PE at North Gosforth Academy


The Mission of the Physical Education Department at North Gosforth Academy is to provide a safe, non-threatening and positive environment for all pupils.

To offer opportunities for participation at all levels and encourage sporting excellence. To encourage emotional strength, develop character and improve physical competence thus contributing towards living a healthy active lifestyle.


It is the PE department’s aim that by following a broad and balanced range of activities our students will:

  1. Enjoy and develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.

  2. Be physically active for sustained periods of time.

  3. Engage in competitive sports and activities.

  4. Develop their ability to analyse situations and make decisions.

  5. Reflect on their own and others’ work and find ways to improve them.

  6. Appreciate the value of exercise and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
  7. Develop team work, confidence and resilience.


General Curriculum detail for Key Stage 3

During Key stage 3 pupils develop their skills and techniques and learn how to apply them in different activities.  They start to understand what makes an effective performance and how to apply these principles.  They learn to make decisions for themselves about what to do to improve performance.  

Assessment on the aspects below, are made in: Games, Athletics Activities, Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.To see how the PE department deliver the PE curriculum please see the document attached below.

General Curriculum detail for Key Stage 4 (CORE PE)

During Key Stage 4 pupils tackle complex and demanding activities, applying their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance.  They will be encouraged to get involved in physical activity that is mainly focused on competing or performing, promoting health and well-being, or developing personal fitness.

They also decide on roles that suit them best, including performing, coaching, choreographing, leading and officiating. The view they have of their skilfulness and physical competence gives them the confidence to get in involved in exercise and activity out of school and in later life.

To find out more please get in touch with the Head of PE, Neil Jones on

There are a range of activities to choose from, including:

  • Athletics
  • Dance and Aerobics
  • Games such as Football, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball
  • Gymnastics including Trampoline
  • Personal Fitness Training ( Circuit Training, Continuous Training, Interval Training, Fartlek Training etc)
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
  • Problem Solving/Team Building Exercises

KS 4  Physical Education (Exam course)

Physical Education (NCFE Level 2)

The NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness is designed to provide pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the applied study of good health and fitness practices and an understanding of working in the sector.

It is the equivalent to a GCSE.

Pupils will gain a broad understanding of Health and Fitness including the following:

  • The principles of training and FITT.
  • How physical activities affect the body in the short and long term
  • How relevant fitness test can be used for specific health and skill components of fitness.
  • Different lifestyle analysis tools and how to apply them
  • Creating a health and fitness programme


External exam worth 40% of the course –

  • Introduction to body systems and principles of training in health and fitness.

Internally assessed project / synoptic worth 60% of the course –

  • Preparing and planning for health and fitness.
  • Progression opportunities: Depending on the grade the learner achieves in this qualification, they could progress onto Level 3 qualifications and A Levels.
  • Higher education: sports science; leisure management; sports coaching; teaching.
  • Careers: coach; leisure manager; teacher; physiotherapist; sports psychologist.