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Physical Education


The Physical Education Department develops self-esteem, dignity, health/fitness, resilience and respect through participation not only in lessons but as representatives and ambassadors of the school. Physical Education is crucial to pupil development; it can contribute to spiritual, moral, cultural and most importantly physical development.

At Prince William School you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities but most importantly you will learn to lead a healthy and active lifestyle which will benefit you as you move through life.

The Physical Education Department offers good facilities. In addition to large fields consisting of two football and one rugby pitch, there is a well-equipped Sports Hall, a full sized astro-turf and 3 outdoor netball courts. The changing rooms, with showers and heated floor, house a designated PE classroom as well as a fully equipped fitness suite. Opportunities exist for students to enjoy a range of sporting activities throughout the curriculum. There is a strong fixture-list for Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Football, Rounders and Cricket. Many students also participate in other sports such as Athletics, Rowing, Gymnastics, Tennis, Badminton and much more.

Physical Education with Prince William School is structured to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and the aims of the School as a whole. Physical Education covers both activities in and outdoors. It is of a recreational, aesthetic and competitive nature, requiring individual effort and co-operation.

An extensive extra-Curricular programme takes place at the school with activities on most lunchtimes and after school as well as the after school fixtures. Coaches from outside of school come in and run clubs such as fencing and the football Academies from Norwich and Peterborough.

Physical Education is timetabled throughout the School, with 2 periods per week in all years.

The areas covered on the curriculum include;

Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Athletics, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Dance, Gaelic Football, Handball, Tennis and Softball.


At Key Stage 4 students can take BTEC PE as on option block which will give them an extra 5 lessons a fortnight as well as their standard 2 core pe lessons, these will be a mix between practical and theory based lessons. As part of the BTEC students will be regularly participating or undertaking a role in two sports of their choice. Students will develop independence to their learning by consolidating classroom work through annotation of notes and summarising key points. Students will engage in classroom discussion developing and applying their knowledge. The course requires the students to complete areas of coursework both practically and theoretically, these will be continually assessed throughout the year, they will be required to submit the coursework for corrections and then keep to all deadline dates. There are three mandatory units, one of which is an online exam, and one optional unit.


At Key Stage 5 students are given the opportunity to opt for the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport, which is the equivalent of 1 A-level. The BTEC course will give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a degree or BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas. They will cover the following areas the first three of which are mandatory and the final one is an optional unit that we have chosen.

  1. Anatomy and Physiology (online exam)
  2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (written exam)
  3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry (coursework)
  4. Sports Leadership (coursework)

Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of GCSE grades 9-4, students will also be expected to achieve a minimum pass grade 4 in their BTEC Sport. If PE was not completed then candidates who achieved Grade 6 in their Sciences will be considered on an individual basis.

Extra Curricular

On top of the sports offered by the PE Department there are many opportunities to take part in Leadership throughout the years. The school prides itself on the reputation it has created throughout the district for the quality of its young leaders helping out with Primary Festivals and events across the partnership. Leadership comes in two forms, general leadership carried out by Yr7-11 and the Sports Leaders/Higher Sports Leaders Award.

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