Physical Education

'The department are committed to providing pupils with worthwhile and educative experiences in as many activities as possible in the hope that they will pursue any interests through participation outside school and into later life'

'Opportunities for the academic study of Physical Education and Sport are seen as an important method of increasing pupils awareness of the importance of exercise and to stimulate the individuals interest in the study of sporting activity'

Lower School

Year 6 

The curriculum at Year 6 introduces the basic core elements of Physical education. The aim of the programme of study is to develop movement patterns, co-ordination and life skills. An holistic approach to teaching where every child's learning is nurtured to help them to participate to the best of their ability. All children cover the same activities which include; Ball Skills, Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming and Athletics.

Year 7

The curriculum at Year 7 is wide and varied in order to introduce and develop different types of movement patterns that will aid coordination in the execution of more complex skills in later years. Swimming and Athletics play an important role within the program of study as we believe these are important life skills. Classes are taught in small single sex groups where individual attention can aid pupils learning. Activities taught include; Gymnastics, ball skills, Health related Fitness and Dance.

Year 8

The curriculum in Year 8 looks to build upon what has been taught in Year 7. The programme of study revisits the same activities, however, more advanced skills are introduced thereby helping to develop children's motor skills and co-ordination. Children continue to be taught in small single sex groups where there is a stronger emphasis is placed on encouraging them to enjoy and understanding the benefits of participation in physical activity. Activities taught include; Swimming, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Health related Fitness and Ball Skills.

Year 9

The curriculum in Year 9 has a more developed programme of work. Not only is there a greater variety of activities taught but the style and manner is adapted to include a greater emphasis on knowledge and understanding of the activity. Pupils will be challenged with the opportunity to undertake more complex skills in each activity, though differentiation is also an important aspect of lessons with pupils being encourage to achieve their best. Children continue to be taught in single sex groups though at this stage maybe in slightly larger groups. Activities taught include; Trampolining, Dance, Swimming, Athletics and Badminton.

IGCSE Physical Education

The syllabus provides candidates with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education. It is designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity by providing students with an opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities. Students undertaking the IGCSE physical Education course should be competing regularly for the school teams and be competent in a range of sports

As part of the course the students will follow a programme of Swimming, Personal Survival, Cross Country and Camp Craft and, an ability to be successful in these sports is a key determinant to success in this subject.

 By following the course students will be able to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance and to appreciate the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being. 

The syllabus is broken down into the following components:-

  • Factors affecting performance
  • Health, safety and training
  • Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity

The examination assesses candidate’s knowledge and understanding in relation to the syllabus content. Candidates are required to demonstrate skills of description, interpretation and evaluation. The question paper has a weighting of 50% of the total mark.

The Coursework component requires candidates to offer a minimum of four practical activities from two of seven categories. Each activity is marked out of 50 and it is worth 50% of the final mark. There is also a written piece of coursework worth 10%.The practical activity categories are:

  • GAMES 

The new IGCSE syllabus which replaces this course will be followed next year. It has slight differences to the above syllabus and should you require any information about this course, please contact Mrs. J Hutchinson who can provide you with further information.

A level

This course will build upon the IGCSE Physical Education course taught at Leicester Grammar School. Students undertaking the A Level Physical Education course must have not only a passion for the subject, but must also be playing and competing regularly to a high standard in teams both inside, and outside of school.  It is also essential that prior to opting for A Level Physical Education potential students should, via consultation with the school, ensure that their chosen sport is approved for practical assessment by the A Level board (currently OCR) used by the school.

It should be stressed that completing GCSE PE is not a pre-requisite of the course as high grades in GCSE Sciences will also give you a very sound foundation for studying this subject at Advanced Level.

The key determinants to success are not just outstanding practical performance but also a very strong performance in the written examination which comprises 70% of the final A Level grade. Therefore students who wish to undertake A Level Physical Education will be expected to have scored highly in the theory element of their GCSE PE course.

The practical element of A Level Physical Education is only worth 30% of the final A Level mark. The theory element (70%) covers a number of other subjects and skills. You will need to be able to write Historical essays, understand concepts in Physics and Psychology and apply biological concepts to the moving body.

This course will prepare learners for the further study of Physical Education or Sports Science in addition to other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by Further Education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

Throughout this course you will:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that
  • underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds



* Applied anatomy and physiology

* Exercise physiology

* Biomechanics

Physiological factors affecting performance (01)* 90 marks 2 hour written paper


30% of total A level

* Skill acquisition

* Sports psychology

Psychological factors affecting performance (02)* 60 marks 1 hour written paper

20% Of total A level

* Sport and society

* Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (03)* 60 marks 1 hour written paper

20% of total A level

* Performance or Coaching

* Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Performance in physical education (04)* 60 marks** Non-exam assessment (NEA)

30% of total A level

* Indicates inclusion of synoptic assessment.

** Examination is weighted up to 90 marks to equal the total marks combined for the two tasks.


Over fifty teams represent the school in the six major sports of Netball, Rugby Football, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics and Tennis. In 2015-16 there were a record eighty two pupils who were either County Champions or achieved County Representation in their chosen sports with nine students extending this representation to Midlands level and three achieving International honours. A diverse range of team and individual activities, including Swimming, Badminton, Cross Country, Trampolining, Gymnastics and Table Tennis forms part of the extra-curricular programme. Fixtures in all of the schools major games take place on Saturdays, during games afternoons or after school. The Sport programme at LGS and LGJS has now expanded to the extent where in 2015-16 we fielded a total of 172 teams across 17 sports with a total of 715 fixtures.  School teams from all age groups are regular winners of County and Regional level competitions. Students of outstanding sporting ability graduate to centres of excellence and academies of sport, both locally and nationally and onto careers in professional sport.

Trips & Tours

Sporting tours are undertaken to a variety of destinations. Rugby, Hockey and Netball have toured to both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere on a number of occasions in recent years. In Summer 2014, the 1st XI Cricket team visited Barbados and the 1st XI Hockey and 1st VII Netball toured Malaysia and Singapore. The 1st and 2nd XV Rugby squad travelled to Italy for pre-season training in August 2014 and pre-season training trips are also run to venues in the UK each year for both Hockey and Netball.  The next major overseas tours are scheduled for Summer 2017 when the 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Cricket sides will tour Sri Lanka and the 1st XI Hockey and 1st VII Netball teams are returning to South East Asia.


The school places a very strong emphasis on the benefits of sport and physical education. All pupils from Year 6 to 11 receive a double period of physical education and an afternoon of games each week. Students continue their participation in sport into the Sixth Form either by playing in senior representative teams in one of the schools major games or by opting for a more general recreational games programme. Physical Education is the part of the curriculum than can contribute most to the physical experience of pupils. Its content includes opportunities to increase skilful body management and participation in activities that range from games to dance, swimming and outdoor pursuits. The school has very close relationships with Leicester Tigers Rugby and Leicester Ladies and Mens Hockey, with both current and past pupils representing these clubs at all levels. As members of the Learning South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership, we have cemented strong links with local state schools and participate fully in all county competitions. We are particularly proud of our links with the local community and we were accepted as a Team Training Base for both the 2012 London Olympics and the Rugby World Cup 2015.  The Canadian national side based themselves at our site for the duration of the 2015 World Cup, allowing all of our pupils the opportunity to observe and learn from world class international performers.

Sports Scholarship Information

Lower VI Sport Scholarship