Wadebridge PE Vision

Work within the Wadebridge Physical Education Department at all Key Stages is designed to support, contribute to and compliment the aims of the school. The curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of the individual students, is designed to inspire all pupils, allowing them to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Pupils develop physical competencies in a way that also supports their health and fitness. This experience is complemented and extended through a significant extra-curricular programme designed to allow further development of skills in both competitive and non-competitive environments.  The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own and others’ strengths and weaknesses are considered to be an important part of the learning process where personalising learning and challenge are integral to success and embed values such as fairness and respect.

Aims - Achievement for All

  1. To increase knowledge and promote positive attitudes to health and fitness.
  2. To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  3. To be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  4. To engage in competitive sports and activities.

Curriculum Map - Physical Education at Wadebridge School on one page!

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 PE curriculum consists of a structured set of high-quality lessons which allow pupils to develop competencies in a board range of different activities. Students have 4 lessons over the 2 week timetable and will alternate between activities across each half term. 

Pupils are taught:

- to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games. this is tightly linked to our Olympic legacy work and our Country House system that runs through the year and culminates with 2 days of sport for all pupils.

- to develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports

- to perform dances using advanced techniques within a range of dance styles.

- to take part in outdoor adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges. Team work is encouraged and developed along with problem solving skills individually and in groups.

- to analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

- to take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school. Pupils are signposted to the extensive extra-curricular programme as well as local community clubs.

Key Stage 3 Core Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 PE Curriculum consists of a core programme which all pupils follow. This is 4 hours over the 2 week timetable and is an option strand based system that allows students to personalise their learning. This starts with some optional activities in Year 9 alongside some compulsory elements and moves to a fully optional strand based programme in Year 10 and 11. The core programme also includes the Sports Leaders Level 1 qualification as one of its strands of learning. In addition to the core programme students can also choose to take the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness. This is a GCSE equivalent examination course and will be an additional 4 hours of lessons over the 2 week timetable. In Year 10 some NCFE pupil may move onto the OCR GCE Physical education course if it is more appropriate and more progress is achievable.

The core programme aims to give pupils the opportunity to tackle complex and demanding activities and get involved in a range of activities that help develop personal fitness, all promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Pupils are taught:

- to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in teams and individual games.

- to develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.

- to take part in further outdoor adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges. We promote the access to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and also work closely with outside providers including Surfs Up to extend our provision.

- to evaluate their performances compared to pervious ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.

- to take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school. Pupil are signposted to the extensive extra-curricular programme as well as local community clubs.

Key Stage 4 Core PE Programme

Key stage 4 Core Curriculum Map

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness Overview


The NCFE Level 2 Certificates in Health and Fitness is a complementary technical award and the vocational equivalent to GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum and interested in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet. The qualification focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector and learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector. The qualification have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects. It is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences. The Level 2 is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme.

What is studied/Skills developed

Pupils follow a programme covered over 4 units. These will be taught through practical and theory based lessons that will work alongside each other. Pupils will study 3 portfolio based units and 1 unit that is external examined. Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade awarded.




The grading criteria follows a Pass, Merit and Distinction recognising with the following table explaining how it matches up against the new GCSE grading criteria.


Link to NCFE level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness specification



Extra Curricular Sports Opportunities

At Wadebridge we aim to provide a wide range of sporting opportunities for our pupils and have an extensive extra-curricular programme to support this aim.

Activities will change with the different 1/2 terms along with the entry to numerous County and National Competitions. the programme also follows the Cornwall school Games structure and aims to allow pupils to develop skills which can then be used in School Games Events throughout the year.

Celebrating success at Wadebridge School

As a department we value the effort and commitment of all pupil to sports and activities in and out of school lessons. We have a hugely talented base of pupils and endeavor to support and recognise as many pupils as possible for getting involved and finding success in any and all activities and sports.

We regularly report success through our Sports Stars presentations that are emailed to parents as well as displayed in school.

If you are keen to share some success regarding pupils or teams in the community please email the Curriculum Area Leader of PE dabbiss@wadebridge.cornwall.sch.uk 

Risk Assessment for School Fixtures and Tournaments

Parents' Consent Letter

Fixtures and Tournaments Risk Assessment

Staff Good Practice Document for Sports Teams


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