Back to Subjects Menu

Physical Education


PE and sport can have a powerful impact on a young person’s development: boosting achievement, building vital communication and leadership skills and teaching the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. We aim to provide high quality PE and sport to all pupils attending The Grange School. Pupils benefit from fantastic facilities at The Grange including a Sports Hall, Dance Studio and Astro turf.


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 it is important to first build on and establish skills already learnt in Key Stage 2 and ensure that pupils are performing with good co-ordination, control and fluency. As they progress through Key Stage 3, pupils should be more aware of rules and they should start to develop good leadership skills and show qualities that enhance their competence in a variety of sports. To improve their performances, they need to develop and understand tactics and strategies, combining this with good decision making.

Students take part in a wide range of sports and activities, spending 6 weeks on each. Activities range from traditional team games such as Netball, Rugby, Football, Hockey, Rounders, Cricket, Basketball, Handball and Volleyball to individual activities such as Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis and Trampolining. Students also complete a sports leadership unit in each year. Students have 4 Hours of PE over 2 weeks and the aim is to give students a truly broad experience of PE. They are developed as performers, leaders and officials and over the key stage, students will work in both mixed ability and ability groups.

As pupils move towards Key Stage 4, their programme of activities allows them greater opportunity for choice, with a large emphasis being placed on making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyles. Pupil’s physical and mental capacity are pushed by taking pupils outside of their comfort zone ensuring they prepare mentally for challenges that lay ahead. In their performances we see them critically evaluating how well the performance has gone and finding ways to improve by observing one another’s work. Pupils become confident in a variety of roles and take these on without being asked. Teaching of units in Year 9 takes into consideration BTEC Sport, GCSE PE and practical assessments that will be undertaken in Year 10 and 11. Pupils need to develop knowledge of key words linked to Fitness components, testing & training and be encourage to link the effect of exercise to the relevant body systems. Rules, regulations, evaluating and analysing performance need to be embedded in lessons.

To find out what sports you will be doing and when, please click here.


Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 all pupils participate in Core PE and there are options for BTEC Sport and GCSE PE. Moving into Year 12 and 13 pupils can follow the BTEC Level 3 Sports course in our vocational sixth form.

Core PE

In Years 10 and 11, students are given more flexibility in their Physical Education choices and choose which activities they wish to follow. Choices range over a variety of individual activities such as Health and Fitness, Aerobics, Trampolining, Cycling, Table Tennis, Badminton and sports leaders through to team sports such as Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Rounders, Cricket and Softball.

Examination PE

At Key Stage 4, we offer BTEC  level 1/2 in Sport. This course is very popular and gives students 5 additional lessons on top of their core PE.

For the BTEC First, students complete 4 Units over 2 years. 75% of the course is internally assessed and the final 25% is via an external exam. The 4 units currently on offer are practical sports performance, training for personal fitness, leading sports activities and fitness for sport and exercise (externally assessed.)


Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and encourage all pupils to attend as many clubs as possible. Fixtures are weekly and teams also attend a variety of tournaments. We also run the Dorset rugby 7s, which is held every March at Bournemouth Rugby club.