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Physical Education (PE)


At Forest Hill School, students experience a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum taught by staff with a love for the subject and a real passion for sport. Emphasis is placed on both skill development and enjoyment during lessons, with an ambition to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Students are taught a variety of skills from outwitting opponents through traditional sports such as football, rugby and basketball; striking and fielding through cricket and softball; net and wall games through table tennis; and performing to the maximum through athletics and cross country. All students also participate in Dance lessons.

Physical Education Curriculum Map

Physical Education at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), students have one double lesson of PE per week, lasting two hours. In Year 7, the practical element of the curriculum includes developing skills in rugby, football, table tennis, basketball, cricket and softball, while the theoretical element includes how exercise affects the body and the key principles of warming up and cooling down.

In Year 8, students continue to refine their skills in the key school sports (as well as athletics) and learn about training methods and the principles of training.

In Year 9, students are refining and advancing their practical sports skills and progressing their knowledge of training methods and training zones.

Physical Education at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), Physical Education remains a compulsory subject and students have one double lesson per week lasting two hours.

Students with a strong understanding of the science and theory of sport can opt to study the OCR Cambridge National Sport Science Level 1/2 course. This course covers the key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance. It is a theoretical course with no practical assessment and limited performance opportunities outside normal PE lessons.

Cambridge Nationals Sport Science Level 1/2 Specification


At Forest Hill School, the PE department goes above and beyond to provide opportunities for students to take part in extra-curricular sport.

We offer a broad range of sports in a competitive environment to allow students to test themselves against other schools and colleges and enjoy both individual and team success at local, district, county and national level.

Enrichment activities take place at lunchtime and after school and can be viewed via the timetable on the Clubs page.