Welcome to the Physical Education Department


Curriculum Intent

To prepare all students to lead healthy, active lifestyles and a life-long confidence and interest in physical education. Students will have a depth of knowledge in a wide range of activities and will understand the benefits on their wellbeing through sport and physical activity.


In KS3 students get 2 hours a week of curriculum PE and over 3 yeas will develop their knowledge and skills and in the following areas:

  • Invasion games (football, netball, tag rugby, hockey)
  • Net games (tennis, table tennis, badminton, tchoukball)
  • Striking and fielding (rounders, cricket)
  • Gymnastics (vaulting and trampolining)
  • Dance (different styles of dance and choreography)
  • Fitness (introduction to fitness, training methods and exercise to music)
  • Athletics (running, jumping and throwing events)
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activities (Orienteering & problem-solving activities)

Students in year 9 will have the option to pick PE or dance for the year.

Subject Definition

The exploration of a broad range of activities and sports that benefit health, fitness, and wellbeing.  

How Physical Education Links to our CARES Values

Within PE lessons at Harrogate High School, we ensure that students can demonstrate all the CARES values.

Students will show courage when trying a wide variety of activities, some of which they may have never experienced before, especially in competitive situations.

Aspiration so that all students want to take part in at least 1 physical activity through enrichment or outside of school.

Respect is at the heart of PE and students will be expected to demonstrate this value with their teammates, opposition, teachers and officials.

PE lessons are inclusive for all, as everyone will experience the same sports and activities ensuring equity for all.

Self-control will be reinforced especially in competitive situations and should be demonstrated regardless of winning or losing

How Physical Education Links to British Values

Within PE lessons at Harrogate High School, students will be expected to demonstrate mutual respect. Students will respect their teammates and will expect the same respect back. Through the competitive environment that students will be exposed to in PE lessons, students will learn to respect officials' decisions.

Subject Staffing

Head of PE - Mrs E Wilson
Specialisms: gymnastics, trampolining, dance & netball

PE Teacher & Head of Year 10  - Mr P Cutler
Specialisms: football, rugby, basketball, boxercise and fitness

PE Teacher & Head of Year 9  - Mr J Harvey
Specialisms: cricket, football, badminton, dodgeball & fitness

PE Teacher - Ms B Cox

Key Stage 3 Overview - 3 Years

KS3 (Yr 7, 8 & 9) – Curriculum Content


Key Stage 4 Overview - 2 Years

Course title: Level 2 BTEC TECH Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness.

Course Overview: This is a 2 year course where students complete 3 components

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Component 1- Understand the body and the supporting technology for sport and activity
  • Components 2 - principles of training nutrition and psychology for sport and activity
  • Component 3 - applying the principles of sport and activity

Assessment: Two assignments and one external assessment (90 minute written exam)

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: Level 3 BTEC in sport

Course title: Level 2 BTEC TECH Award in Sport (2022 spec)

Overview: This is a 2 year course where students complete 3 components

Key Areas of Study:

  • Component 1 - Preparing participants to take part in sport and physical activity
  • Component 2 - taking part and improving other participants sporting performance
  • Component 3 - developing fitness to improve other participants performance in sport and physical activity


  • Component 1 - Pearson set assignment, internally assessed and external moderated
  • Component 2 - Pearson set assignment, internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Component 3 - Written exam, 90 minutes and marked out of 60 

Progression to: Level 3 BTEC in sport

Extra-Curricular Activities

Enrichment after school is available to everyone four nights a week in a wide range of sports. Students receive positive points on Classcharts for attending and helps students improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing. Students must wear PE kit and trainers to attend and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. There are a number of competitions that we enter every year in which students have the opportunity to represent Harrogate High. These include football, netball, badminton, dodgeball, athletics, rounders, cricket (indoor and outdoor), indoor rowing and athletics.

As a BTEC student, we would expect the students to represent the school in at least one sport.

Facilities: Sports hall, fitness suite, tennis courts, astroturf, dance studio, extensive field space

PE Enrichment - Autumn 1 - 2022

FA Girls' Football Hub

In the summer of 2020 Harrogate High in conjunction with the Harrogate Sports Partnership, won the bid to become North Yorkshire Girls’ Football Hub. We will be leading on the following areas to improve the provision and opportunity for all girls’ to take part in football in a variety of ways. The main aims are:

  • Increase the number of girls’ participating and enjoying football
  • Developing leadership opportunities through football
  • Supporting girls’ to transition into community football opportunities

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