North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Physical Education

PE Vision:

The North Shore Physical Education faculty wants to inspire young people to participate in and enjoy physical activity in an environment which is safe, relaxed and challenges all students. Our mission is to do this through outstanding teaching and learning that is constantly improving and progressing. Teaching which provides opportunities for students to assume responsibility for their own learning, engages inquisitive minds and encourages lifelong participation in sport. It is our aim to do this through personalised learning pathways which meet the needs of every student in every lesson.


To create a positive, enjoyable, challenging, stimulating and disciplined learning environment through which students interests, skills and knowledge can be fostered and developed.
To improve students performance through the use of appropriate resources and teaching styles.
To empower students with the ability to accept responsibility, to work co-operatively and positively with others and have due regard for health, safety and hygiene.
To develop students creative, leadership and problem solving skills.
To encourage good habits and knowledge and understanding of issues relating to physical activity, fitness, health and nutrition.
To contribute to students personal and social development by exposing them to a variety of learning experiences and by fostering mutually respectful relationships within the Faculty.
To establish effective lines of communication between staff within the Faculty, with parents, other Faculties, Academy Leaders and outside agencies.
To encourage staff to be actively involved in the decision making and planning processes of the Faculty and the whole school.
To encourage continuing professional development which facilitates career development through structuring staff needs and requirements.

Values: Both Staff and Students need to have and be showing:


Being considerate towards other people and their feelings
Keeping an open mind and being non-judgmental
Being reliable and honest
Looking after your own body and health


Having a commitment to something
Showing dedication
Doing the best you can
Achieving goals
Aiming high and having high expectations of yourself
Taking part and making progress


Strength and persistence to succeed
Digging in when things are hard and not giving up
Avoiding distraction and overcoming barriers
To see things through to the end
Making a decision with purpose


Source of motivation to achieve or try something new
Having a brilliant idea
A creative influence
Finding something which allows you to do something special


Confidence to confront a fear, pain, risk, danger or intimidation
Standing up for what you believe in
Strength and determination not to give in
Dependability to do the right thing
Personal conviction
Being brave and accepting the reality of a situation


Recognising that everyone has potential
Ensuring that everyone in involved
Catering for the needs of everybody
Ensuring everyone has an equal chance of success
Recognition that different people's needs are met in different ways
Respecting that everyone has basic rights

Friendship is

Wanting the best for someone and for them to succeed
Being honest and truthful to yourself and others
Being understanding and non-judgmental
Putting other people first


The North Shore Physical Education department provides a physically rich curriculum that embraces diversity in teaching and learning styles. It is designed to engage, inspire and maximise students potential. We encourage our pupils through the catalyst of PE, Science and Health and Social Care to become independent learners, to develop life long healthy lifestyles and become participants in sport and physical activity beyond school and into their adult lives.

In year 7 & 8 we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all our students who have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports and roles under the following tittles Outwitting Opponents, Leadership, Accurate replication of actions phrases and sequences, Exercising safely and effectively, Preforming at maximum levels and Exploring and communicating ideas concepts and emotions. Students have the freedom to opt for sports which they have an interest in each half term.

In year 9 all students continue to access the above practical curriculum but also complete a vocational qualification related to the theory of sports performance. This qualification is the equivalent of 1 GSCE and is completed within the year. The current year 9 are following the OCR Cambridge National Sports Science course.

In year 10 and 11 the curriculum follows on from the Key Stage 3 Physical Education programme of study by providing students with exciting opportunities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle by choosing from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity. All students will complete the AQA GCSE qualification:

The content of this GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle; to provide a route to further study in Further Education awards, such as A levels and/or the new Diplomas, and to Higher Education in PE as well as to related career opportunities.

Students will be assessed via practical performance, controlled assessment and final exam. The style of the question paper in the Full Course has been designed to include a mixture of multiple choice questions, some structured questions, and extended written answer questions set in response to a pre-released scenario.

Students can choose from the following ways to participate: player/performer; organiser, leader/coach, choreographer or official.