PE - St Mary's and St John's CE School



“Physically educated persons are those who have learnt to arrange their lives in such a way that the habitual physical activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing.” 

Our PE curriculum aims to create motivated and passionate learners, who develop a lifelong love and appreciation for sport and physical activity and the knowledge and understanding that sport and physical activity is good for them and how it will prolong and enhance their lives. The curriculum is designed to inspire all pupils, allowing them to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities, giving them the skills and knowledge to continue participating in these sports when they leave school. The PE curriculum will enable students to play a positive role in society by providing them with the knowledge, skills, attributes, and qualification to become educated citizens and flourish in the future. 

Students will be taught the knowledge and skills to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Not only will they gain a better understanding of the physical benefits of physical activity and sport, but they will also gain an appreciation of the mental and social benefits that sport gives you. Students will have the opportunity to develop different skillsets, from cooperating with one another on your team to competing against someone else and the principles of fair play and the etiquette of each sport. Students can take the skills that sport teaches them beyond the sporting area. 


Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers a great opportunity for students to develop their core skills and core knowledge in a wide range of sports and activities. Students’ will have the opportunity to develop both their physical and understanding in a range of activities, including: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Health related fitness, OAA, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball. Throughout Key Stage 3, students are introduced to different theoretical content, that empowers them with the knowledge and understanding of how sport benefits them physically, mentally and in the wider society. 

KS4 Core

Students follow a programme of participation where a variety of sports are offered throughout the year which builds on their development throughout Key Stage 3 and introducing them to new sports and physical activity. During Key Stage 4 PE, we aim to develop their technique and improve their performance in competitive sports/physical activities, whilst also helping them to develop their personal fitness and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The aim is for students to develop an enthusiasm for exercise and physical activity and gaining a better understanding of the benefits of physical exercise with a view to adopting a lifelong habit. 


Studying GCSE PE opens your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Students develop their knowledge, understanding and skills into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of the physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. Physical Education is learnt through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both our everyday life and that of others. Students will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. They also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and violence in sports and gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet. 

Super Curricular  

We encourage as many students as possible to attend our super curricular clubs, whether it is competitive or to encourage healthy living. We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in competitive sport, both locally and regionally.  

Clubs that we offer are listed below:  

  • Athletics (both indoor and outdoor)
  • Basketball  
  • Cricket  
  • Football  
  • Handball  
  • Netball  
  • Rounders  
  • Table Tennis  
  • Trampolining  
  • Volleyball  

Students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through our link with Barnet Partnership for School Sport, through which students have supported and helped manage local primary competitions. 

Our Super Curricular offer also includes many different enrichment trips ranging from Ski Trips to watching elite level sport at numerous different sporting venues, such as Lord’s Cricket Ground and The Copper Box located within the Olympic Park. 

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