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.


1-  The P.E Department have received the Herts Secondary School department of the year award for the last three years running..
2- Year 13 A-Level results top Score top 5% in the country.
3- We run a variety of extra-curricular clubs for boys and girls every day of the week.


What makes P.E important? Physical Education is essential for developing student’s physical and mental well being. In P.E students learn how to look after their body and mind as well as learning how to work as a team to overcome challenges. At Rickmansworth the students are given the opportunity to use a state of the art Sports Hall, fitness suite, MUGA, field and woodlands area. These facilities allow students to take part in a wide variety of activities and develop a thirst for taking part in Sport.


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

 KS3 assessment sheet, this is the criteria that we use to assess students in KS3

P.E run an extensive House Sports programme covering 16 sports throughout the year. All students will represent their house in a competition at the end of every half term during lessons

Pupils will take part in the following activities:

Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Dance, Football, Fitness, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Handball, Softball 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

A Level Physical Education 2018-2019

A Level Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport


  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.


Course Outline and Assessments

Year 1

Sport and Society

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Skill Acquisition 

  Students will undertake end of topic tests throughout    the course. These will be area specific tests to check     knowledge and understanding.






Performance in Physical Activity




Year 2

Sports Psychology

Exercise Physiology


Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity


 Students will also complete progress assessments       which covers content across all areas studied. These   will take place in October, December and January   followed by their end of year mock exam in April.






Performance in Physical Activity


PE Kit Policy and Kit List

PE Curriculum Timetable

Rickmansworth School Physical Education Timetable.


To open up the current PE Timtetable in a new window Click on the link below.

P.E Time Table Week A

P.E Time Table Week B


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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

Boys Extra Curricular     Girls Extra Curricular    Fitness Suite



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