Physical Education

Physical Education

Encouraging Participation

Head of Department: Mr M Potter
Telephone: 01344 465056
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The PE department aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage participation on a recreational or competitive basis and to improve knowledge and understanding of activities and educate students in a variety of sports, providing opportunities for everyone.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Activities on offer include Basketball, Badminton, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cross Country, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Netball, Volleyball, Trampolining, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders and Tennis. Each activity is studied for a minimum of six hours (two lessons per week) with assessment throughout each unit. A separate unit of Health Related Exercise is completed in each year.

All Key Stage 4 students participate in core Physical Education and students are offered two activities to choose from each half term.

There are two additional courses on offer: GCSE PE and BTEC Sport Level 2 First Award. For GCSE students are introduced to a variety of sports, both in and out of lessons, they develop a greater understanding of Health and Fitness, and they can apply this to their preferred sports, numerous extra curricular clubs and school fixtures are available, Professional coaches are employed to further develop students in their sports, links are generated with many clubs in the community and students get to represent, lead and officiate in school activities and feel part of a team.

BTEC Sport is a vocational qualification equivalent to one GCSE grade A* to C assessed through a combination of theoretical and practical assessment.

AS/A2 Sports Science will allow students who enjoy sport and physical recreation to develop their all-round knowledge of the subject whilst pursuing an academic course they can enjoy and can relate to.

Students will develop their knowledge and skills in the concept of healthy lifestyles and preparation for exercise, specialise as a performer, leader or an official, explore contemporary sociological issues in modern sport, examine the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance, analyse the way we and others learn to be skilful, compare and contrast sport through many different cultures, enhance their understanding of the role of technology or psychology in sporting performance and find ways to improve their own performance through greater understanding of sport psychology and training regimes.

Sports Science can provide a stepping stone not only to sports courses, but to many other related disciplines at a higher level. This qualification is a natural progression to sports related courses at a Higher Education. Students can use the qualifications usefully in many other areas such as Leisure, Psychology, Media and the Sciences.

BTEC Level 3 National in Sport and Exercise Sciences is a vocational or work related qualification. You will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen area of work.

The qualification is structured into mandatory units (ones that you must do) and optional units.

The mandatory units are Anatomy for Sport and Exercise, Sport and Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Some of the optional units we may run are; Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Sports Injuries, Sports Coaching, Sport and Exercise Massage, Analysis of Sports Performance and Sports Nutrition.

We aim to include and motivate all students through a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Whether performing, coaching or officiating in activities everybody has the opportunity to be successful. ICT is used on a regular basis and award schemes are used to recognise achievement. GCSE, BTEC and A Level lessons are taught using as much practical as possible to cover the theory elements of the courses.


The department has a flood lit astro turf, netball courts, Rugby pitches, Trampoline Centre, 4 court Sports Hall and dedicated PE Classrooms.

The department is well resourced with ICT equipment. Each member of the department uses Ipads to assist in teaching and learning. Equipment is regularly updated and maintained.

Special Events

All years compete in a variety of fixtures on a local and national basis. Competitions and tournaments are attended regularly.
Events include Sports Day, an annual event held towards the end of the summer term where students participate in a range of roles, as well as various championships and competitions throughout the year:

  • Berkshire Cross Country Schools Championships
  • Berkshire Schools Penthalon Championships
  • Reading Schools 6-aside Girls Tournament (2007 winners)
  • Playstation 5-aside Football Tournament
  • Year 7 East Berkshire Schools’ Football League
  • Numerous Trampolining Competition – Regional and National
  • Berkshire Schools’ Indoor Athletics Competition
  • Emerging Schools Rugby Festival
  • District Athletics

In order for all students at Brakenhale to make progress in PE we assess against 4 ‘MEs in PE’.

The first ME is ‘PHYSICAL ME’ which we assess students against all year, in all 3 terms. This is based on the students’ ability to complete the lessons in a physically active way and develop the movement skills needed to succeed in lessons.

Then for each term in the year, Autumn, Spring and Summer, we assess against a second ‘ME in PE’.

In the Autumn term we assess against ‘SOCIAL ME’ which develops students’ social skills.

In the Spring term we assesses against ‘THINKING ME’ which develops students’ ability to analyse and evaluate their and others’ performances at the same time as making the correct decisions.

In the final term, Summer, we assess against ‘LEADING ME’ where we encourage leadership skills to be used by students in PE to help run and deliver lessons.

Please see below the 4 ‘MEs in PE’ and their relevant criteria.