“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, 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) they choose to follow; some may go on to follow in the footsteps of previous NLS students, who recently have gone on to be the best in their sport for their country and others may simply improve their understanding of what part sport can play in leading a Healthy and Active lifestyle and developing life skills that can be transferred to life outside of school.

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

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

Year 7 + 8

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

  • Sports which focus on Outwitting Opponents (such as Football, Netball, Rugby and Hockey)
  • Activities which develop students' ability to accurately replicate and develop skills (such as Gymnastics)
  • Activities which focus on Performing at Maximum Levels (such as Athletics)
  • Outdoor and Adventurous type activities (such as Orienteering) which develop problem solving skills and help students to explore new ideas.
  • Fitness type activities which improve students' knowledge and understanding of fitness, health and exercising safely.

The key focus of Key Stage 3 is to develop skill and decision making, encourage an active and healthy lifestyle and provide pupils with the skills required to evaluate and improve.

Year 9 - 11

The GCSE/BTEC courses focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of PE. In addition to this students also have a core games lesson where the primary focus is participation. These theoretical courses include:

  • Following a variety of practical activities
  • Studying the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body
  • Studying the current issues in sport.
  • Exploring the fundamentals behind fitness, training and health


The GCSE PE and BTEC Sport courses are a mixture of practical and theory lessons which prepare students for their assessments, and focus on a variety of areas within sport including current issues and Anatomy and Physiology.

The GCSE course includes external exams and an Analysis of Performance coursework task. In addition to this students will be practically assessed on their performance in a number of sports which will include team and individual sports.

The BTEC Sport has an external exam and internally assessed coursework units. There is no practical ability assessment for the BTEC Sport course.

Sixth Form

A-Level and BTEC Level 3 lessons continue the theme set at GCSE/BTEC Level 2, but students additionally study the psychology behind sporting excellence, relevant contemporary issues surrounding sport, how elite performers acquire and develop their skills, the comparative nature of sports and their structure in different countries and how the body is able to perform at maximal levels during sporting performance.


In addition to academic studies, the Department run a full programme of both lunchtime and after school recreational activities, and teams to provide the platform for skills developed in lessons to be enhanced further in both non-competitive and competitive situations.

The school competes in a variety of local and national competitions in order to provide students with the opportunities to perform at high levels. 




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