Physical Education

"The PE department at St Thomas More follow the National Curriculum for Physical Education. The role of the department is to develop competence and confidence for young people in their activities, complemented by training in skills, tactics and performance analysis."
Students have an opportunity to participate, lead and officiate in PE as individuals and by working in teams. 
Participation in PE helps students to learn about healthy , active lifestyles and how to be effective in performance and understand many situations from a front landing in Trampolining to problems solving  in Orienteering.
Students also have time to reflect on their own and others’ performance.
At KS3 
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have 2 hours of PE a week. They undertake a broad and balanced curriculum of PE both on and off site. Students work towards targets through a variety of activities such as: problem solving (outdoor activities / orienteering), outwitting opponents (invasion games), working at maximum levels (Fitness & Athletics), exercising safely exploring and communicating ideas and accurate replication (dance and performances).
Year 9 students are able to undertake a first qualification / Level 1 Sports Leader Award, currently run with St Joseph’s and the Oratory Primary Schools.
Assessment in PE is an on-going process, conducted through formative and summative assessment by teachers, supplemented by booklets written work.
Students at Year 10 and Year 11 have one hour of PE a week and work towards a healthy lifestyle through the Key Stage 4 National Curriculum, emphasising fitness through a range of physical activities to prepare students for adult life. They also have the opportunity to do a level 2 sports leader award and further leadership and officiating qualifications.
Qualification Information
Examination Offered Options Exam Specification Progression options Assessment
Physical Education GCSE Click here for Edexcel exam specification A level, BTec
Terminal examinations and controlled assessments
A GCSE PE is offered to develop: a practical understanding of theoretical elements of, trends in participation, government initiatives, the sociology, physiology and psychology of sport in society.
Assessment is 60% practical (Analysis of performance / Personal Exercise Program / Performance, leadership or officiating in four activities)
The written exam is based upon theory learnt and forms the remaining 40% of the total marks.
The PE Department offers a wealth of extra-curricular activities to suit all interests, ages and abilities. Most of these are run after school and are free for all students.
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Rock Climbing
  • Trampolining
  • Basketball
  • Girls’ Football
  • Boys’ Football
  • Table-tennis
Regular Inter House Competitions are run in many sports; and a sports day is held in the Summer term.
The PE Department at St Thomas More is also very active in competitions and activities outside of the school: The competitions and activities include Team games against other schools within Kensington and Chelsea as well as participation in the RBKC School Games Festival and Competitions.
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