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The aim of The Ashcombe School is to provide a balanced programme of Physical Education that will encourage as many students as possible to engage fully within their lessons. The programme includes a selection of sports and activities to be pursued within the timetabled day, plus provision for sports clubs and competitive events during lunchtimes and after school.

Any Physical Education programme should place a premium on:


These skills can be physically, socially or mentally enriching and can take many forms. For example: Physically – to develop a skill to assist a student in a game i.e shooting in Basketball. Socially – to be able to get on with my teammates = teamwork & communication. Mentally – to understand the importance of living a healthy active lifestyle and the positive impact it has on mental health. The department also places great emphasis on equipping students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to continue with a healthy and active lifestyle on leaving The Ashcombe School; developing lifelong physical literacy.

The development of tolerance, a sense of fair play and good sporting behaviour are considered essential elements of the learning process. Through active participation in a variety of roles within the activities experienced, students will be encouraged to appreciate their own and other’s strengths and weaknesses, and respond appropriately to the needs of individuals and groups.

The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all students: 

develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

▪ are physically active for sustained periods of time.

▪ engage in competitive sports and activities.

▪ lead healthy, active lives.

Curriculum Map PE

Our Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 - Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students experience a wide variety of activities.  Each year they will cover invasion games, athletic events, striking and fielding games and aesthetic activities.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their individual skills and to participate in small-sided games and competitive situations.  Alongside this, all students will take on roles such as coach, umpire and scorer.

Throughout Year 7 all students receive 2 lessons a week (2hrs 20mins) of Physical Education. This equates to four lessons over the fortnight timetable. Students in Year 8 currently receive 1 lesson a week (1hr 10mins) of Physical Education. This equates to two lessons over the fortnight timetable. All students in Years 9 receive 1 lesson a week (1hr 10mins) of Physical Education. This equates to two lessons over the fortnight timetable.

Our Upper School Curriculum

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

All students in Years 10 & 11 receive 1 lesson a week (1hr 10mins) of Physical Education. This equates to two lessons over the fortnight timetable. Students in Years 10 & 11 Core PE have to opt for Core PE in their options for these lessons.

Students have the opportunity to study GCSE P.E in Years 10 & 11. This allows for an additional 2 lessons (2hrs 20mins) a week. An additional vocational course is being planned for Sept 2023.
Our Sixth Form curriculum

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to participate in Sport on Wednesday afternoons from September 2022..

Students have the opportunity to study A Level PE in Years 12 & 13. This allows for an additional 3 lessons (4hrs) a week.


Facilities on the school site include: x2 Large Changing rooms, Sports Hall (with x6 Badminton Courts, x2 full size Basketball Courts, x1 full size Volleyball court & x2 indoor Cricket Nets), Gymnasium (inc x2 Trampolines), Fitness Suite, School Hall (which includes x3 Badminton courts), x3 Tennis Courts & x2 Hard Court areas.

Christmas & Easter Terms: x1 grass full size pitch for Football & x1 for 9-a-side, x1 grass full size pitch for Rugby, A grid area for teaching.

Summer Term:  Long & Triple Jump pit, 300m Athletics Track, Throwing areas for Javelin, Shot and Discus, x1 Softball Pitch, x3 Rounders Pitches, x1 Flicx Cricket Pitch with a strip cut on the field.

Enrichment opportunities

The PE department offers a vast timetable of activities.  We run clubs every lunchtime and most days after school.  We run our clubs on a rotation basis which changes each half term. On top of this, there are opportunities for students to compete against other local schools and occasionally in county and national competitions.

In February, we hold our annual Gym and Dance show which is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents in front of an audience, and hold a Sports Awards event at the end of the Summer Term or in early September..  The Extracurricular PE Timetable for the Summer Term 2023/24 can be found here:

PE Extracurricular Activities Summer Term 2024

Keep up to date with all our achievements - 

PE Newsletter Spring 2024