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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Physical Education


The Physical Education (PE) curriculum at Sir Jonathan North allows students to experience a lively and energetic range of activities. As a highly successful team, our teaching staff specialise in many different sports and physical activities, ensuring that students are able to flourish and truly enjoy physical education. Students receive an inclusive and tailored curriculum encouraging everyone to reach their full potential.

Outstanding teaching and learning is further enhanced by a vast range of newly upgraded facilities. These include a purpose built indoor tennis centre with 4 courts; a trampoline gym; 8 outdoor netball courts; a sports hall; active playground; large sports field and a specialised PE classroom equipped with iPads and laptops.

Students playing sports outside the college

Students engaging in a game of Netball

Student trampolining


PE Kit

  • The PE kit at Sir Jonathan North is as follows:
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Plain black shorts, tracksuit bottoms or running leggings
  • White socks
  • Trainers (does not include Converse/Vans/pump/plimsoll style)

Other optional items of clothing include:

  • Plain black jumper or hoody
  • Plain black leggings (for gymnastics, health and fitness, and trampolining only)

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Teams

At Sir Jonathan North we offer a wide range of free extra-curricular activities during lunchtime and after school throughout all year groups. These provide students with the opportunity to develop their practical ability as well as their self-confidence, self-esteem, team work, inter-personal skills, communication and social skills.

Weekly fixtures allow students to represent the College in various teams across the city, county and nationally. These are highly successful and this is due not only to the commitment of the staff but also the dedication of the students.

Click here to view the Extra-Curricular timetable.

School Games Gold Award 2016/17

In 2016 – 2017 Sir Jonathan North was proudly awarded the Gold Games Mark Award. Games Mark is a national accreditation that recognises the contribution of schools in encouraging participation in school sports and physical activity.

The PE team is always looking for new ways to engage and encourage students to be more physical in a variety of different roles. These roles include performing, officiating or leading in a variety of activities within lessons and College, as well as across the city and county. All year groups across the College are involved.


“I like PE because it allows me to stay fit and healthy. It lets me develop my speed, and flexibility that I need for sports. PE is always fun,”


“I absolutely love trampolining as it is fun and you get to work more independently. I also love the clubs. I love playing games in PE as well as the exercise,”


“I really like PE because we get to work in groups and do exercise,”


As outstanding practitioners, Sir Jonathan North’s PE teachers deliver exciting, high quality lessons to all students. Each week students participate in two one hour lessons, where they experience an extensive range of sports and physical activities and develop a range of transferable skills both physically, mentally and socially. 

PE is taught in mixed ability tutor groups. Each sport or physical activity is studied for 7 – 8 weeks with a maximum of 10 different activities being studied over the year. Many of the sports and activities are taught in purpose built areas including a tennis centre and trampolining gym. 

Programme of study

Year 7 Possible Activities

  • Athletics
  • Health and Fitness
  • Ball Skills
  • Rounders
  • Basketball
  • Touch Rugby
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Trampolining

Year 8 Possible Activities

  • Athletics
  • Health and Fitness
  • Aerobics
  • Rounders
  • Basketball
  • Aerobics 
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining

Year 9 Possible Activities 

  • Athletics
  • Handball
  • Aerobics
  • Rounders
  • Basketball
  • Leadership Education
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining

KS4 Core PE

“I like PE because of the teachers.They make it fun and they allow us to have our own opinions.”


“We have more of a choice and can pick what we want to do in lessons. I also like the fact that we get to work with our friends and the teachers get involved too,”


“I like PE as we work in small groups and I work better this way,”


“The teacher makes the lessons fun by putting on music when they can. This helps us relax when we have the stress of Year 11”


If students have not chosen to take GCSE PE they continue to participate in a one hour PE lesson tailored to their needs throughout Key Stage 4. They are given the opportunity to create the curriculum they wish to study therefore creating independent and confident learners.

The core PE course is taught in options groups with a wide range of abilities in each group. Each student selects a sport or physical activity to participate in every 7 – 8 weeks. During this time they set individual targets to achieve.

Alongside the core PE lessons, students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular clubs and teams. The extensive range of activities ensures students are experiencing new and exciting opportunities whilst developing their confidence, social skills and resilience.

The selection of sports and physical activities focus on:

  • Out-witting
  • Exercise and health
  • Performing at maximum level
  • Accurate replication
  • Identifying and problem solving
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions.

During KS4 students are also given the opportunity to gain a qualification: The Sports Leaders’ UK Level 1 Award. This is a nationally recognised qualification that allows students to develop not only their leadership skills, but improve their confidence, organisation, social skills and preparation. 

In completing this qualification students learn to:

  • Officiate
  • Develop existing skills and learn complex skills
  • Develop teamwork, social and communication skills
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Plan and deliver successful leadership sessions.

These skills help to create an independent, well rounded student. 


“I was always quite fidgety and doing sports helps me to use up the excess energy I have. Sport is a stress relief for me, if I am angry or stressed I can go for run around to calm down,”


“It’s entertaining, keeps me motivated and the teachers are enjoyable to be around,”


“Sport makes me happy and makes me feel like I’m in my own world,”


GCSE PE is an exciting opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of sport both practically and theoretically. 

Studying PE at GCSE level enables those who enjoy sport, dance and physical activity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the value physical activity has as a part of healthy living.

Practical skills are honed and sharpened by high energy, fast paced sports lessons. As high quality practitioners teachers are able to offer a wealth of activities for students. Practical activities include trampolining, athletics, netball, basketball, badminton and football. Other optional activities are dance, swimming, tennis and horse riding.

All students undertaking GCSE PE are expected to attend compulsory lunch time and after school extra-curricular activities as part of this course. This further enhances their practical grade.

The theoretical element is worth 60% of the overall grade and is assessed through two written exams. Paper 1 investigates the physical factors affecting performance and paper 2 investigates socio-cultural issues and sports psychology.

The practical element is worth 40% of the overall grade and involves students participating in a team activity, an individual activity and a free activity. It also allows students to evaluate and analyse their performance in coursework.

Programme of Study

Year 10

  • Physical factors affecting performance
  • Applied anatomy and physiology - 23 lessons
  • Practical activity assessment in lessons - 12 lessons
  • Physical training - 22 lessons
  • Evaluating and Analysing Performance (AEP) - 14 lessons

Year 11

  • Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
  • Practical activity assessment - Every Friday after school, At least 15 weeks in Y11
  • Socio-cultural influences - 18 lessons
  • Sports psychology - 9 lessons
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing - 14 lessons

Useful Resources

Couple for KS3

For GCSE PE the team offers a range of study support and intervention sessions to ensure that all students reach their potential and their target grade. 

The team offer numerous amounts of support materials and hand-outs given to students (also available for parents) including: A5 poster book, Year 10 revision guide, Year 11 revision guide, Year 10 revision questions, Year 11 revision questions, Year 10 revision notes, All Year 10 past exam papers, All Year 11 past exam papers and Year 11 revision notes.

There are also numerous amounts of support material and guidance by OCR. Please click the link below to access these.


There are ranges of useful websites that can be used to aid revision. Please click the links below to access these.

BBC Bitesize - GCSE PE
Revision World - OCR GCSE PE
Get Revising - PE GCSE OCR
PE Resources Bank

Top Tips

  • Ensure that your daughter has the correct kit and that she is bringing it with her on the correct days.
  • Discuss with her what she is learning in PE lessons.
  • Encourage your daughter to stay fit and healthy.
  • Encourage her to improve and develop her skills by joining clubs and teams both in and out of school.
  • Watch and talk to your daughter about a wide range of different sporting activities.