Physical Education plays an important part in the lives of students at St Augustine Academy. It develops self-confidence and gives them opportunities to take part in a wide range of sporting activities. Through teaching a variety of activities at KS3, we fulfil the objectives of the National Curriculum programmes of study. We then increase their ability and knowledge in KS4 with our option pathway and GCSE courses.

Key Stage 3 (years 7-8)

In Years 7 and 8, all students have two lessons per week with 6 staff timetabled per half year group. Each group is divided into single sex groups. Students access the full 6 areas of the Key Stage 3 PE National Curriculum over the two years. Dance is taught separately within Performing Arts.

The programme looks to produce creative thinkers, reflective learners, individual and team workers, self managers and effective participators. This is achieved by studying the essences of Outwitting Opponents, Accurate Replication, Performing at Maximum Levels, Identify and Solving Problems and Exercising Safely & Effectively to Improve Health and Well-being through different activities. They also take part in regular fitness tests and training to improve their health.

Key Stage 4 (years 9-11)

Physical Education & Accreditation Opportunities:

GCSE Course:
The department delivers the Edexcel courses to Gifted and Talented students in PE and those with a passion to improve. Assessment is as follows:

Practical 48%
Theory exam 40%
Analysis of Sport 12%

Sports Leader Awards
The Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership is incorporated into their GCSE learning. We also offer the opportunity for Key Stage 4 students to study the Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership as part of their core PE programme.

Sports leadership is a strength of the Academy and we recognise that sports leaders are highly effective role models to our younger students. We link closely with the School Sports Partnership as we provide sports leaders for their events and the Partnership provides our sports leaders with very real leadership opportunities.

The Department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme with clubs running before school, at lunchtimes and after school (see timetable on this site: Students – Extra-Curricular activities). Clubs are run by members of the PE department, governing-body qualified coaches, School Sports Coordinators and increasingly by other members of our Academy’s teaching staff and community. The clubs are attended by a large number of students and teams are also run in a wide range of sports.

A new programme of after school clubs is published each half term. The following activities are offered during the year:

  • Football (Boys / Girls)
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby (Boys / Girls)
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Athletics


BTEC First Extended Certificate in Sport:

The BTEC First Extended Certificate in Sport is a work related course that is studied by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It will introduce students to the demands of the Sports and Leisure industry and provides an excellent stepping stone towards more advanced work based qualifications.

If chosen, this course will  take up one option and it requires 3 hours of study each week.
Units covered

Mandatory Units
•    Fitness Testing and Training - Looking at the fitness demands of top class athletes down to the average performer.
•    Practical Sport - One lesson per week will be practical based. Students MUST be prepared to work indoors and outdoors.
Optional Units
There will be some element of choice to reflect the strengths of the group as a whole.
•    Training for Personal Fitness
•    Leading Sports Activities