Physical Education

Physical Education Members of Staff:

  • Mrs N. Coombes: Head of PEpe_rugby1
  • Mr A. Haigh: Second in Department
  • Mrs C. Walker: Teacher of PE
  • Mr D. Butler: Assistant Head teacher & Teacher of PE
  • Mrs S. Butler: Teacher of PE
  • Mr H. Smith: Teacher of PE
  • Mr J. Tizard: Teacher of PE
  • Mrs H. Raines: Teacher of PE


Twitter – In 2013-14, we ventured into the world of Twitter (@KESlichfield_PE) and now have over 150 followers.  Please follow us on Twitter by clicking the icon below, where you will find sports activities, results and photographs:



Subject Overviewpe_football1

At KEVI, the ethos of the department is “Sport for All and Sport for Life”.  It is hoped that through both curricular and extra-curricular sport that all pupils will engage in sports that they enjoy. For this reason, enjoyment of the activities is a key aim in what we consider to be a broad and balanced curriculum.  We also have a tradition of sporting excellence that remains apparent through success during school sports teams’ activities.


PE kit

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In the unlikely event that your son/ daughter is unable to participate practically in a PE lesson, we ask that they still bring their PE kit to change into.  There are many other roles that your son/daughter can complete during the lesson to ensure a fully inclusive subject.  Furthermore, the British weather often means that by bringing their kit, their school uniform can remain dry for the remainder of the school day.  Thank you for your support on this matter.  Please click here for more details:  Girls and Boys PE Kit


Canterbury website (home delivery) – you can buy all of the essential ‘Canterbury’ branded PE kit on this website, plus optional kit (e.g. tracksuit bottoms, jacket/ hoodie) and accessories should you wish to.

Uniform Plus – stockists of ‘Canterbury’ rugby jersey and non-branded other essential PE uniform:

  • Apartment 2, Cardinal House, 19A Tamworth Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6JP   01543 414520
  • Unit 6, Burntwood Town Shopping Centre, Cannock Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, Staffs. WS7 1JR  01543 677068

WB Schoolwear – online or in store.

  • 20 Bells End Lane, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8ND
  • Online – click here

Labelling – it is essential that you get your son/ daughters PE uniform labelled.  This can be either written in the label, name tagged or embroidered on to the kit.  The number of students in the changing rooms at one time does mean that kit can sometimes get lost/ mixed up.  By having your child’s name on every piece of kit, we can return any lost/ mislaid items.

For students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11, the new kit is optional and can be purchased in the same way.  Uniform plus and Buxton & Bonnett will still have some supplies of the old PE kit to purchase in the usual way.

Have you grown out of your old PE kit?

If anybody has any PE kit that they have grown out of and it will not be used by a younger brother, please could you donate it to the PE department. There are some students who cannot currently afford to buy new kit and it would be fantastic if we could help them.   We also use it for the odd occasion a student forgets to bring an item of kit to the lesson.  Thanks in anticipation of your support.  Please bring it to the PE office.

Key Stage 3

At the start of Key Stage 3, all students follow a baseline assessment course to ascertain what level they are currently working at.  Their progress against this starting point is then recorded throughout Key Stage 3.

Students follow units of work in the following sports:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Badmintonsports 2
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Health related exercise
  • Netball
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Tennis

pe_cricket1At key stage three, students have two one-hour PE lessons per week; in this the students are encouraged to explore and develop skills through a variety of different sports. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills are reinforced through teaching and learning so the students understand the importance of interacting with others and how fairness encourages all to participate.  They also experience a number of other roles, such as leadership and officiating, which helps them to develop a further understanding of sporting activities and key transferable skills for life.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Physical Education

Syllabus: GCSE Physical education

Course: Edexcel

Course overview

The GCSE course is in addition to the core PE programme and leads to a full GCSE award. It is important that the students enjoy physical exercise and that he/she shows a strong commitment to extra-curricular activities.  PE offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in a wide range of sports and activities and helps to improve performance. Students will learn about exercise, how the body works to help you exercise and then through training how performance can be improved.

The course also allows students to develop a wide range of personal skills through involvement in physical activity.

Course content

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination: 1hour & 45 minutes

36% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Component 2: Health and Performance

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

24% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport Psychology
  • Topic 3: Social-cultural influences
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Component 3: Practical Performance

Non- examined assessment: Internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Skills during individual and team activities
  • General performance skills

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list.

One must be a team, one must be an individual activity and the final activity can be a free choice.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme

Non-examined assessment: Internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Aim and planning a analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will require students to analyse and evaluate their performance.

Key Stage 4 – Core PE Lessons

Physical Education is a compulsory subject for pupils in Year 10 and 11 in all schools. As well as continuing to develop their physical skills and fitness in practical lessons, our primary aim is to educate students to give access to lifelong learning and participation in physical activity.

Having experienced a wide and varied curriculum in Key Stage 3, at the end of Year 9, all pupils will be given the chance to choose a range of practical sports they wish to do in Year 10. Where possible they will be given a choice from a full range of activities:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketballsports
  • Cricket
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Rounders
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball

Key stage 5

As your son/ daughter progresses beyond key stage four, they may choose to study a course in further education in Physical Education.  At KEVI Sixth Form, we offer both AS/A – Level Physical Education and BTEC Sport Science (Level three).  Both courses are heavily subscribed each year by both current King Edward VI students and other students from many different high schools across the county.  We have an excellent pass rate for both courses and these have helped many students gain places in higher education or employment.

House Activities

As part of the sporting programme on offer at KEVI, students are given many opportunities to represent their house (Addison, Clinton, Darwin & Garrick) in sporting activities.  A number of students participate in many different activities throughout the year and as a result has been able to increase the access to a range of sporting opportunities.

The Living for Sport Programmeskysports_livingforsport

SKY Living for Sport aims to use the power of sport to engage, motivate and inspire some of our students to reach their full potential.

The initiative was developed in partnership with BSkyB and supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCFS). Sky Living for Sport targets students who show capability to be the next generation of leaders.  Click the Living for Sport Logo for more information.

Students work with teachers and support staff to set personal targets and goals. They take part in a range of activities such as school house activities, leadership workshops and extra-curricular clubs.  They then go on to organise a sporting event for some of our feeder primary school students.

Tom Davis, team GB for Judo, has visited school recently to work with this year’s cohort of students (

The programme culminates with a celebration event, recognising and rewarding the student’s achievements against their set goals.

Teacher in charge – Mr A Haigh