Physical Education

Curriculum Leader:

Miss L Donnelly

Department Introduction:

As a department, we strongly believe in promoting a fun, active and healthy lifestyle, where students can develop an understanding of the different reasons and benefits of taking part in physical activity and become informed participants about the activities that they are taking part in. Image We use a variety of engaging and different styles in order to engage all students and ensure that skill progression is made by all. We offer a curriculum that is both broad and balanced in order to ensure depth of learning and understanding. We then aim to extend on their learning experiences and opportunities by offering a variety of extra-curricular activities and inter-house competitions for the girls to take part in. We believe that PE should be fun in order for the girls to want to take part in physical activity and promote this in our teaching and the opportunities that we offer to our students. Click on the links below to find out more about each area of the PE curriculum.

Key Stage 3:

In Key Stage 3 pupils will take part in netball, hockey,badminton,striking and fielding (cricket and rounders), orienteering gymnastics, dance, tennis and athletics in their core curriculum PE lessons.

At Key Stage 3 pupils take part in a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each girl has the opportunity to develop across a range of activities, to the best of her ability. The activities that we do this through are netball, hockey,orienteering (Year 7 only), badminton (Year 8 & 9), gymnastics, dance, tennis, athletics and cricket or rounders.


Students have the opportunity to extend their performance and knowledge abilities by attending extra-curricular activities, which also give students increased access to competition.

Key Stage 4:

Years 10 - 11 (Core PE)


All girls continue to take part in Physical Education in years 10 and 11. We aim to build upon the experiences that the girls have had in Key Stage 3 and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding further. The girls are able to opt to take part in activities that they have a greater interest in and follow pathways that suit them.


Examples fo some fo the activities that we offer are netball, hockey, badmnton, basketball, table tennis, rounders, cricket, tennis, dance (various styles) gymnastics and athletics.


All girls follow a compulsory Fitness for Life Module in Year 10. The aim is that they will experience a range of different fitness methods that they can engage in within lessons and then draw upon knowledge and experience they  gain to engage in Fitness activities for Life.


We also offer the opportunity to achieve the accredited Junior Sports Leaders and or Junior dance Leaders Award. This aims to develop communication, organisation, confidence with others and leadership through the medium of sport and dance.


Years 10 - 11 (GCSE PE)


We follow the OCR specification for Physical Education.


There are three main aspects to the course assessment which are outlined below. 


Theoretical component


Percentage weighting: 40%

Method of assessment: 2 x 1 hour exam


Practical component


Percentage weighting: 50%

Method of assessment: Ongoing teacher assessment over 2 years.Best Four practical activity marks to be used


Analysis of Lifestyle


Percentage weighting: 5%

Method of assessment: Practical & Theorectical analysis of Lifestyle & action plan undertaken in controlled conditions


Analysis of Performance


Percentage weighting: 5%

Method of assessment: Practical & Theorectical analysis of Performance & action plan undertaken in controlled condition


A whole range of interesting topics are covered within the theoretical components. Some examples are key concepts and key processes in PE, opportunities, pathways & participation in PE, fitness testing and designing fitness programmes, what makes a skillful movement? goal setting, diet. 

Understanding how body systems such as the skeletal system, muscular system and circulatory system affect performance & participation. Risk assessment & injury treatment, plus many more.

Within the practical component, candidates need to be able to perform to a high standard in 4 different practical activities. The following activities will be delivered in school:

Hockey, netball, gymnastics, dance, exercise to music, badminton, tennis, rounders and athletics. If an individual performs to a high standard in a practical activity outside of school and the activity is accepted by the examination board then they may also be assessed in this activity.

Within the first term of the Year 10, pupils are offered the opportunity to attend a four day residential trip to High Adventure DEC in North Yorkshire. They will complete two assessments in different activities from orienteering, rock climbing, canoeing & mountain biking.

Key Stage 5:

We have 3 different ways in which girls can formally take part in Physical Education during years 12 and 13.


A-Level Physical Education


As part of the consortium that we have with S.Peter’s collegiate School and St.Edmund’s R.C School, the girls can opt to take A-level PE that will be delivered by specialist staff at these schools.


Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award in Community Sports Leadership


The course aims to develop leadership skills through the medium of sport. It will teach pupils how to organise and plan, how to motivate others, how to communicate effectively and how to work well in a team. Skills that are all highly regarded by employers and higher education providers. (The students will have to complete 10 hours of voluntary sports leadership in the community to receive the award.


A major aspect of the course is that the girls have to organise an event. Over the six years that the course has ran, this has been done at the end of the summer term for our Year 7 pupils. The girls have organised a variety of events including tennis tournaments, sports day, rounders competitions and a disability sports awareness tournament. Each of these have been done to raise money for worthy charities including Save The Children, Sport Relief and the Teenager Cancer Trust. In 2011 the girls have organised the largest event yet. To help celebrate the schools Centenary, the girls organised a whole school sports day to raise money for the local charity Promise Dreams.


Recreational PE


There is the opportunity for members of the sixth form to access the PE facilities during 2 periods each week.


The Key Stage 5 PE takes place on a Wednesday afternoon.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

The department offers a wide range of activities that girls can attend during both lunch times and after school. The activities are open for all girls to attend and enjoy their participation in the activities. We do also have a number of competitive teams and have a history of some success in different sports and activities.




There is a netball team for each year group in the school. We are proud that we often experience success in the local leagues and tournaments. Often being runners-up or winners. We have also experienced success with some of our teams at the South Stafforshire Tournaments.


We have a number of girls from different age groups that have been selected to be members of South Staffordshire County netball academy.




There is an extra-curricular hockey club available for all years. Most practices take place on the school site on both the schools tennis courts and in the sports hall. We also access Aldersley astro-turf pitch for some after school practices and matches in order to give the girls the opportunity to develop and improve their skills on this surface.




There is a badminton club for all year groups. These are open to all abilities and have a friendly and sociable atmosphere to them. We do enter teams in to the local Wolverhampton league and tournaments. Both our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 teams are currently Wolverhampton Champions.




We run both a senior and junior football club during lunch times. This is open to all abilities. We do enter teams in to the local competitions. Our Year 7 tean are currently Wolverhampton League Champions and also won the Jimmy Mullen Cup which was played at the Molineux Stadium.




The gymnastics club runs intermitently working towards the Wolverhampton Schools competition, which takes place in December. The club is available for all age groups and abilities to come along to. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and to improve upon the skills that they already have. The girls work towards creating their own floor sequence and a vault.


Cross Country


There is a weekly cross-country practice during the autumn and spring terms. There is a cross-country team that competes in the Wolverhampton league and town championships. We have had success in these competitions in recent years. There are both individual and team competitions in these events.




The school has a swimming team which competes in the Wolverhampton league and also enters invitational competitions that we are invited to attend. 


We have also entered teams in to the British Schools Biathlon competition, which combines swimming and running.




The tennis clubs run during the summer term. There are clubs open to all year groups. We also allow pupils to book out the tennis courts during the lunch hour in order to play recreational tennis with their friends.


We enter teams in to the local leagues and tournaments and also into the National Aegon Schools Competition.




We run athletics clubs during the summer term. We have a track practice two lunch times per week. We also have separate throwing and jumping clubs that girls can come along to either to improve their performances or to try out for the school team. We have been overall Wolverhampton Schools Girls Champions for the past 4 years.




We have a number of different dance classes that cater for different age groups and different styles of dance. This year we held our first dance show which was a huge success and we hope to repeat in future years.




We are very fortunate to have a strong link with Wolverhampton Cricket Club in Tettenhall. We welcome a coach from their club who comes into school to work with our students. Many of our students have gone on to represent the cricket club and we currently have six representing their county in cricket. Our under 15 team are currently the South Staffordshire Indoor Cricket Champions.




We also have a link with Wolverhampton Rugby Club and are pleased to welcome their coaches into school on a weekly basis to deliver rugby to our students. They get the opportunity to participate in local competitions.




We have a number of cheerleading squads throughout all age groups within the school. The cheerleading is actually delivered by our own student leaders who are able to lead and inspire their youngers peers. They have attended the UKCA National Cheerleading competition for the past two years.




There is a Fun-fit session that is open to all students to attend which runs two mornings a week before school. This allows pupils to come along and do some form of exercise of their choice before they go into formal lessons throughout the day.




We welcome an external coach who comes into school to work with our students to do self defence  and kickboxing work.


Inter House Competitions


The school has a tradition for holding inter-house competitions in different activities that all girls can get involved with and trial to represent their house. We hold competitions in badminton, hockey, netball and tennis. 


The house captain’s and sports prefects in year 13 are responsible for organising their teams and coaching them throughout the competitions.


There is usually a lot of friendly competitiveness in the competitions and are very enjoyable events to be part of. All girls that represent their houses in the different activities are very proud to do so.

Wolverhampton Girls' High School


Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0BY

T: 01902 551515