Welcome to the P.E Department

Mountain Ash Comprehensive P.E Department is extremely committed to providing high quality teaching and learning experiences for our pupils; to ensure pupils reach their full potential and nurture wellbeing throughout their P.E experiences. The department is passionate about ensuring a range of extra-curricular activities are available for pupils to enable them to contribute to whole school life.

The Physical Education curriculum is designed to encourage and nurture the physical, academic and social development of each pupil. The high quality P.E curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in a variety of activities. The department aims to develop an appreciation of physical activities and encourage habits of lifelong participation.

Physical Education lessons provide opportunities for pupils to develop skills in planning, performing and evaluating physical performance. Social skills are enhanced through tasks which promote mutual understanding, respect, co-operation and fair play. The establishment of pupil self-esteem through the development of physical confidence encompasses the ethos of the department.

Mountain Ash Comprehensive has a range of facilities on school site for pupils to use during lesson time and extra-curricular sessions.  The department offers a wide range of activities via the 5x60 programme and through school extra-curricular activities. Thus providing pupils with opportunities to develop their sporting ability and prowess.  The aims of the department are;

  1. Maintain and stimulate pupil enjoyment and interest in P.E and to promote health and fitness and lifelong participation.
  2. To develop physical competence and motor skills; develop necessary knowledge through a range of physical activities.
  3. Promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, this has the potential to improve their educational outcomes and their health and wellbeing.
  4. To develop pupils knowledge and understanding of principles and vocabulary related to physical education.
  5. Embed literacy and numeracy opportunities in lessons for pupils to develop these skills in a P.E setting.
  6. Encourage pupils to foster a range of desirable personal qualities; leadership skills, safety awareness,

perseverance, initiative and independence.

In Years 7-9, pupils are taught in single sex classes. All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive three, one hour Physical Education lessons a fortnight, covering a broad range of activities from the National Curriculum.

In Years 10 and 11 all pupils receive one, one hour lesson a fortnight. Pupils are offered a wide range of activities to participate in.

GCSE Physical Education Pupils who select GCSE Physical Education receive an additional 5 lessons a fortnight, these lessons are primarily theory lessons and all practical elements of the course are covered through extra-curricular activities. In year 10 we look at the relationship between health and fitness and how to lead a healthy lifestyle, including diet.  We look in depth at fitness, including testing, monitoring, types of training methods and creating a fitness programme.  We also look at risk assessment, injuries in sport and technological developments in sport. In year 11 we focus the participation and provision of sport; topics include, media, women in sport, disability in sport, sponsorship, goal setting, motivation and many more.

Assessment- Practical assessment is continuous and is made up of four activities accounting for 60% of the overall grade. These are moderated by an external moderator at the end of year 11 (performance at a team sport, individual sports and another in additional to a personalised exercise programme).  The theory exam makes up the other 40% of the grade in the form of a written exam (1 ½ hours), which includes short answer questions, multiple choice questions and extended writing questions. 

BTEC L2 Sport:  The department also deliver the BTEC Firsts in Sport to student who do not wish to take GCSE PE. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, these vocational qualifications provide level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the sector.  Students will receive 5 lessons per fortnight over a period of two years. The units we cover are training for personal fitness and practical sports performance.

BTEC L3 National Sport:  The department delivers the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, which is a vocational course equivalent to two A Levels.  The course is taught over a two year period. The course consists of 12 units of work, where pupils are assessed against the course criteria and receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction. The content of the course can be viewed on the Edexcel website.


AS and A Level PE:  The AQA Physical Education syllabus is designed to enable students to know about, understand and analyse the major concepts and principles underlying sport and physical education. Both the AS and A level elements of the course give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the historical, physical, social, cultural and psychological factors that influence sport and physical education. Wherever possible, the understanding of theoretical principles is reinforced through practical examples.

Students wishing to choose physical education at AS or A level should be able sports performers. Much of the teaching and learning, however, is classroom based and the ideal candidates will have gained a good set of GCSE grades across the subject range. Ideally, students should have gained a B grade in Biology and, for those have undertaken it, at least a B grade in physical education at GCSE.