Physical Education is a fundamental part of any child’s development and we are dedicated to ensuring that pupils at Caterham are given the very best opportunities. The department creates a positive and enjoyable environment, where students feel safe and learning is the main priority. Pupils take part in a wide range of sports and activities during their PE lessons, Enrichment sessions, and Extra Curricular clubs, all led by a highly qualified, motivated and keen team of PE specialists. We approach each learning opportunity in an innovative and creative way to ensure that every pupil is able to make progress and have fun.

Our curriculum is specifically designed so that pupils are able to achieve high quality and worthwhile qualifications in line with their ability. We are very aware that pupils have different needs and so offer GCSE PE, GCSE Dance and BTECs at different levels, Sports Leaders Courses, AS and A2 level courses as well as sports specific qualifications where possible.

“PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.”  National Curriculum for PE – QCA

Our vision is to teach students to enjoy physical activity and to enable them to strive to achieve their potential in sport.

We value every child and encourage participation in every activity regardless of ability. By offering a huge range of activities we hope we will capture student interest in our subject. Extracurricular activities are a vital part of a pupil’s life at Caterham and the opportunities are wide and varied.   .

Caterham High School was awarded sports college status in 2003.  Since the award, the school has built up a sports partnership of 40 primary schools and eight secondary schools, improving the quality of physical education provision and increasing the opportunities to take part in sporting activities across Redbridge.   As well as improving the standards of our primary students through specialist staff we also enable our students to gain invaluable leadership skills through coaching these students. As the Specialist Sports College in the borough we are in a unique position to use sport to motivate learning not only within our own curriculum area but across the whole school learning environment.

We believe that through the focus of Physical Education we can:

Create a Sense Belonging...

  • To the School
  • To their Tutor Groups
  • To School Teams and Clubs
  • Sport Badges to be worn on blazers
  • Contracts with all School Teams – importance of loyalty
  • Student of the PE activity Award
  • Sports Leader Award
  • Motivating students to aspire to taking an active part in the Sports College

Create our Own Heroes... 

  • Encouraging students to want to achieve – to be involved in sport, either as participants, officials, organisers or spectators.
  • Produce newsletter reports celebrating the involvement and achievement of our students
  • Hall of Fame, Photo Gallery, Trophy Cabinet and Match Reports to acknowledge the Sense of Achievement

Develop an Interest in the ‘NEW’...

  • Encourage students to take part in new activities
  • Developing a Spirit of Adventure without a Fear of Failure.
  • Introduce Trampolining, Street Dance and Volleyball.

Leadership and Responsibility...

  • Junior Sports Leadership Award (JLA)
  • Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA)
  • The BTEC Sports Studies and GCSE PE Course has a module on Leadership
  • With these leadership activities, along with involvement in helping in school clubs, we hope that the students will develop the skills and the confidence to take action and involve them in helping in the community
  • Using our talented students to coach and mentor younger students in teams and PE qualifications

Gifted and Talented in PE

As a department we aim to nurture our Gifted and Talented students so that they fulfil their potential. You can see how you are identified in this area: see link to Word “GTinPE”

Those that have been identified receive a range of opportunities to develop themselves not only in their chosen sport but through specialist trips and opportunities designed to motivate them to succeed: see link to PowerPoint “G&Tgallery”

Our Expectations

  • We expect every child to come prepared for their lesson with a full PE kit.
  • We expect all pupils to behave in a sensible and safe manner especially when using PE equipment.
  • We expect all pupils to show respect to others and treat them in the same way as they would expect to be treated themselves. This includes teachers, fellow pupils, technical and support staff.
  • We expect all students to complete class work to the best of their ability, taking care with presentation and the quality of work produced.
  • We have high expectations of our students and aim to motivate them to achieve the highest grades possible.
  • We expect pupils to regularly complete the homework that is set; all homework tasks can be seen on the school website via homework online. These frequently have additional support documents attached to help pupils in the completion of their work. 
  • We expect pupils to arrive to theory class prepared. This means bringing the correct equipment or resources for that lesson i.e. exercise/text book and pens.


Students will complete a number of activity blocks that last for 10 lessons. This covers a range of National Curriculum areas that both sexes study, including:

Gymnastics, Trampolining, Swimming, Football, Dance, Badminton and Health Related Fitness. Additionally girls follow Netball and Rounders whilst boys follow Basketball, Rugby and Cricket.

Our focus on leadership is established at this level where students identified with potential are awarded the ‘Sports Leader’ badge and operate in this role within their class.

Resources needed: During your lessons you will need a range of basic equipment alongside your normal PE kit. This is dependent on the activity but mainly includes a cap, towel and goggles for swimming.


At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option of taking the following subjects: for more information please see Powerpoint Keystage 4

Options available:


Physical Education (AQA)


At Key Stage 5 pupils have the option of taking the following subjects: for more information please see PowerPoint presentation PE Keystage 5.

There are two pathways available in the Sixth Form Physical Education; A Level Physical Education and Btec Extended Diploma in Sport. Each course has a unique programme of study and are equally recognised by Universities, College’s and in Industry.

Options available:


Physical Education (OCR)


Level 3 Advanced National Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) - (EdExcel)

Physical Education      A/AS Level OCR

Course requirements

At least a grade ‘B’ in GCSE PE. Individual cases will be considered from students who gain a distinction in the BTEC First Diploma in Sport. Active participation in two sports at school or club level.

Course outline

This course covers both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. Candidates are assessed through a written theory exam and a practical exam in both Y12 and Y13. Across the two years, candidates study Anatomy and Physiology, Historical and Contemporary Issues, Sports Psychology and Skill Acquisition. 

How will I be assessed?

The exam, sat in June, includes short and long answer questions whilst the practical units are assessed by moderation and a written presentation.

What you will need:

Folder, textbook, USB, White PE Shirt, black shorts/bottoms, trainers.

BTEC Level 3 Sport

Course requirements

At least a grade ‘C’ in GCSE PE or a Merit in BTEC First Diploma in Sport. Active participation is at least one sport at school or club level.

Course outline

This qualification is the equivalent to 3 A’level grades and is accepted by the majority of Universities. 

How will I be assessed?

This course is 100% coursework and is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a sport related course at University or employment. The Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A – Levels and is timetabled for 27 hours over a two week timetable. It covers all aspects of the subject and is assessed by written assignments. Candidates study 21 units across the two years. Units include Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Leadership, Fitness Testing, Sports Coaching, Fitness Programming, Psychology for Sport, Research Methods and Practical Sport.

What you will need:

Folder, textbook, USB, BTEC PE Shirt, black shorts/bottoms, trainers.


The main PE based excursion is to Glasbury House in Wales to participate in Outdoor Adventurous Activities.  This is a whole school activity that is often led by PE staff. Click on the link to see what you can participate in at this venue:

Glasbury House, Wales

The Department took a group of students skiing to Italy last Easter. We anticipate that this will become a regular trip for our students.

Clubs and Activities

The PE department offers an extensive extra-curricular programme designed to allow all students access to a range of activities. These activities occur before, at lunch and after school (see attached timetable). Alongside this we compete in a range of sports at District, Country and National level. Our dedicated department offer their time to allow these clubs to happen and this is where students can really flourish at school.

You can view our gallery of current individual and teams who represent the school: see link to PowerPoint “Caterhamsportsrepresentation”

Sports Day

Every child will represent their tutor group on the multi-activity Sports Day in the summer term. We feel it is important that every child is part of a team working towards a common goal as it is excellent preparation for the working world. The clubs and activities can be accessed: see link to Excel “PEclubs”

Exta Curricular Clubs

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