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Welcome to the P.E Department

I would like to offer you a warm welcome on behalf of the PE Department. We are an enthusiastic and vibrant department that strives to achieve the best from all of the students.

We pursue the school aims of progress, individuality and opportunity. Students will progress when they use and apply their own individuality. The department offers as many opportunities possible for them to strive to achieve this aim.


We pride ourselves on that fact that we have excellent participation rates because we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is adapted to suit the needs of different cohorts of students. The variety of activities offered include team and individual games, athletic, aesthetic, Health Related and swimming based activities.

Our lessons focus on developing students to become independent learners where they are expected plan and evaluate, to think for themselves and for their peers and to be responsible and accountable for their actions. Such qualities are challenged through lessons and a very extensive extra-curricular programme of practices and school team competitions.

The department has strong links with the other schools within the Uttoxeter Pyramid and our students are encouraged to support and lead sporting events in those establishments. Therefore, we offer a structured leadership module in Core PE lessons to help develop the skills required to support these events.

A Career in Physical Education or Sport

In the modern era of sport, success is not solely contributed to physical performance. The elite sportsperson has to consider so many others physiological, psychological and sociological factors when striving to achieve ‘perfection’.

The First Step - BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity & Fitness 

(BTEC Tech)

Head of Department:  Mr C Barrow
Qualification available: BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness
Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Content:

Sport, activity and fitness is a growing industry: it is expected to increase in size by 11 per cent by 2020. There are currently over 400,000 jobs in the UK. Sport, activity and fitness also has a positive impact on the health of the nation. Regular sport and physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions and illnesses, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity. The Department of Health and Social Care is encouraging inactive people to take up activity in any form and the government has broadened Sport England’s role to cover both sport and physical activity, including cycling, dancing and walking.
There has never been a better time to study sport, activity and fitness.
This qualification, which is 120 GLH, is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of, and skills in, health, fitness, activity and sport. You will learn about the body systems, psychology, nutrition and leadership. You will also explore how the development of technology is enhancing sport and activity. This qualification provides the underpinning knowledge for progression in the sector and is a broad offer. You will develop an understanding of sports injuries, as well as investigating the physiological responses to exercise. You will also develop key skills required when working in the sector, such as self reflection, team working, communication, decision making and problem solving.

Components Content Assessment

Component 1: 

Understand the body and supporting technology for sport and activity.

  • Investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems
  • Explore common injuries in sport and activity and methods of rehabilitation
  • Understand how technological advances have impacted sport and activity
Internally assessed presentations 30%

Component 2

The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity

  • Investigate how training can improve fitness for sport and activity
  • Explore how a healthy diet, macro and micronutrients, and hydration are beneficial for sport and activity
  • Understand how psychological factors such as motivation, self-confidence and anxiety can influence participation in sport and activity
1 hour and 30 minutes exam with one re-sit opportunity

Component 3:

Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity

  • Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership
  • Plan activity sessions for target groups
  • Understand how to plan for health, fitness and diet
Internally assessed Planning, delivery and evaluation of leadership session 30%

You will learn by:
1.   Individual and group study of the topics to be covered requiring a practical application of theoretical knowledge.
2.   Analytical approach to sport: Interpreting and analysing data
3.   An appreciation of the need for safety in performance.
4.   Developing effective revision techniques and exam question analysis.
The application of ICT is used to enhance learning.
Components 1 and 3 are assessed by your school through tasks or assignments. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. The assessment for Component 2 is sent away to be marked.
Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and brings your learning together using the knowledge, skills and techniques you have developed to study the planning, leading and reviewing of sport and activity sessions for target groups.

The Second Step - BTEC LEVEL 3 IN SPORT 

This is an A level equivalent course with 2 examined units on Anatomy and Physiology and Fitness Training and 2 assignment based units on Fitness Testing and Careers in the sports industry.

This vocational style qualification researches all of the aspects involved in the field of Sport and Physical Education. Work is project based and requires students to work independently and be responsible for their own planning and meeting of deadlines. There will also be the offer of formal qualifications such as Emergency First Aid.

Higher Education Courses

In the past students have applied for some of the following Higher Education Courses;

  • Sports Science
  • Sports Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Psychology
  • Nursing

Employment opportunities

  • Sports Scientist
  • Events Management
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports / Educational psychologist
  • Sports Agent
  • Policeman
  • Armed Forces PTI
  • Sports Coaching




Thomas Alleyne’s High School participates in various leagues and runs teams and clubs in:


Department Members

Mr C Barrow: Head of Physical Education

Miss S Jones: Head of Whitmore House, Teacher of Physical Education

Mr D Godwin: Teacher of Physical Education, Teacher of Religious Education

Mr O Scattergood: Teacher of Physical Education, Teacher of History

Mrs R Fletcher: Teacher of Physical Education, Teacher of Maths