Physical Education at Acton High aims to develop pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

We offer a high-quality PE curriculum enabling all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.

When they are performing, they are encouraged to think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

PE also helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating.

A wide range of extra-curricular activities and inter-school team competitions are also available for all students to develop their skills further.


  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn term Topic Students do a rotation of the following activities:
  1. Movement replication
  2. Outwitting opponents
  3. Problem solving
  4. Maximal performance
  5. Health related fitness
And also:
  1. St John First Aid Award
Winter terms - a rotation of:
  1. Gymnastics
  2. Health related fitness
  3. Badminton
  4. Rugby
  5. Hockey
  6. Netball
Choice of 4 pathways:
  • Leadership - Junior Sports leader Award
  • Health and fitness - fitness, cross country running, athletics and boxing
  • Aesthetic - aerobics, gymnastics, trampolining and athletics
  • Games - a wide variety of games, both individual and team based
Spring Term Topic
Summer Term Topic Rounders
Also Young Leaders Award


  Year 10/11 Core PE Year 10/11 Option (exam class)
Autumn term Topic Core Physical Education:
Students choose a pair of activities from a range of options each term.
Fitness; trampolining; aerobics; boxing; cross country; badminton; volleyball; table tennis; basketball; hockey; rugby; netball; football; cricket; softball; rounders; athletics; tennis.

Each of their sports are marked according to the WJEC criteria and if students have chosen from a sufficient number of activities (6) over the two years, they are entered for the WJEC Entry Level Award. This is awarded at Level 1(Pass) Level 2 (merit) or Level 3 (distinction)

In addition to their core PE, students can also choose to do an exam in sport.
We offer:
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education
60% Practical (4 activities)
40% Theory exam at the end of the course
Spring Term Topic
Summer Term Topic Edexcel BTec Sport Extended certificate
90% written coursework that is marked by the teachers and validated by an assessor
10% on line test (new Sept 2012)
(this is an equivalent to one GCSE)
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