Physical education contributes importantly to student development, spiritually, morally, culturally and – most importantly – physically. At Tuxford, we not only provide the opportunity for participation in a wide range of sporting activities, but we also teach our students how to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

– John F Kennedy

The PE department is proud of its many successes, which are achieved annually, together with very good academic results and excellent participation rates in all year groups. Students are taught through activities such as trampolining, handball, gymnastics, rugby, hockey, orienteering, futsal and badminton. We encourage the development of key life skills such as communication, co-operation and trust within all practical lessons.

The PE department offers excellent facilities; boasting a well-equipped sports hall and gymnasium along with a hi-tech multi-gym. Outside facilities comprise of a full size astroturf, tennis courts and extensive playing fields.

There is a strong fixture-list for rugby, basketball, hockey, netball, football and cricket. Many students also participate in other sports such as athletics and cross country running.

We place a strong emphasis on developing leadership skills through the use of the Level 1 and 2 Sports Leadership Award, FA Junior Football Organisers Award, and the Dance Leaders Award. These opportunities, coupled with enthusiastic and well-qualified staff, enable all students to have the best possible learning conditions available to them.

Students showing exceptional talent in a particular sport are given guidance and support in their development, and strong links have been established with local clubs in order that such students can realise their full potential.


Exam board: AQA
Qualification: 8582
Contact: Mr Longmore |

Why study PE?

The area of sport and physical activity is one of the biggest growing industries in the world at this moment in time. GCSE Physical Education attracts students who have a passion and interest in the area alongside those students who have the drive and ambition to follow a career path in sport and physical activity. It offers a variety of topics and develops a knowledge base which provides a platform for further education and employment. We welcome students with commitment, drive and determination who are keen to progress in the area.

Please note – due to the nature of the practical assessment, students are expected to be competing in at least one sport, to club level or above, away from the academy.

What will I study?

Theory and examinations

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing

NEA and practical

  • Demonstrating skills in physical activity and sport, applying appropriate technique(s)
  • Demonstrating and applying appropriate decision making skills, strategies and/or compositional ideas within physical activity and sport, taking into account personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Demonstrating ideas and problem solving solutions in spontaneous and/or predetermined ways whilst under pressure in physical activity and sport

How will I be assessed?

Non-examined assessment (worth 40%)

Three sports/activities (two individual and one team, or one individual and two team) and a written analysis of one sport (list of sports available on request).

Written examinations (worth 60%)

  • Paper one – the human body and movement in physical activity and sport
  • Paper two – socio-cultural influences and well being in physical activity and sport

Exam board: Pearson
Qualification: 600/4779/3
Contact: Mr Longmore |

Why study sport?

This course 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, 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.

The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry. You will study a range of units as outlined below, underpinning the knowledge and skills required for success in the sports sector. The course will provide a strong foundation for academic or vocational study at Level 3, including apprenticeships.

What will I study?

All students will study four units over the two year course, which equates to 120 guided learning hours.

Mandatory units

  • Unit one – fitness for sport and exercise (30 guided learning hours)
  • Unit two – practical performance in sport (30 guided learning hours)
  • Unit three – applying the principles of personal training (30 guided learning hours)

Optional specialist unit

  • Unit six – leading sports activities (30 guided learning hours)

How will I be assessed?

Unit one is externally assessed through an online examination. This will help students, as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, by providing independent assessment evidence of learning.

Units two, three and six are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables learners to develop a wider range of skills and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including written work, practical performance and verbal presentations.

BTEC Sport is a Level 1/Level 2 qualification; the grades range from Level 2 P to Level 2 D*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be graded at Level 1.

Learners whose level of achievement is below a Level 1 will receive an unclassified (U) result.