“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan (NBA Basketball Superstar)

In PE lessons at NLS, just like Michael Jordan, we will provide a range of opportunities and activities for students to “fail in”, hoping that though their experiences and our guidance they can each reach their own full potential in whatever sport(s)/physical activity they choose to follow. Some may go on to follow in the footsteps of previous NLS students, who recently have gone on to represent their country and others may simply improve their understanding of what part sport and physical activity can play in leading a lifelong healthy, active lifestyle. PE at NLS also aims to develop students learning capacities, by equipping them with a variety of “Skills Beyond School”. As a department we foster resilient, resourceful, reflective and reciprocal learners through lessons.

Our departmental ethos is what drives all aspects of our PE curriculum. It is simply to:
“Inspire all students to participate in and enjoy a broad and balanced PE curriculum, whilst recognising the importance of a lifelong healthy, active lifestyle. We aim to provide students additional opportunities to participate in sport both recreationally and competitively, whilst also enabling clear, structured pathways and qualifications for students to pursue careers in the field of Sport & PE”.

The underlying philosophy of the Department is to provide a variety of ‘pathways’ through Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 to engage learners and meet their own individual expectations.

Students will follow a variety of different sporting activities and experiences during their time at North Leamington School.

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 & 8

In Key Stage 3 students will have the opportunity to take part in a broad and balanced range of PE lessons including:

·        Sports that focus on outwitting opponents through Games (such as Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Handball and Hockey)

·         Striking & Fielding sports (such as Cricket, Rounders, Softball)

·         Net sports (such as Badminton & Tennis)

·         Activities which focus on Performing at Maximum Levels (such as Athletics)

·        Outdoor and Adventurous type activities (such as Orienteering) that develop problem solving skills, team building and help students to explore new ideas.

·        Fitness lessons which improve students' knowledge and understanding of fitness, health and exercising safely.



The key focus of Key Stage 3 is to stimulate interest and enjoyment in PE through a wide range of activities. Students will be challenged to not only develop practical skills but also their decision making, tactical awareness and leadership skills, whilst learning about a healthy, active lifestyle.

Key Stage 4 - Year 9 - 11

Students have core games lessons in Key Stage 4 (Y9 – 2 per week, Y10 & 11 – 1 per week) where there are 2 pathways students can opt to follow: Performance Pathway where the primary focus is to enhance practical ability/skills & Participation Pathway where the primary focus is participation/enjoyment in a variety of sports/activities and being physically active for sustained periods of time.


GCSE PE suits students who are physically active and competing in sport outside of school, as well as academic students with an interest in Physical Education. The course is split into 30% Practical (across 3 sports including team & individual), 10% Coursework (Analyse & Evaluate Performance) and 60% theory (assessed in 2 1 hour exams – 30% each) Theory elements include:

·         Applied Anatomy & Physiology

·         Physical Training

·         Socio-cultural Influences

·         Sports Psychology

·         Health, Fitness & Well-being

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BTEC Sport Level 1/2

The BTEC Sport qualification has an external exam and internally assessed coursework units. There is no specific practical ability assessment that goes towards the students’ final BTEC grade.

BTEC Sport provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, how the body responds to exercise, energy systems used, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

Sixth Form

In the sixth form students can continue their pathway into higher level sports qualifications by opting to study OCR A Level PE or BTEC Sport Level 3. Sixth form students are also offered sport as an enrichment activity and host fixtures in football, netball and rugby.

OCR A Level PE

Students naturally would continue on to A-Level PE from the GCSE qualification (although not always) offered at Key Stage 4, as there is still a practical element involved in the students final grade. Students would be expected to be competing in a sport outside of school regularly for this qualification. The course is split into 20% Practical (1 sport) 10% Coursework (Evaluation & Analysis of Performance for Improvement) and 70% theory (assessed in 3 exams). The course acts as an excellent progression to sport based degrees at respected universities and is equally recognised by employers in the sports industry. Theory exams at A-Level include:

·         Component 1 - 30%: Physiological factors affecting performance

·         Component 2 - 20%: Psychological factors affecting performance

·         Component 3 - 20%: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity & sport



BTEC Sport Level 3

This qualification prepares learners for careers or future study within the sports industry. It involves external examinations, set vocational set tasks and internal assessments. A broad range of topic areas are covered which include Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Programming, Sports Leadership, Sports Psychology and Coaching for Performance. Lessons are taught in The BTEC Sport Level 3 is recognised by employers and higher education institutions and provides a good progression route to certain degree level courses. Several students who study this course in the sixth form, go on to preferred university destinations.



All students in Years 7-10 will take part in inter-college sporting events throughout the year, including ‘Sports Day’, which allows all students in school to participate and compete for their college. Students get to experience putting into practice what they have learnt in lessons through a competitive, but enjoyable environment.


All students are welcomed to further enhance their sporting competence through an extensive and broad extra-curricular programme. The department run a full programme of both lunchtime and after school activities, to provide the platform for skills developed in lessons to be enhanced further in both non-competitive and competitive situations. Clubs are completely recreational and open to all students to attend.


The school also competes in and is successful in a variety of local area, district, county and national competitions, across a range of sports in order to provide students with the opportunities to perform at high levels. 




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