • Take part in physical activities in club and community settings outside of school
  • Read around the subject including newspapers, online media, and library resources
  • Use social media & read emails to keep up-to-date with Lakes School sport-related information and news, events, results & fixtures. (e.g. Facebook)