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The CVMS PE Department aims for pupils to develop their thinking (Head – cognitive), social (Heart – affective) and physical (Hands – psychomotor) attributes through physical education to meet their full potential and lead a healthy, active lifestyle now and in the future.?

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Key Stage 3

Building on previous 'physical' skills taught at Key Stage 2, learners will access a high-quality physical education curriculum, that inspires pupils of all abilities to succeed and excel in physical activity. The curriculum will provide opportunities for pupils to improve their thinking (Head – cognitive), social (Heart – affective) and physical (Hands – psychomotor) attributes, through a broad range of physical activities. We aim to expose pupils to competitive situations in both team and individual activities, promote being physically active, build character and embedding core values in line with the school motto of seeking ‘the formation of the whole person: intellect, heart, will, character and soul.’ We deliver a hybrid concept curriculum in order to achieve this, which runs alongside the physical activities that are taught, with the overarching concepts for Year 7 and Year 8 being Personal Development and Health & Well-being, respectively.

Key Stage 4 - Core PE

Learners will have the opportunity to pursue both competitive and recreational activities of their choice through choosing between a Performance Pathway and a Participation Pathway when they reach KS4. This will allow pupils to further develop their Head, Heart & Hands competencies from KS3, whilst giving pupils some autonomy over the type of activities they wish to pursue. The Performance Pathway aligns with the competitive extra-curricular sports programme that the school offers, whereas the Participation Pathway gives pupils the opportunity to further develop in activities such as volleyball, table tennis, HRE and softball for example, as well as introducing new activities such as tchoukball, kayaking, ultimate frisbee and rowing. On reaching Year 11, pupils are given greater choice over their PE participation, with the introduction of Sport Education to the above activities. Within this unit, pupils participate within teams which require them to take an active role which is similar to the experience of authentic sport which they will graduate to upon leaving school e.g. captain, chairman, fitness coach, publicist/journalist, statistician, kit man etc. Across KS4, learners will gain experiences ensuring full engagement and enjoyment of physical activity, whilst promoting lifelong participation. We hope to encourage healthy lifestyle habits, improvements in fitness, social interactions, enhance perseverance and self-motivation, whist gaining a sense of achievement.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE PE

Course Name: GCSE Physical Education

Board: AQA

Course Code: 8582. More information can be found here. 

Pupils have the option to study GCSE PE at KS4 which gives the opportunity to learn about the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural basis for sport. Practical performance plays an important role in GCSE study, with pupils being assessed across a broad range of sporting activities, before three are externally assessed to make up 40% of their GCSE.?


Subject Content

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Movement analysis

3. Physical training

4. Use of data

5. Sports psychology

6. Socio-cultural influences

7. Health, fitness and well-being



Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (30%)

• Applied anatomy and physiology

• Movement analysis

• Physical training

• Use of data


Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (30%)

• Sports psychology

• Socio-cultural influences

• Health, fitness and well-being

• Use of data


Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport (40%)

  • Performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation). Candidates will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
  • Performance assessment (practical performance) - the role of player in three activities - one team, one individual and a third in either a team or in an individual activity. For each of their three activities, candidates will be assessed in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in full context (15 marks per activity).


Key Stage 5 - A-Level PE

Course Name: A-level Physical Education

Board: AQA

Course Code: 7582. Find out more here. 

Pupils have the option to study A-level PE at KS5. At A-level, pupils develop their PE understanding to explore the scientific basis for improving sporting performance in elite sport and maintaining participation in non-elite sport. The A-level PE course is the culmination of pupils PE journey, with practical performance assessment in one activity.


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport?

?Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology?

Section B: Skill acquisition?

Section C: Sport and society


Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport?

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics?

Section B: Sport psychology?

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport


?How each paper is assessed?

Written exam: 2 hours?

105 marks?

35% of A-level


Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport?

What's assessed?

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.?

?Plus: ?

Written/verbal analysis of performance coursework.?


How it's assessed?

Internal assessment, external moderation?

90 marks?

30% of A-level

Career Paths & Beyond the Classroom

Supporting over 600,000 jobs in the UK, sport is a £39bn industry in the UK. The huge amounts of money in UK sport means that there are more jobs to pursue than ever before. Pupils can go on to work at the cutting edge of elite sport, supporting top athletes as sports scientists, sports psychologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports therapists, coaches and in many other roles. On the other hand, students may opt to pursue a career in sports administration, the business of sport, teaching, the armed forces, emergency services, community coaching or working within the health sector. Opportunities in sport today are exciting and vast.

The Vaughan runs an extensive and very successful extra-curricular programme of team and individual sports. Extra-curricular sport at the Vaughan includes a range of competitive and participation-based activities with the aim of providing something for every pupil. Hundreds of pupils participate on a regular basis in inter-school fixtures against other schools, both midweek and at weekends, with the latest fixtures and results viewable on the following link -

House competitions are held throughout the year in a variety of sports and all pupils are encouraged to represent their house at various stages throughout their time at the School. The house system encourages pupils to interact positively with their peers within a competitive context; thus promoting fair play, co-operation, social interaction and the further development and application of physical skills.