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Physical Education

Our aims

We seek to promote excellence and enable all students, irrespective of their ability, ethnicity or gender, to achieve their potential by raising their self-esteem and promoting their personal development.

We encourage in our students a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation of the value of being active. By providing greater access for all students, including disadvantaged and disabled students, we encourage greater participation and promote sport for all our local community.

We also have special programmes to give elite performers the chance to achieve at the highest levels.

We want as many people to get involved as possible. Look at our Extra Curricular timetable to see how you can get involved.

Sport boys basketball 1   Sport girls hurdles   Sport swimming

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 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport course is a unique course running into its Eighth year at Great Baddow High School. 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 3 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 the following:

•         Josh Cavey – Leeds Met University – Sports Studies

•         Olly Devenish – Leeds Met University – Sports Studies

•         Lewis Coldham – UCLAN – Strength & Conditioning – Currently on sandwich year in California

•         Dan Matthews – Southampton – Sports Management – Works part time for Chelsea F.C

•         Tom Davies – Portsmouth – Sports Development

•         Jack Titchard – Canterbury Christchurch – Nursing Course

•         Ben Clark – Royal Marines

•         Tom Dunsdon/Jessie De Laat – Brighton University – Sports Studies

•         Dan Blackman/Melissa Cowell – Employed full time by Chelsea F.C

•         Danica Revell – East London University – Sports Studies – West Ham ladies

•         Luke Smith – Loughborough University – Sports with Geography

•         Stephen Harrison – Nottingham University

Entry requirements

  • Academic–BTEC Diploma in sport or equivalent to a MERIT standard and GCSE Maths and English to grade C.  
  • 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

Football Performance and Coaching Academy

A unique collaboration between Great Baddow High School, West Ham United Foundation and Chelmsford City Football Club.
This two year post-16 academic course will enable students to gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and also FA Coaching and Refereeing qualifications course as well as developing their performance as a footballer and/or coach.

2018 Trial Dates: Saturday 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

  • 24th March 2018 at Great Baddow High School
  • 28th April 2018 at Chelmsford City Football Club
  • 23rd June 2018 at Great Baddow High School

For further details and information on the application process please contact:

Jess Ferguson
Head of Physical Education
Great Baddow High School
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T: 01245 293710
Complete the online application form: Register for Football Performance and Coaching Academy Trial

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Leadership Academy

The Leadership academy is set up to develop pupils 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 the pupils 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

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.

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.

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).



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.



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

Contributing SMSC development within physical education at Great Baddow High School is a large part of the curriculum. Please read this document for further information.