Oxford Academy

Physical Education


PE and Sport at The Oxford Academy benefit from a team of enthusiastic and energetic teaching staff, fantastic facilities and a whole host of extra-curricular sporting activities.  

Our students take part in a wide range of sports and disciplines from trampolining and hockey to basketball and rugby at varying levels; elite, semi-professional, league and amateur or just for fun. Our philosophy in the PE department is summed up in a quote by Nelson Mandela and we invite anyone to come and have a go.

Sport has the power to change the world and unite in a way that little else does. Sport speaks to the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. Sport laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

Nelson Mandela

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Find out what's been happening recently in PE and Sport by reading our news section.

To access information about each Key Stage, click on the links below:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11)

Key Stage 5 (Years 12, 13 and 14)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Foundation students are taught five lessons of PE per fortnight during which they have opportunities to try out a number of different disciplines including invasion games, athletics, football, netwall and gymnastics. To view a timetable of activities throughout the year, click here.

Click on the links below to see an example scheme of work for each year group.

Scheme of Work - Striking and Fielding (Year 7)
Scheme of Work (Year 8) - Dance (Year 8)

There are also plenty of additional opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activites.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)


Students are taught by Mr Tom Peterson.

They have been studying this course since Year 9. Students cover 3 units within this course. 

Unit 1: Applied anatomy and physiology & physical training. 

Unit 2: Socio-cultural influences Sports psychology & Health, fitness and well-being

Unit 3: Practical activity assessment & Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP)


In Year 9 & 10 students focussed on units 1 & 3. This year, students are concentrating on completing unit 3 within term 1 and then moving onto unit 2. Unit 3 is a non-examined unit where students will perform in 3 different sports, analyse their skills and suggest how to improve. From term 4, students will be revising units 1 & 2 for the exams in the Summer. 


Students will sit in a mock exam in November, focussing on unit 1. They will sit another exam in February focussing on units 1 & 2. Both units are 1 hour papers. 


In order to prepare for the real GCSE and the mock exams in November and February they can use a variety of resources online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/ztrcg82 and http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/pe


You can also buy your child revision guides to support them at home. Please make sure you buy the specific exam board, OCR so that the content is tailored to the exam your child will sit. A variety of revision guides can be found on Amazon. 


Click here for a selection of past papers.   For the exam, students will need a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and sharpener.


NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health & Fitness: 

Students are taught by Mr Michael Bird.

Students cover 4 units within this course. 

Unit 1: Principles of health and fitness

Unit 2: Healthy lifestyle

Unit 3: Preparing and planning for health and fitness

Unit 4: Develop a personal heath and fitness programme


Units 1, 2 & 4 are internally assessed units where students complete a portfolio of work. Unit 3 is an examined unit. This unit will be examined in October 2017. In term 1, students will be focussing on the examined unit where students are given a scenario of someone’s fitness and diet regime. The students will then need to answer questions about how to improve the health and fitness of this person. After the exam, students will then be completing the final parts of the internal units. 


You can also buy your child revision guides to support them at home. Please make sure you buy the specific exam board so that the content is tailored to the exam your child will sit. A variety of revision guides can be found on Amazon. 


Click here for a selection of past papers.  For the exam, students will need a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and sharpener.


Key Stage 5

We currently offer the following BTEC National Level 3 courses:  

  • BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) (QCF)
  • BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) (QCF)*

*The BTEC Level 3 (Performance and Excellence) is delivered by the Oxford United Football and Education Academy.

The majority of students complete the Extended Diploma and some the Diploma. For more details, please visit the Edexcel web page.  

  • A Level PE
We currently offer Edexcel AS level PE and hope to continue with this next year for the A2 level.  


Opportunity for intervention and support with revision and coursework will be available during lessons 6 and 7. Please see our Homework page.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Opportunities to take part in physical activity outside of lesson time are at the very heart of the Academy's PE department. We offer the chance to take part in more than 16 sports per week during break times as well as after school. In total this accounts for 32 hours of extra-curricular sport per week. Student participation in these clubs is excellent with around 50% of pupils regularly attending and this figure is increasing. 

Click on the following link to see examples of extra-curricular timetables for terms 1 and 2.


We have excellent sporting facilities including:

  • Full size 3G football pitch
  • 3G dome
  • Multi Use Games Areas
  • Astro pitch
  • Dance studio
  • Sports hall
  • Grass pitches
  • State-of-the-art fitness studio
  • 4 x Table tennis tables
  • Dedicated ICT suite

To find out more about our range of facilities, please visit our community facilities web site, OX4 at The Oxford Academy.


The PE department is made up of 10 members of staff, each with their own set of skills and experiences to aid students' learning.  

Technology in PE

The Academy has a big drive to develop the use of technology across the curriculum and PE is at the forefront of this. All PE staff are equipped with iPads which allows staff to increase opportunities in lessons for:

  • Video analysis
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Watch video footage of correctly performed skills
  • Time keeping
  • Anatomy and Physiology apps
  • Non-participants 

The department also has access to a designated computer suite and a fitness suite with fitlinx technology which allows pupils to track their progress and monitor key exercise statistics such as calories burnt.

We have a twitter feed with regular updates on important information for parents, students and staff such as:

  • Team selections
  • Fixtures
  • Results
  • Live score updates
  • Links to independent study / revision sites
  • Department challenges

The department also has its own blog page which aims to support pupils learning in their own time as well as celebrate the success of our pupils.

Expectations in PE

The PE department sets out very clear guidelines on PE kit, rewards, borrowing kit, being excused from lessons and consequences in lessons should the guidelines not be adhered to.  Please click on the following link to find out more.

Please download a copy of the letter requesting a doctors note here


Click on the videos below to see clips of PE in action.

Gymnastic duo

Year 7 students, Emily King and Elisha Cox demonstrate their gym programme.

‘Parkour’ arrives at the Academy

A group of students have recently completed their first experiences of ‘Parkour’ during active tutorial time. Please take some time to watch the outstanding results / performances from the students. Feel free to ignore the member of staff featured at the beginning and end!

Year 7’s excel in gymnastics lessons

One of our Year 7 classes has recently experienced two gymnastics lessons, in which they experienced a new type of activity. The Oxford Academy is pleased to share their results with you.