Physical Education

Physical Education

The Physical Education department at Unity College provides all learners with an outstanding experience of physical activity and sport. Our inclusive culture, built upon strong relationships between learners and staff, inspires the development of both physical and social confidence and encourages positive attitudes towards healthy and active lifestyles.

As a department we promote and incorporate the “School Games Values” of honesty, team work, passion, respect, determination and self belief. This is ensured through a diverse and inclusive curriculum which is provided by outstanding teaching and learning as well as exceptional facilities and resources. The curriculum itself has been coherently planned and designed to build on prior learning to ensure that our learners maximise their potential and can be the best that they can be.

Opportunities for physical activity and sport at Unity College go above and beyond timetabled lessons, which enables further promotion of lifelong participation in physical activity. At Unity College we are passionate about sport and provide an abundance of extra curricular activities and leadership opportunities to involve all learners. Our community club links are also utilised to ensure that learners have the opportunity to follow their passion and widen their own experiences.


Mrs K Mathews

Head of PE 

Mrs J Beenham

Teacher of PE 

Mr R Boardman

Teacher of PE 

Mrs J Butterworth

Teacher of PE 

Mr M Cole

Teacher of PE 

Mr G Hill

Teacher of PE 

Mr G Martland

Teacher of PE 

Miss K Smith

Teacher of PE 

Mr M Wiilliams

Teacher of PE 

Key Stage Three

Students undertake a broad and balanced programme of PE across Key Stage 3. They acquire and develop skills in a variety of games, athletics, outdoor education gymnastics and dance.

Students develop their own warm-ups and cool-downs and identify the fitness components that are important for each activity area.

KS3 PE Assessment Medals Criteria

Curriculum Plans for Key Stage Three 

Year 7 Curriculum Plan 

Year 8 Curriculum Plan 

Year 9 Curriculum Plan 

Key Stage Four

Core PE Curriculum Plans 

Year 10 and 11 

Vocational Sport

The intent of Vocational Sport at Unity College is to ensure that pupils are provided with in-depth knowledge and understanding which builds upon that which has already been gained at Key Stage 3. The programme of study allows for learners to develop a deeper understanding of health, fitness and sport science, allowing for further study in vocational, technical or academic routes. The course is delivered in a way which encourages wider interest and creativity, whilst also developing essential skills such as time management and adherence to deadlines.

The curriculum itself has been coherently planned and designed to build on prior learning to ensure that our learners maximise their potential and can be the best that they can be.  Schemes of learning have been carefully designed to allow mastery in each unit.  Interleaving is central to this and students are provided with regular feedback to allow them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the different units that we cover. We aim for our students to become independent learners, planning and delivering lessons to accommodate this with regular assessments and time given to students for checking and adapting their work.

Exam board : OCR : Sports Science

This qualification has been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind and enable learners to:
• develop a range of skills through involvement in sport and physical activity in different contexts and roles
• develop students’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations • gain a better understanding of the complexity of different areas of sport and the sports industry
• increase their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity and of different careers and roles within sport

There are 3 units that will be delivered. These are:

R180: Reducing the risk of sports injuries (examination)

Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

R181: Applying principles of training (coursework)

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.

R183: Nutrition and sports performance (coursework)

Students explore the role that diet plays in different sports and activities and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities. They use the knowledge they gain to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.

  • Our 3G Astroturf is used for Football, handball, Hockey, Cricket & Rounders
  • The Sportshall is used for Gymnastics, Badminton, Volleyball, Boxing, Short Tennis, Basketball, indoor football, handball, Table Tennis & indoor cricket
  • The College’s Fitness suite is equipped with treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, rowing machine, chest press, Leg curl, lat pull down machines, dumbells, kettlebells, plyometric boxes, mats, medicine balls & punch bags
  • The MUGA (Multiuse games area) is used for Basketball, Netball, Tennis and Handball
  • The fields around college contain 2 x 9 aside football pitches, 1 x 11 aside football pitch, 2 full sized Rugby pitches, a 400m running track, several rounders pitches and a cricket pitch. The fields are used for Athletics, Football, Rugby, Rounders, Softball, Cricket, cross country & long jump