Physical Education

Physical Education and sport plays an important role in the development of students at Wilmington. In addition to the physical and health benefits the department encourage students to develop the school’s core ethos of personal excellence, respect, innovation and creativity, determination and equality. We play an influential role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow and ensuring that our students are life ready.

Ours sports facilities are excellent. We have a £1.5million sports centre which includes a fully equipped fitness suite, in addition to vast outdoor playing fields. The school has regularly performed well in county and national competitions in football, rugby and cricket.  There are regular training sessions and fixtures in many sports, some are offered at ‘A’ and ‘B’ team level. There are also a range of other extra-curricular clubs ranging from cross country, handball, tennis, table tennis, badminton athletics and squash.  There is a full timetable of extra-curricular activities available. All students are welcome to attend these activities.

We feel that competition is important for all of our students and inter-house matches are arranged in all sports, involving all students, and the annual Sports Day is held in term 6.


Students are expected to participate to the best of their ability, as attitude and effort are just as important as skill.  It is hoped that the students will gain a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment through being physically active within a disciplined framework.

Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide curriculum incorporating activities such as football, rugby, badminton, basketball, handball, volleyball, health related fitness, athletics, tennis and cricket. Participation in all activities is compulsory. This varied approach will enable students to develop the fundamental skills necessary for successful sports performance, whilst engaging them in activities they may not have previously experienced.

Alongside the practical element of the subject, lessons will develop students' theoretical understanding in an applied context. Areas taught will include the human skeleton, the muscular system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and risk assessment in sport. Students in key stage 3 will sit an end of year exam, examining their understanding of the practical activities covered and applied theory content.

The department believes that the development of each student to reach his potential is of paramount importance.  To achieve this aim, competition is encouraged at an appropriate level for the individual. This can be against himself, set targets, other students or other teams. 

GCSE Physical Education (Year 10 and 11)

This is an exciting course that will challenge and stretch students with a passion for physical education. The two year course begins in year 10 following the AQA exam board specification, with all content being examined when students are in year 11. The course is a fantastic option for competent sports performers, who wish to develop their understanding of the human body and its capabilities. Employers look very favourably on candidates with a strong physical education background. Students will be required to submit practical performances in the role of a player/participant in three activities from the approved practical activity list.

The practical element of the course, alongside an analysis of performance accounts for 40% of the overall GCSE. Students will also complete two theory exam papers making up the remaining 60% of the qualification. More details outlining the assessment structure are set out below.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 78 marks

• 30% of GCSE

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

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 78 marks

• 30% of GCSE

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

• Assessed by teachers

• Moderated by AQA

• 100 marks

• 40% of GCSE

A Level Physical Education (Year 12 and 13)

The A-level is a challenging two year course, there is no AS-level examination at the end of year 12. All content will be examined through two examination papers that will be sat at the end of year 13. A-level Physical Education students will follow the AQA exam board specification.

To meet the entry requirements for the course students must gain a minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE Physical Education, and a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE English Language. The latter is essential as students will be required to write in a structured, analytical and detailed approach when answering the extended writing sections of the exam paper and throughout their analysis of performance coursework.

Students must be motivated to work hard on this course, displaying an enthusiastic and passionate approach in all that they do. The expectation is that students will complete a minimum 5 hours of personal learning outside of the classroom each week. This will equip them with the knowledge and understanding to be successful.

Although the course is academically challenging it is hugely rewarding and respected by universities and employers. Study of the subject can lead to a wide range of career paths and study of university degree courses. The course complements the study of any of the A-level sciences, particularly biology. Past A-level students have gone on to study a wide range of courses at university ranging from physiotherapy, osteopathy, midwifery, medicine, teaching and leisure management amongst others. Details of the course assessment can be found below:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks

• 35% of A-level

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

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks

• 35% of A-level

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

• Internal assessment, external moderation

• 90 marks

• 30% of A-level

Useful Web Links

AQA GCSE Physical Education Page

AQA A-level Physical Education Page

Approved GCSE Practical Activity list

Teach P.E GCSE/A-level Revision site

BBC Bitesize GCSE P.E revision