Physical Education & Dance

Physical Education & Dance

PE & Dance Teachers

Mr Volante Head of Department PE
Mrs Keary Deputy Head of Department PE
Mr Harvey Teacher of PE
Mr Knowlson Classroom Teacher PE/Temp G,A&T Coordinator
Mrs Butler Classroom Teacher PE/Assistant Headteacher
Miss Cowley Teacher of PE and Music / Temp HOY
Miss Nicholson Teacher of PE (maternity cover)

Vision of Subject

In the PE and Dance Faculty we want all students to maximise their potential by participating and engaging in activities that are enjoyable and rewarding. We will promote healthy, active lifestyles that lead to both good physical and mental well-being and ensure that students have high aspirations to help them succeed and progress.  Our faculty strives to develop excellence in the performance of sports and dance and to instil a lifelong commitment to physical activity.

Statement of Intent

In PE and Dance, we aim to provide opportunities for all our students to develop both their physical and mental well-being. We do this by delivering a wide range of physical activities that will enhance their skills, physical fitness and develop social skills such as teamwork, communication, confidence, fairness and respect. We aim to develop competence to excel in these activities and be confident when engaging in competitive sports. We will also promote the understanding of what makes a performance effective, allowing time for students to analyse their own and others performance. We aim to ensure our students stay physically active for life, so we promote participation in our extracurricular school clubs and teams to instil increased passion for physical activities. Our curriculum aims to ensure all students have the required physical and mental attributes to succeed on their chosen career path and in a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.


Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught PE in mixed ability groups. Students receive 2 hours of PE a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each activity. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students. Students complete 1 homework task every half term.


At Key Stage 4, All students will participate in Core PE for 1 lesson per week. This is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Whilst encouraging participation in lifelong sport / physical activity.
At KS4, students have the opportunity to opt to study GCSE Dance or Cambridge National Sports Studies. Students who opt to study these qualifications have 3 hours a week. This is split between practical and theoretical lessons.
Students who opt to study Cambridge National Sports Studies (J813). This qualification is GCSE equivalent but is graded pass, merit or distinction. They complete 4 units, 3 assessed internally and 1 assessed by a written examination.
Students can also study GCSE Dance. They follow AQA GCSE DANCE (8236). The course allows pupils to develop their performance (30%), choreography (30%) and Dance appreciation (40%). They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. GCSE Dance homework includes a combination of practical rehearsal sessions, weekly knowledge recaps of key words/skills and half termly booklets focusing on section A/B and C of exam.
Throughout their time at KHS, students are taught the following key skills:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity, sport and dance
Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity, sport and dance
Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity, sport and dance.
Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical activity, sport and dance.
Analyse and evaluate performance

Overview of the PE Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Curriculum Overview PE and Dance 2024 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for Cambridge National Sports Studies is J813.

Additional Information

We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities that vary term from term. Please see the latest clubs poster.

Revision sessions – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday after school

Teams –We run teams in the following sports: Football, Netball, Handball, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics.