Physical Education

Our Rationale:

‘To inspire all pupils to enjoy and value being physically active. This includes in competitive sports where they can challenge themselves to succeed and in non competitive sporting activities that enable them to develop their physical and mental health, fitness and social wellbeing now and into their futures.’

Our intent: 

At St Matthew’s, we want to create lifelong learners, who value the importance of sport, physical activity and their health and fitness.  In PE we aim to provide all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, with a focus on enjoyment, challenge and progress. We challenge all pupils to develop both their physical abilities and their understanding through our extensive range of activities.

We seek to strike a balance between performance and participation, not only enabling our most able sportsmen to achieve excellence, but also catering for the needs of all pupils in the context of a curriculum which is underpinned by a ‘sport for all’ philosophy.


At the end of his/her Physical Education career at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

  • Enjoy participating in a wide range of sports and physical activities and to stay active after they leave school
  • Understand the importance of leading a physically active lifestyle and its benefits to their health and fitness
  • Know and understand the rules, skills and tactics used to perform effectively in a wide range of sports and physical activities
  • Know how the different training methods that can be used to improve their fitness and understand how hard they have to work to develop it
  • Gain a lifelong love of watching a wide variety of sport and the social benefits that this can have
  • Achieve the highest academic grade they are able to
  • Understand what it is to be a team player where you have to work hard for the good of the collective group not just yourself

Homework / Assessment:

The pupils practical ability in the range of activities covered are constantly being assessed to inform lesson planning and track pupil achievement. All KS3 pupils are formally assessed at the end of the activity block with levels of attainment and effort recorded in line with department policy. KS4 pupils have their effort and engagement assessed and formally recorded.

KS3 are also set homework’s throughout the year to practice certain practical skills that will benefit their performance. They also receive 4 revision sheets based on the sports studies course that they are then formally assessed on with written tests.  

Cambridge National in Sports Studies pupils have their coursework assessed upon completion throughout the course and they also have 2 formal examinations in the January and May of their final year.


Rewards and recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the schools reward system and are recognised for excellence on the recognition and rewards boards.

At St Matthew’s we also offer an extensive extra-curricular sporting programme combining open access club participation with targeted team training through access to the sports facilities before school, at lunchtimes and after school. St Matthew’s enters local, regional and national competitions in a wide range of activities including football and athletics and achieves a high level of success.

Celebrations of these successes, as well as key information, are regularly posted on the department’s Twitter feed @SMRHCS_PE.