St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Intent Statement

"The Intent of PE within Curriculum for pupils at St. Ambrose Barlow is to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future."

Through competitive and co-operative experiences the PE department offers a curriculum throughout KS3 & KS4 which covers a wide range of activities to enable all pupils to find activities that they wish to excel in, whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In Physical Education, pupils will develop their ability to perform, select and apply appropriate skills whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of sporting activities. Pupils work in small groups, reciprocally and as individuals, experiencing a wide range of roles within sporting situations such as leader, official, coach, analyst. By ensuring all pupils work in a range of different situations we help all pupils to build confidence and creativity whilst helping to develop co-operation and communication skills.

Assessment is a continual process carried out by teacher observation, pupil-self assessment and is compared to the National Curriculum attainment levels.

Pupils are taught in single gender and mixed groups appropriate to the activity being delivered.

All pupils are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential in each activity and to appreciate the value of physical activity as part of a healthy active lifestyle. An ethos of fair play is encouraged throughout all lessons, whilst ensuring they foster a desire to improve self performance.

The activity list below covers the key activities pupils will experience:

PE Department Staff

Mrs K Grundy - Subject Leader 

Mr M Burns

Mr J Knowles

Miss K Macphail 

Key Stage 3


Football, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Badminton, Volleyball, Short tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Softball, Table Tennis, Dodgeball.

Gymnastics & Trampolining

Pupils work on topics such as Balance, Transfer of Weight, Flight, Rotation and Body Shape. Pupils work at a level and pace set by themselves, whilst being encouraged to explore and develop to improve and refine performance.


Pupils experience track and field events such as 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Shot Putt, Javelin, Discus, High and Long Jump.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Pupils experience problem solving tasks and orienteering. In Year 7, pupils take part in Outdoor Adventurous activities as part of the 'Conwy Centre' residential education course. As part of the GCSE PE course, there is an opportunity to go on a residential trip to the Plas Menai centre in Wales.

Dance and Fitness

The Dance Syllabus in KS3 incorporates the elements of composition, performance and appreciation. The students will develop their ability to explore and communicate ideas from their imagination and express them through the medium of movement and the tools of choreography. The students will extend their capacity to perform in front of peers demonstrating expressive, physical and technical competence. They will also develop their skills in appreciation using self-reflective judgement and that of their peers and mentors.

Fitness is part of the curriculum, which involves circuit training, boxing and interval training.

Safe practice and the safe use of apparatus and equipment is stressed at all times.

Pupils will be able to choose to study GCSE PE or Cambridge National Sports Science in Years 10 and 11.

Pupils are able to take part in both recreational and competitive sports after school with a large number of our pupils taking part in various activities at local and regional level.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Maps

Knowledge Organisers

Badminton, Football, Fitness and Gymnastics

Hockey, Trampolining and Handball

Rugby, Football, Orienteering and Badminton

Cambridge National Sports Studies 


PE - Recovery Curriculum

Under normal circumstances The PE curriculum would be completed as detailed in the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps. Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic a modified curriculum is being delivered which specifies what students learn in school and remotely. The department examined the Scheme of work and decided which elements of the course were essential and would still give the students the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course. The recovery curriculum maps are available below.

Recovery Curriculum Maps

KS4 Curriculum Maps

KS4 Knowledge Organisers