The Physical Education programme and extracurricular activities at King Edward VI Handsworth School develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a wide range of physical activities that become a central part of the girl’s lives, both in and out of school.

We offer a high-quality P.E curriculum, which enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

P.E at King Edward VI Handsworth School helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.


There are a number of key aims that underpin the PE department.

  • Improve pupils’ competence in physical activity areas by developing control of whole-body skills and fine manipulation skills, exploring ways to select and use skills, tactics and compositional ideas effectively in different types of physical activity and respond with body and mind to the demands of an activity. We want pupils to take risks and adapt to a widening range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Within the pupils performance we develop understanding of how the components of fitness combine, and applying them to produce effective outcomes. Ensuring the pupils know and understand what needs to be achieved, critically evaluating how well it has been achieved and finding ways to improve.
  • The P.E department teaching staff use imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges. Exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Promote an understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Recognizing that regular physical activity that is fit for purpose, safe and enjoyable has the greatest impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Curriculum and Assessment Maps

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 7

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 8

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 9

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 10

Physical Education Curriculum and Assessment Map- Year 11

Physical Education Dance Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 10

Physical Education Dance Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 11


There are currently 5 passionate and enthusiastic teachers of Physical Education from a wide variety of backgrounds:

  • Mrs L Gardner (Head of Department)
  • Mrs S Shepherd (Year 13 Pupil Leader)
  • Miss C Collins (Year 7 Pupil Leader)

How can parents help?

  1. Encourage students to be physical active
  2. Encourage students to join clubs both in and out of school.
  3. Encourage students to watch sports related documentaries.
  4. Share your sporting experiences.
  5. Share opinions and knowledge of any issues such as drugs in sport – Is it fair? Etc
  6. Encourage students to watch the sporting news.
  7. Encourage students to read about sports in a newspaper
  8. Encourage discussion about current sporting affairs.
  9. Allow on-line access to key websites.
  10. Encourage students to use the library.

Where next

Here are just a few areas in which doing Physical Education would prove to be useful:

  • Becoming a Doctor or a nurse
  • Becoming a Vet
  • Anything in Travel and Tourism and Sports
  • Science research into Anatomy and Physiology
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology of sports
  • Becoming a Dietician
  • Any profession that requires confidence in collaboration, communication, flexibility, loyalty, persevering and the willingness to embrace a new challenge

Opportunities out of lessons

Physical Education opportunities out of lessons

King Edward VI Handsworth School offers an extensive range of extracurricular Clubs including –

  • Netball
  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Various Dance including contemporary, Jazz, street, Tap
  • Football
  • Indoor and Outdoor athletics
  • Indoor and Outdoor Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Bench ball
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Rounders
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis

Useful links

Please see the Edexcel Website, GCSE bitesize, BBC sport