Physical Education

Our Aim

Our aim is to provide each child with a broad, balanced base of activities and enjoyable experiences which can progressively lead to selective specialisation and successful participation throughout the school years and beyond. We are concerned with making each child aware of the importance of educating the body and mind through physical fitness and good health habits.


At present, all pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 receive five periods of Physical Education over the two week timetable.
Those following the GCSE PE course will undertake a further five periods over the two weeks.

Physical Education is also offered as an A Level course.


Click here for the Rickmansworth School Physical Education Extra-Curricular Fixtures Page

Key Stage 3

Lessons in Key Stage 3 are taught in single sex groups.

At Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in physical activity
  • Make and apply decisions
  • Develop physical and mental capacity
  • Evaluate and improve
  • Make informal choices about healthy, active lifestyles


Pupils will take part in the following activities:

Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Dance, Football, Fitness, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, and Volleyball.



Key Stage 4

At GCSE, the OCR PE specification is followed.


Component 1 (30%)

  1. Physical Factors Affecting Performance
  2. Anatomy and Physiology Physical Training

Section A

  • 30 marks – 20 questions ranging in size / mark allocation across the topics

Section B

  • 3 x 10 mark questions, 2 on A & P and 1 on Physical Training; broken down into part questions. Including the use of extended response and use of data


Component 2 (30%)

  1. Socio-Cultural Issues And Sports Psychology
  2. Sports Psychology
  3. Socio-cultural Influences
  4. Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Section A

  • 30 marks, 20 questions ranging in size/mark allocation across the topics


Section B

  • 3x 10 mark questions, one on each topic, broken down into part questions. Including the use of extended response and use of data


Component 3 (40%)

Performance with Physical Education

  1. Performance practical in three activities, equally weighted at 20 marks each
  2. Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP)



Key Stage 5

At A Level, the OCR PE specification is followed.

Course Summary:

A Level

Assessment Overview:

Unit 1: Physiological factors affecting performance. 35% of total. 1 hour 15 minute written paper.

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Exercise physiology
  3. Biomechanics, including technology in sport

Unit 2: Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education. 35% of total. 1 hour 15 minute written paper.

  1. Skill acquisition
  2. Sports psychology
  3. Sport and society

Unit 3: Performance in physical education. (Non-exam assessment) 30% of total.

  1. Performance or Coaching
  2. Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI) 



PE Kit Policy and Kit List

PE Curriculum Timetable

Rickmansworth School Physical Education Timetable.


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Extra-Curricular & Trips

Summary of extra-curricular and trips available. 


Students have the opportunity to take part in a breadth of sports during extra-curricular time (please see time table below). The students will also be able to experience this year’s sporting tours.

. Rugby: Cardiff

. Football: TBC

. Skiing: Italy


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