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Physical Education

'At Howden School, we aim to provide pupils with a varied and competitive curriculum that builds the foundations for sports performance and excellence. Pupils will acquire skills and knowledge that will encourage them to embrace competition and thrive in it.

Pupils will learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. We strive to ensure all students, regardless of their ability, achieve their full potential and are provided with a variety of opportunities that will enable them to pursue physical activity and sport in years to come.

Through sport and exercise, students are given the opportunity to develop lifelong skills such as teamwork, leadership and resilience as well as developing an appreciation for the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. The varied curriculum will allow pupils, regardless of ability, to make progress and build confidence within the range of activities that we offer both in lessons and during extra-curricular sessions.'

Mr G Hughes, Subject Leader of Physical Education

Staff Position
Mr G Hughes Subject Leader of PE
Mrs J Doyle Teacher of PE and Assistant Head Teacher of Behaviour and
Miss C Scott Teacher of PE and KS3 Learning Manager
Mrs J Lowe Teacher of PE and Geography
Mr S Hopkin Teacher of PE and Subject Leader of PSHCE

Key Stage 3 

Students will study two hours of PE each week in year 7 and 8. In year 9, students will acquire an extra PE lesson in which they will follow the Level 1 UK Sports Leader’s qualification. This is a nationally recognised award and as part of the course, students are required to gain 1 hour’s volunteering, this can be through a local sports club or the school itself, but the students are responsible for organising their own. Students can opt-out, and choose to complete the Howden Young Leaders Award, which allows them to lead as part of a group with slightly less pressure but this unfortunately does not lead to a qualification.

Students will participate in a variety of different activities across each half term. Each year students will build on their core and advanced skills applying these into competitive scenarios.

    Males Females
1 Autumn HT Football
2 Autumn HT Rugby
3 Spring HT Hockey
4 Spring HT Handball
5 Summer HT Athletics
6 Summer HT Softball

Key Stage 4 

KS4 core PE will follow an option-based curriculum for their Physical Education lesson. Students will have 2 hours core PE per week. During these lessons, students will select a pathway to follow per half term. Each pathway will hold a different focus, and the activities may vary within it to include a wide range of activities.

KS4 Pathways

Excellence & Performance – Competitive sports with winners and points etc.

Leisure – Sport for fun, non-competitive sports where no points are tracked and no winners announced.

Health and Fitness – A variety of activities to improve fitness levels such as the fitness suite and fitness classes.

Mindfulness – Activities to improve the mood and mental well-being such as yoga, Pilates or meditation.

Examination Courses 

In KS4, students have the option to choose one of two examination courses in Physical Education: GCSE PE and OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies.

Students on these courses will have two extra PE lessons a week, on top of their core PE lessons and this is the same in year 9, 10 and 11.


This course is more academically based than many pupils assume, with 70% of the course being theoretical. Students will be required to sit two exam papers in year 11, as well as complete coursework in year 10. The remaining 30% of marks are gained through the students’ ability to perform practically within three different sports.


Pupils will be primarily be assessed through coursework in a number of different units such as ‘Sport and the Media’ and ‘Sports Leadership’. In year 11, pupils will sit an exam paper for the unit ‘Contemporary Issues in Sport’. Only a small portion of the pupil’s overall grade is taken from practical performance.


Late Buses: We have two late buses that students can book onto in order to attend clubs.

Drury Coaches – Eastrington, Gilberdyke and Newport (departs 4.15pm at the back of school)

Wards Taxis – Bubwith and surrounding Villages (departs 4.15pm at the front of school)

For each sport club students should go to the main hall to first book onto a late bus, they should then get changed in the PE changing rooms and wait for a member of the PE team.

Sports Leaders 

The Sports Leaders qualification is a nationally recognised award that enables successful learners to assist in leading purposeful and enjoyable sport/physical activity, under direct supervision.

The pupils will learn the importance of leadership skills including organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport.

More Able

Each academic year the PE Department review students' skill development and achievements within physical activity and sport.

At Howden School we have a vast array of talented students in a number of different sports including football, rugby, netball, dance, athletics, sailing and horse riding.

As part of the more able programme students will take part in termly activities (eg nutrition, first aid, talks from sports performers,  team building). We aim to provide the students with a programme of events that will support their progression within their sport.

Duke of Edinburgh 

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do programmes at levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At Howden School we run the Bronze level for our year 9 and 10 students.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition.