Physical Education

Physical Education contributes to the life and physical, mental and social wellbeing of all our students and staff at Levenshulme High school.

Head of Faculty

Ms N. McLeod (

The Faculty of Physical Education comprises six teachers. In addition, we may be supported by other qualified staff and coaches in the delivery of the extensive range of extra-curricular clubs on offer to our pupils. Indoor facilities for PE in the Energy Box comprises of a four court badminton sports hall, a fully equipped fitness suite, a multi-purpose room, and a designated PE classroom. Outdoor facilities include two playing fields, an astro-turf and daily mile track.

Physical Education contributes to the life and physical, mental and social wellbeing of all our students and staff at Levenshulme High school.

All students receive two lessons a week as part of their core curriculum entitlement either as two single lessons or a weekly double lesson. In addition, students are invited to attend clubs on a varied extra-curricular programme taking place before school, lunch time or after school free of charge. We are committed to providing competitive and leadership opportunities for all girls in a variety of sports.

There is also a comprehensive programme of community activities on offer in the Energy Box, during the evenings and at weekends. Students are encouraged by staff to attend clubs and activities outside of school hours within the community.

PE Kit Expectations

Students are required to wear plain blue or black track suit bottoms or leggings, a plain blue or black jumper and the blue logo Levenshulme T-Shirt for their PE lessons. Students will need a pair of suitable sports trainers that can be worn inside and outside on the field.

Curriculum Overview

  • Year 7 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 8 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 9 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 10 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 11 – 2 periods per week

Topics Covered

Years 7 – 9

Students will develop practical ability in sport specific techniques and skills. They will also develop teamwork, communication and a range of interpersonal and employability skills that will aid them school and later life. Throughout the 5 years students will develop their knowledge and understanding of healthy active lifestyles and wellbeing to ensure they can make good lifestyle choices in the future.

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Dodgeball
  • Dance
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Leadership
  • Fitness
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Boxing
  • Inclusion Sports (boccia, new age kurling & goal ball).
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Year 11 – First Aid Awareness


Students are continually assessed by their PE teachers during lessons and clubs; they are formally assessed at the end of every term. Students are kept informed of how they are working within practical activities through half term reports and regular feedback from their PE teachers. Students are assessed across 6 strands of the healthy active lifestyle assessment criteria (Leadership/Coaching, practical performance, knowledge of theory, decision making, mind-set and fitness/healthy lifestyles). Students go on a PE journey throughout their 5 years as each strand has 6 levels (bronze, silver, gold, platinum, crystal and diamond).

Students are actively encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities, in order to enhance their practical skills, improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing and form healthy habits for life.

Options offered at the end of Year 9

GCSE Physical Education
OCR 9-1 GCSE Physical Education

Assessment Methods
Controlled practical assessments throughout the course, in 3 activities, with video evidence.
Ongoing theory assessments and examinations.

Course content

There are 3 units to the course:

  1. Component 1: Physical factors affecting performance
    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Physical training
    • 30% written exam 1 hour (60 marks)
  2. Component 2: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
    • 2.1 Socio-cultural influences
    • 2.2 Sports psychology
    • 2.3 Health, fitness and well-being
    • 30% written exam 1 hour (60 marks)
  3. Component 3: Performance in physical education. Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists:
    • One from the ‘individual’ list
    • One from the ‘team’ list
    • One other from either list
    • 40% (80 marks)

Skills you need

Practical ability in both team sports, and individual sports which include athletics, badminton, handball, netball, basketball. Other practical options may be used for assessment purposes, depending on the nature of the group. You will need a high level of enthusiasm commitment, and independence.

Skills you will acquire: Practical skills; improved fitness; officiating; leadership; enhanced self confidence and self-esteem; an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body; ICT skills.

Progression routes and linked careers

To be able to study ‘A’ Level PE at college; to work in the health and fitness or sports industry; first step to becoming a PE teacher, sports coach, fitness instructor, physiotherapist, sport psychologist, sport scientist, sports analyst, and sports journalism.

Other information

Pupils who opt for GCSE PE must be prepared to participate in extra-curricular activities in order to enhance their practical grades.

The theoretical content of the course involves an interest in the human body, the effects of exercise on the human body, the mental aspects of sport and health a general interest in health and wellbeing.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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