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Physical Education

Key Stage 3 overview

All pupils at KS3 participate in 3 lessons of compulsory Physical Education over the two week timetable. Skills, techniques and tactical are introduced and develop during KS3 in a range of sporting activities. Pupils are encouraged to get involved with extra-curricular clubs in order to develop skills further and represent the school in their chosen sports.

Key Stage 4 overview

All pupils at KS4 participate in 2 lessons of compulsory Physical Education over the two week timetable. There are opportunities in KS4 to have a more option based programme with greater choice, which may include some mixed sex groups. As well as having the opportunity to revisit some of the sports developed in KS4, optional activities are also available.

Lessons are geared towards students taking on a broader range or roles, such as officials and sports organisers as well as participating themselves.

Qualification Overview 

Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Sport

This course is for learners interested in taking a hands-on course that will offer them an insight into what it is like to work in the sector, giving them a broad introduction that keeps all of their options open and allows them to make an informed choice about their future learning and career. 

The BTEC Tech Award in Sport gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. They will explore the different types of providers and sport and physical activity, as well as the equipment and technology available. Building on this, they will look at individuals’ differing needs, to gain an understanding of how to increase participation in sport while further developing their knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology in a contextualised way. They will then apply their knowledge and skills to planning and delivering sports activity sessions for participants in practical sessions.  

In addition, this qualification enables learners to develop sector-specific skills such as sport analysis and sports leadership, and personal skills such as communication, planning, time management and teamwork, through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment. 


  • The Level 2 BTEC Technical Award in Sport consists of 3 Components.  
    • Components 1 and 2 are Internally Assessed and worth 30% each giving a 60 % total for Components 1 and 2.  
    • Component 3 is worth 40% and is Externally Assessed via a written exam lasting 1 hr 30.  
  • The assignments allow the student to demonstrate they have skills and knowledge to achieve a Level 1 Pass, Level 1 Merit, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction Grade
  • At the end of the course, the student’s assignment grades are placed together to determine the overall grade for their qualification. 



Content overview 

How is it assessed? 

Component 1: Preparing participants to take part in Sport and Physical Activity. 

Learners will explore the different types and provision of sport and physical activity available for different types of participants, barriers to participation and ways to overcome these barriers to increase participation in sport and physical activity. They will also research equipment and technological advances in a chosen sport or physical activity and how to prepare our bodies for participation in sport and physical activity. 

3 tasks internally assessed issued by the examination board, in October and February. Externally moderated. 

Component 2: Taking part and improving other participants’ sporting performance. 

Learners will investigate the components of fitness and their effect on performance, take part in practical sport, explore the role of officials in sport and learn to apply methods and sporting drills to improve other participants’ sporting performance. 


4 tasks internally assessed issued by the examination board, in October and February. Externally moderated. 

Component 3: Developing fitness to improve other participants’ performance in sport and physical activity. 

Learners will be introduced to and develop an understanding of the importance of fitness and the different types of fitness for performance in sport and physical activity. They will also develop an understanding of the body and fitness testing.  

Externally assessed examination worth 40% of overall mark. Assessment is available twice each year (usually taken in Year 11) Jan/Feb and May/June. 



The qualification is equivalent to 1 GCSE and offers a direct progression on to A Level PE, BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport, BTEC National in Sport. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity in the leisure sector for employment.

Curriculum maps

How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with PE?

  • Encourage pupils to attend additional extra- curricular clubs to improve performance and physical activity levels.
  • Encourage pupils to try their best and seek advice if aspects are found to be challenging.
  • Ensure appropriate kit is bought to school for each lesson for the timetabled practical lessons.
  • If a pupil is excused due to a medical issue, a note written and signed by their parent / carer is needed to be given to a member of PE staff.

Teaching Staff

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Former Pupil, Aaron Ramsdale


Aaron Ramsdale was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and was raised in the nearby village of Chesterton. Ramsdale began his career at Newcastle-under-Lyme-based club Marsh Town. Goalkeeping coach Fred Barber took him up to Bolton Wanderers for a trial and they ended up signing him. In 2014, Ramsdale was identified by The Sentinel as a future prospect after helping his school, Sir Thomas Boughey High School, to reach the English Schools’ FA Cup semi-final. Currently, Aaron is a member of the England National Football Team and he made his England debut in the World Cup Qualifiers.

“When I was 15 years old, I was released by Bolton because I couldn’t even fill the shirt. I was so small that I looked like I was wearing my dad’s kit. I went around to five or six other clubs in the area, and every single one rejected me. 

It was so embarrassing. All I ever talked about in school was football, and how I was going to be a keeper. I had this amazing English teacher named Mr. Kerr, and he always used to let me relate every single topic in class to football. He’d let me rattle on about West Brom or Chelsea for 10 minutes, and somehow relate it back to what we were learning. When I got released, I was crushed, because it was such a big part of my identity at school. He could see I wasn’t talking anymore. I was so humiliated that I didn’t even want to tell my mates. 

In my head, the dream was over. 

Mr. Kerr pulled me aside one day after class and asked what was wrong. I told him. And I just remember him saying, so genuinely, “Well, how many clubs are there in the country? Must be 80-odd, no? You’ll find one. Don’t give up. Never give up on your dream.”

A few weeks later, Sheffield United let me join their academy. I wish I could say they recruited me. But it was more like they let me. “

Taken from the article “Oh Shut Up Ramsdale” from the Players’ Tribune – dated 3rd August 2023

Team information

Current team




Youth career


Marsh Town


Bolton Wanderers


Sheffield United

Senior career*






Sheffield United




→ Worksop Town (loan)




AFC Bournemouth




→ Chesterfield (loan)




→ AFC Wimbledon (loan)




Sheffield United







International career


England U18




England U19




England U20




England U21