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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy




Subject Overview

Physical Education, students experience a breadth of activities and also gain knowledge and understanding of various sports, coupled with the principles of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Students are taught through the OBA philosophy of ‘Play, Coach, Referee’ – an internally designed teacher toolkit aimed to increase coaching and leadership opportunities in lessons which has been constructed from the National Curriculum for Physical Education.


Pupils have access to a range of facilities in the sports department. We are lucky to have two sports halls, a gymnasium with trampolines, a swimming pool, 3 astro pitches, 3 grass pitches, tennis courts and our own fitness suite. The sports department have their own classroom with laptops and ipads to further improve sporting knowledge and learning.


In year 7, students study a wide range of games and physical activities that harness their motor skills and competencies. They are also introduced into basic leadership and coaching skills throughout the year. This helps them to verbally articulate and assess their own and each other’s performance and areas for development.

In year 8, students build on their programme of study from year 7 and experience a wide range of skills and activities that are designed to improve their fitness and coordination. The students also experience coaching and leading others in new and unfamiliar activities. This aims to develop confidence and self-esteem, coupled with an affinity for lifelong learning in sport.


Pupils will be have an option of GCSE Physical Education or BTEC Sport diploma.

The Btec Sport Diploma is a vocational, highly practical course.  All of the units give practical, hands on experience of many differing sports industries.  Pupils will study, Unit 1 fitness for Sport and Exercise (external exam), Unit 2 practical sports performance, Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness and Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities.

The GCSE Physical Education course involves studying main concepts such as: the cardiovascular system, the musco-skeletal system, fitness testing, fitness training, performance analysis, sport sociology, sport psychology and elite sports performance pupils gain real understanding of relevant issues in sport science. The course is a real foundation for those looking for a career in sport, or those who simply just enjoy physical education. 


Btec level 3 Diploma in Sport is a stimulating and challenging vocational course for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career in sport and recreation. A wide range of sporting topics are covered over the two years: Anatomy & Physiology, The Physiology of Fitness, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Practical Individual /Team Sport, Assessing Risk in Sport, Work Experience in Sport, Fitness Testing and Programming, Sports Development and Sports Coaching.


There are a wide range of enrichments for pupils in the PE Department. Team sports are very popular such as Netball, Football, Rugby, Handball and Basketball. Individual Sports also are participated well at OBA with Indoor and outdoor athletics, trampoline, gymnastics, taekwondo, badminton and fitness.


There are a range of support sessions that run after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional revision classes are available for all students before they sit their GCSE. There are also a range of coursework clubs to ensure students are up-to-date with all their work.


“Physical Education, the only subject that makes your heart race”

Miss McAuliffe
Head of Department