Physical Education

Provision of PE throughout secondary school and KS4 options.

Our Department is dedicated towards the development of every student through their involvement in physical activity in order to assist and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

This year, we are once again attempting to provide as many competitive and recreational sporting opportunities to our students as possible. This is achieved via our varied Key Stage 3 Curriculum and our inclusion focused extra-curricular programme.

Our students learn how to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through a range team and individual games and also develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports. They take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and are encouraged to work cohesively and effectively in teams. They develop leadership skills which develops confidence and self-esteem and everyone learns how to help each other in their PE lessons. Our students also learn how to analyse their own and others’ performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal bests.

Boys at Birkdale are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of competitive sports and activities outside of school through our community links and extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities.


All students will experience a variety of sports during the year and will develop in a range of different roles. In lessons, students receive leadership training in Term One and use the skills they learn to develop their own and others’ performances in other activity areas. They learn how to work effectively as part of a team and how to observe and analyse each other’s performances in order to improve relatively advanced skills, techniques and tactics in the areas outlined below.

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Football, Basketball, Health Related Fitness and Leadership

Spring Term

  • Badminton, Rugby, Table Tennis and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Softball, Tennis and Cricket

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Football, Basketball, Health Related Fitness and Leadership

Spring Term

  • Badminton, Rugby, Table Tennis and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Softball, Tennis and Cricket

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Football, Basketball, Health Related Fitness and Leadership

Spring Term

  • Badminton, Rugby, Table Tennis and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Softball, Tennis and Cricket


In Years 10 and 11 students tackle a range of complex and demanding physical activities. They get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. The boys are taught to:

Year 10

Students be taught a number of different activities throughout the year. They work autonomously and cohesively to organise and develop their own structured coaching practices and competitions. Leadership skills are further developed as the boys make more and more responsibility for their own learning. Advanced tactics and strategies are explored and evaluated in a range of sporting activities:

Autumn Term

  • Football, Basketball, Health Related Fitness and Rugby.

Spring Term

  • Badminton, Table Tennis Football and Health Related Fitness.

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Softball, Tennis and Cricket.

Year 11

In Year 11, students are given an options based programme comprising a number of different activities throughout the year. Once again, they work autonomously and cohesively to organise and develop their own structured coaching practices and competitions. As with Year 10, advanced tactics and strategies are explored and evaluated in activities such as:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Rugby
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Golf

GCSE PE

At Birkdale we offer GCSE Physical Education to students at the end of Year 9 and boys undertaking the course currently follow the Edexcel Syllabus. We pride ourselves on our excellent course delivery and our A*-C Pass Rates are always well above the National Averages for boys.

In this course, students will take part in both theory and practical sessions and will be required to complete a coursework study worth 10% of the overall qualification. students are also assessed practically over four areas of study (50% of the marks) and will sit a final examination in Year 11 (40% of the marks).

Year 10

Throughout the year students will focus on developing their knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  • Healthy Active Lifestyles
  • Influences
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Physical Activity
  • Personal Health
  • Mind and Body

They will also complete their internally assessed and externally moderated coursework task based around Analysis of Performance.

A range of practical units of work are also delivered in Year 10 and boys will provisionally receive practical scores for Football, Table Tennis, Softball and Badminton.

Year 11

In Year 11, students will focus on developing their knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Muscular System
  • Skeletal System
  • Exam Skills
  • Effective Revision Techniques

A range of practical units of work are also delivered in Year 11 and boys will provisionally receive practical scores for Rugby, Tennis, Judo and Basketball.

Assessment arrangements will also be put in place to enable students to be graded in other practical areas that they may be involved in outside of the school context.

All our students who undertake the GCSE PE course will receive a course file to assist with the organisation of their learning materials over the two year period. They also have the opportunity to attend intervention sessions during lunchtimes to address any gaps in understanding as the course progresses. To assist in the students’ preparation we encourage all the boys to purchase the Edexcel Student Revision Book which is made available to them at a cost of £3.

Edexcel Specification

Specification from the examination board.

BTec Sport

BTEC Sport is a vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. These courses engage young learners to work independently and within a team, take responsibility for their own learning and develop essential work-related skills.

You must be interested in sport but it is not essential that you have a high skill level in PE. You need to be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of people and possess basic ICT skills. In addition to written coursework this course involves lots of practical activities which you will need to enthusiastically participate in, applying your good level of fitness. You will need to be well-motivated, be able to meet deadlines and prepared to work hard.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH. The BTEC First Award has units that are assessed internally and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks externally.

Why BTec Sport

The course aims to encourage personal development through practical application and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities. It gives learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through selection of optional core units namely Practical Sport and Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise. It encourages learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select optional specialist units available in the qualification structure.

The course is taught through practical activities wherever possible, less theory. It also introduces you to the employment area you may have chosen and provides a good basis for more advanced work-related qualifications.

Additionally, it provides for a smooth transition from Level 2 to Level 3 BTEC Sport.

Edexcel Specification

Specification from the examination board.


Year 10

Over the course of the year, students will complete the following Core Units.

Unit 1 – Practical Sports Performance
In this unit different training methods are developed as well as an understanding of how to achieve sporting excellence. In addition to this students will plan, implement and evaluate their own personal fitness programme.

Unit 5 – Training for Personal Fitness
In this unit skills required to plan an exercise programme are developed and students learn how to assist in instructing an exercise session.

In both units students will be given three or four assignment briefs to complete which will contribute towards their final course scores.

Year 11

Over the course of the year students will complete the following Core Units.

Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance
This unit will provide the opportunity to experience a variety of practical sporting situations, both individual and team. The unit focuses on your performance.

Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities

This unit will provide insight into the world of coaching and presents you with the practical opportunity to lead groups in exercise based activities.

In both units students will be given three or four assignment briefs to complete which will contribute towards their final course scores.

About Us

Birkdale High School, a limited company registered in England and Wales under Company number 07695504.

Registered address: Windy Harbour Road, Southport PR8 3DT

Headteacher: G Bourgade

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