Physical Education

 “Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” 
John F. Kennedy


Physical Education at Kings Langley School

It is our aim to offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, which has sufficient depth and breadth to enable our pupils to develop their full physical and mental confidence. We aim to contribute to the overall education of young people by helping them to lead full and active lives through engaging in purposeful physical activity and sport. As well as developing core skills and tactical awareness through various sporting activities, we are also concerned with the development of other educational qualities such as leadership, social and communicative skills, character, morals, aesthetic appreciation, problem solving skills, along with the development of knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts. We therefore see the variety of physical activity areas as a medium to develop and educate the ‘Whole Child’. Structured and developmental schemes of work provide for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement. The sympathetic selection of learning experiences appropriate to pupils’ experiences, ability and maturity aims to support all pupils in the development of physical competence and promote those skills necessary to effectively plan and evaluate movement and movement-related activities safely and with confidence. Healthy balanced lifestyles has become a major cross-curricular issue and again plays a major part within the programme of study. The promotion of positive character traits is a core focus of the physical education teacher. Our programme offers our pupils the opportunity to experiment, investigate, observe and to discover for themselves, various principles of training and exercise. This understanding will arm them for when they have to make health related decisions on the future.



Mr J Annett MA, PGCE, BA (HONS) (Learning Area Leader for Physical Education & Sport)

Mr D Benson BA (HONS) (Teacher of Physical Education and responsible for A-Level PE studies and Stakeholder Communication)

Mr J Higgins PGCE, BSc (HONS) (Teacher of Physical Education, Student Experience Coordinator and responsible for GCSE PE)

Mr A Choudhury (Teacher of Physical Education and responsible for Student Voice and Inter-House Sport)

Ms S Coughlan (Teacher of Physical Education)

Miss J Mole (Teacher of Physical Education)

Mr J Raine (Teaching Assistant)


Curriculum Intent Objectives:

  • Giving students the physical skills and confidence, knowledge and personal qualities they need for a healthy balanced lifestyle.

  • Develop a lifelong love of, and passion for, physical activity and sport.

  • Support all students to become confident and erudite who are able to lead, persuade and challenge others.

  • Raise students’ aspirations and equip them with the knowledge and skills to flourish in future careers in physical activity or sport.



  • Pupils have full access to the Physical Education National Curriculum which is differentiated to meet pupils’ learning needs and styles.

  • Via a variety of physical activities in curricular and extra-curricular programmes.

  • Through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging, socially supportive and accessible to all.

  • Providing opportunities for repetition to embed knowledge, increasing the chance of information recall and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.

  • Through access to Talent Pathways for talented/elite athletes.

  • Through access to intra and inter-school competition.

  • Through the provision of leadership and officiating opportunities.

  • Via links with external clubs and organisations.

  • Through the delivery of GCSE and A-Level Physical Education.


  • Students leave school wanting to be physically active, maintaining a lifetime involvement in sport through participation, officiating and/or leadership.

  • Students gain a lifelong appreciation of the benefits of regular physical activity and sport, enjoyment through involvement, and the development of transferable physical character traits and skills.

  • Students have the motivation (attitude to learning) to utilise their physical and emotional skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.

  • Academic students have an ability to gain employment within sport or access recognised Universities/Colleges to further study sport related courses.


Physical Education KS3/4 Summary:

In Key Stage 3 pupils will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Throughout the phases students are constantly asked how to outwit opponents; evaluate performances; analyse strengths and weaknesses; whilst developing, adapting and refining skills, strategies and tactics to produce high levels of performances and high quality techniques.

Students should be able to recognise the benefits of and engagement within competitive sport, develop character and the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time and lead healthy, active lives.

They then build at Key Stage 4 as pupils will tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. They will get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.


OCR GCSE Physical Education:

Students can study the OCR GCSE Physical Education in Year 10 & 11 as part of their GCSE option choices. They will receive 6 periods across the two week timetable.

GCSE Physical Education will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. This will require them to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.

  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/ or compositional ideas.

  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.

  • Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.


OCR A-Level Physical Education:

Students can study OCR A-Level Physical Education as part of their A-Level options choices. They will receive 11 periods across the two week timetable.

A-Level Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them to: 

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.

  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance.

  • Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.

  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport.

  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.

  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.

  • Understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.

  • Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.


Physical Education Extra-Curricular Programme:

Our extra-curricular programme is open to all our students on a competitive and social basis is run throughout the academic year. For those wishing to play competitively we provide further opportunities to represent the school in District, Regional, Zonal and National competitions. Students with more developed talent are provided with opportunities to trial for a variety of representative squads, while elite athletes are supported in balancing their academic and sporting commitments


Inter-House Competition Results 2022/2023



Physical Education Learning Journey:

Learning Journey 


Physical Education Curriculum Map:

Curriculum Timetable

Extra Curriculum Timetable

Athletics Curriculum


Places to visit:

Visiting sporting related attractions is a worthwhile pursuit in developing a wider understanding of sport and physical activity, as well as accessing a knowledge rich environment that supports the work done within the department. 

Examples of places to visit


Important Information for Parents and Carers attending PE fixtures:

Please be advised that due to safeguarding and health and safety procedures, if you are intending to watch a PE fixture on the school site you must report to the school reception and sign in during the school day when the office is open. A member of staff will escort you to the field or Sports Hall and we ask that you make yourself known to a member of the Physical Education staff. If you need to re-enter the building during a match you will need to advise a member of staff and they will endeavour to accompany you back into the building.

Physical Education fixture schedule 

Student sports records


Physical Education Key Policies and Information:

Activity policy

PE kit policy

Earring policy

Health and safety policy

PE assessment and feedback policy


Promoting British values in PE


  • Students know how to behave in PE in a way that is acceptable socially.

  • Students understand and accept the roles of Captain, Vice-captain, team players, coaches, officials and choreographers.

  • Students have opportunities to work individually and in teams, making informed choices.

  • Students are fully engaged in lessons.

  • The extra-curricular programme is inclusive and activities are well attended.


The Rule of Law

  • Students can play within the rules across all activities.

  • Students can understand the need for rules, adhere to them and develop rules for activities they have opportunities to create themselves.

  • Students adhere to and understand the rules regarding health and safety as an individual or within a group.

  • Students can solve problems on their own or collaboratively.

  • Students demonstrate good social skills outside of their immediate friendship group.

  • Students can adhere to the social etiquette related to the activities they perform in.


Individual Liberty

  • Students respect individual differences and are confident to express their opinions whilst respecting others’ views.

  • Students are able to make judgements about their own and other performances.

  • Students feel safe in curricular and extra-curricular activities, as well as on off-site visits.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance

  • Students have opportunities to explore different Dance styles and the historical aspects of various sporting activities.

  • Students can articulate their own beliefs.

  • Students are able to avoid sporting stereotypes through their participation in a variety of sporting activities.

  • Students respect PE equipment and the School’s buildings and facilities.

  • Students respect the local countryside and environment when making their way to and from school.

  • Students respect other schools and venues associated with extra-curricular fixtures and visits.

  • Students know the value of PE, are able to contribute to their development and accept rewards and sanctions. 


Reading in Physical Education:

The benefits of reading on a regular basis are well known and the Physical Education Department encourages its students to read daily. We recommend 12 books per year group so that students have the opportunity to read one book per month.

Recommended books


PE Newsletter - Talk of the Sport 

'As a department, we like to recognise the hard work and success of our students inside and outside of school. Here, you can find our departmental newsletter highlighting the most recent achievements, results and updates at the end of each term. We are always on the look out for more opportunities to recognise our students achievements and would love to hear from you. If your child has a sporting achievement that you would like featured in our next newsletter, please email Mr Benson at

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