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Physical Education


GBHS students learn Physical Education…

  • To develop an appreciation of the importance of physical activity.
  • They discover that learning is fun and competitive.
  • Learners learn to cope with challenge and to achieve their they may need to overcome difficulties and find solutions.
  • Students are encouraged to be the best at what they do and are motivated to do so.
  • Students become resilient and build friendships that are rooted in mutual respect. 

The courses we run

Key Stage 4

Pupils all complete core PE in the September of Year 10 which consists of three lessons over a fortnight.

Pupils can also opt for GCSE PE or Level 2 Btec in Sport.
For GCSE, we are completing the AQA specification. Pupils are marked on 3 practical sports. The theory covers physiology, psychology and social issues.
Level 2 Btec in Sport: Pupils complete a 3 hour course a week. Pupils complete 4 modules with one of those being exam based. Emphasis is on Fitness training and Leadership.

In core lessons during Year 11, pupils are given an Option to pick the sports they want to do in their curriculum time. The aim is to find a sport that they might like to do as a life-long activity.

Key Stage 5

Pupils can choose A Level Physical Education or Level 3 Btec Extended Diploma.

A Level Physical Education

In A Level Physical Education, the AQA specification is covered. It is currently 30% practical performance and 70% examination based. It covers aspects such as Exercise, Physiology, Anatomy, Psychology and Social and Cultural Aspects.


The aims of the course   

The course is a vocational course designed for someone with a healthy interest in sport. The course covers all aspects of sport from Human Biology to Legislative factors related to sport. The course is ideal for a young person hoping to seek a career in the sports industry and/or looking to go to University to further their education.
The course is equivalent to three A2 level qualifications and is taught over 27 hours per fortnight.

Topics studied

• The Body in Sport 
• Health, Safety and Injury in Sport 
• Training and fitness for sport 
• Sports Coaching 
• Fitness testing for sport and exercise 
• Practical team sports 
• Outdoor and adventurous activities 
• Sports Nutrition 
• Sport and society 
• Leadership in sport 
• Sports injuries 
• Analysis of sports performance 
• Fitness and gym leadership 
• Work based experience in sport (including Chelsea F.C, Gosfield School and Nuffield Health Gym) 
• Sports Legacy 
• Current issue in sport 
• Rules, Regulation and officiating in sport 
• Sport as a business

All work is coursework based marked internally and externally.

All pupils will engage in a variety of leadership responsibilities throughout the course ranging from Mid Essex Tournament running to Panathlon (disabled sport) National finals. The leadership is part of the course, but also develops the pupils transferable skills (e.g. team work, communication, planning & evaluating skills).

This year a member of the course Lee Hart attended Camp America off the back of his leadership work over the past two years.
What can I do when I finish the course?

Previous students have gone on to study Sports Science, Sports Management, Physiotherapy, Sports Journalism and PE teaching as examples. Entries to universities include the Russell Group Universities.

Entry requirements

  • Academic–BTEC Diploma in sport or equivalent to a MERIT standard and GCSE Maths and English to grade 4.If you have taken the Level 2 Btec course then you will have needed to demonstrate a good working ethos to coursework.
  • Practical – A commitment to a sixth form sports team (Games and training). 
  • Sixth Form – A commitment to Great Baddow High School sixth form life (Prefects, Lunchtime clubs, Study periods, ‘Giving Something Back’ scheme).

For more information please see Mr Russell in the P.E department

Leadership Academy

The Leadership academy is set up to develop a skill set in the field of leadership and to gain pupils relevant qualifications to move onto Higher Education, or employment.

All students will engage in a variety of leadership responsibilities throughout the course ranging from Mid Essex Tournament running to Panathlon (disabled sport) County finals. The leadership is part of the course, but also develops transferable skills (e.g. team work, communication, planning & evaluating skills).

Examples of qualifications gained throughout the Leadership academy

 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Development (Level 3) – 15 hours per week.

 F.A Level 1 Coaching award

 Step into employment awards

 High Sports Leaders award (Level 3)

 YMCA Gym instructors award

 Additional governing body awards.

Gifted and Talented - Elite Sport Support Programme

Within the PE department we aim to support high achieving students within our gifted and talented programme.
Gifted students are those who are competing at a high level in one or more sports, such as for their county, regional or national teams. The level is sometimes reflective of the sport and the number of hours that a performer has to commit is taken into consideration. They require additional support as they are committing a large number of hours a week to training or competing and so may need help to balance their academic studies.

Talented students are those students who are identified by their class teachers as being 'all round sportspeople' who are working at a significant level above their peers. These students will be extended within our lessons or our extracurricular programme.

If you feel that you compete at a high level and should be considered for the gifted programme, please come to the PE office and speak to Mr Russell (boys) or Mrs Davis (girls).Alternatively you could email the staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The School Games Mark

Areas that the Games Mark looks at are: and were the only High School in Chelmsford to achieve this accreditation. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels. We are pleased to say that Great Baddow High School achieved the highest accolade – the Gold award for this academic year. Next year we will be going for the Platinum Award which is a new level. We are confident with our extracurricular commitment and leadership programmes that we can fulfil the criteria for this. 



The school strives to meet all targets set by the Games mark. 

  • Promotion of school games in the school
  • Engaging children in Extra-Curricular sporting activity
  • Specific support to Gifted and Talented Students
  • Offering a wide range of Level 1 competitions 
  • Offering a wide range of Level 2 competitions
  • Proving B and C teams Level 2 competition
  • Using outside community clubs
  • Providing leadership opportunities for students

This is a great achievement and one we will look to match if not better next year.

Items of particular interest

We are a sports college and therefore thrive on taking part in sport and ensuring a high standard of Physical Education. The department works closely with other departments around the school to share good practice.

We pride ourselves on our extra curricular programme and strive to achieve in many different sports. Look at our results for more information!

To find out more about the Sports College please click here or  follow the Sports College link on the menu at the top of the page.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education through Physical Education

Spiritual development in Physical Education will include:

  • Developing a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Using your imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • A willingness to reflect on their experiences.


Examples in our curriculum:

  • Key Stage three and GCSE Dance and Gymnastics will allow you to be creative in your sequences and choreography.
  • Within outdoor and adventurous activities you will have the opportunity to use your imagination to solve problems.
  • In every block of work we do, we want you to recognise the development you have made and compare your personal games or activity experiences to others in the group or to examples of activities we might show you.
  • In the Invasion Games blocks you will experience games from around the world. See the most popular invasion games from America or Australia for example.

Moral development in Physical Education will include:

  • The ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and your readiness to apply this understanding in your own lives.
  • Understanding the consequences of your actions.
  • An interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.

Examples in our curriculum:

  • In every lesson you will have to abide my rules and regulations and sportsmanship. You already know lots about this …shaking hands after matches, applauding the opposition, fair play. Infringements such as penalties and red cards will also allow you to understand the consequences of your actions.
  • Concept of Self discipline to excel are essential. The only way you will achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself.
  • Moral dilemmas in sport are always hitting the headlines. In GCSE PE , Level Two and Three Btec in Sport, you will investigate into

Social development in Physical Education will include:

  • The use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • An interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

Examples in our curriculum and extra-curricular provisions:

  • Leadership blocks such as Young Leaders or JSLA will provide you with lots of opportunities to work and lead others. Last year over 300 students took part in festivals and events to develop their social skills.
  • Junior football organisers award, Young Netball umpires awards amongst others will help you to develop and use your leadership skills.
  • Team Captains are integral to our sports teams, liaising with everyone in our team and often having to speak and work with the opposing teams from all over the country.
  • Regional and national sports competitions in team games, gymnastics and athletics.
  • BTEC, GCSE and A level courses explore Racism in Sport.
  • Within many curriculum lessons you will get the chance to lead warm ups, skills practices and officiate games to enhance your social skills.

Cultural development in Physical Education will include:

  • A willingness to participate in sporting opportunities.
  • Your attitude towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.


Examples in our curriculum and extra-curricular provisions:

  • Through Dance – expression of different cultures through dance.
  • National School Sports Week - signing yourself up for new activities.
  • Learning about different countries during Sport Olympic Week
  • Ski trip to Italy, basketball tours to the US or Netball tours to Barbados.