Physical Education

PE Vision

"The aim of Physical Education at St Thomas More is to instil lifelong engagement in Sport and physical activity within our students. We create an environment that enables our students to understand and appreciate the benefits of leading a healthy active lifestyle. Through our 6-strands, students realise that PE is multifaceted and everyone can achieve success. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum that allows the opportunity for every single student to embrace the value of PE. Our students leave St Thomas More with confidence and understanding to be physically competent and to make positive lifestyle choices

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 sports and 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 Leaders Award, currently run with St Joseph’s, The Fulham Bilingual and Oratory Primary Schools.

Assessment in PE is an on-going process, conducted through formative and summative assessment. We focus on 6 Strands in PE which the students are assessed in across the three years in Key Stage 3:

  • Practical Performance
  • Teamwork and Co-Operation
  • Leadership 
  • Healthy Active Lifestyle
  • Personal, Social Responsibility
  • Thinking and Decision Making

Click to read the PE KS3 programme of study for Y7 , Y8 , and Y9

At KS4 - BTEC First Award in Sport

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.

A BTEC First Award in Sport 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.

The course consists of four units, two core units and two optional units. The core units are Fitness for Sports & Exercise and Practical Sports Performance. 

The entire course is coursework-based apart from the core unit of Fitness for Sports & Exercise, which is an online external examination. 

Click to read the PE KS4 programme of study for Y10 and  Y11.


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
  • Volleyball
  • Running club
  • Fitness club

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 the Triborough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster as well as participation in the RBKC School Games Festival and Competitions.

For further information about Sport and PE qualifications please contact Mr J Pereira.

St Thomas More Language College,
Cadogan Street, Chelsea,
London, SW3 2QS