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, AS and A2 level courses, BTECs at different levels 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. 

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
  • Student of the PE activity 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, HITT and Volleyball.

Leadership and Responsibility...

  • 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

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 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 are given a variety of opportunities to take on this responsibility, ranging from small groups to leading whole class warm ups and activities. Students are also assessed in this avenue. 

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.



Btec Level 2 First in Sport

Aims of the Course         

This is a vocational or work related course consisting of eight units and offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the Sports Industry Sector. As such, the BTEC First Diploma offers a focused qualification for learners who wish to follow a programme of study that is directly linked to an aspect of employment that they may wish to move into in the future. 

How will I be taught?

One third of the lessons will be practical and the other two thirds theory taught in the Specialist ICT PE room.   The BTEC First Diploma in Sport is Exam* and coursework based and taught in a range of environments to enhance learning.  This course accounts for 1 GCSE grade. The Units are structured into:

1. Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance*

2. The Sport and Active Leisure Industry

3. Health and Safety in Sport

4. The Body in Sport

5. Leading Sports Activities

6. Practical Sport Performance

*Examined units are a pre-requisite to gaining an overall qualification. 

The units are delivered over 2 years through a combination of practical and theoretical sessions and will take up the equivalent time of one GCSE option.

How will I be assessed?

Anatomy and Physiology – EXAM (25%)

High level scientific element directly related to sport.  Students sit a 1.5 hour examination.  Students must pass this aspect to gain the qualification.

Coursework Units – Controlled Conditions (75%)

The other units stated above are set over the duration of the course.  Failure to submit/participate in these assessed units is not an option for entry.  The standard required is high and therefore suits students who enjoy producing their own independent work, presenting their findings and challenging themselves beyond key stage 3 learning.  Students must note that theory is the main component and inability to produce this work reduces/stops practical activity until this can be sustained.

BTEC Level 3 Sport

Btec Level 3 Sport

Course requirements

Course outline

 Caterham High School offers the new specification BTEC National Level 3 Sport Extended Certificate. This course is the new more robust 2016 launching of the BTEC National series and includes 2 external examination units (pupils must achieve a pass as a minimum in both of these) and 2 coursework units that are subject to possible external moderation. The course demands are similar to the detail of the A level equivalent and should not be seen as an easier route but an alternative one. Pupils who can manage both the demands of written and practical coursework assignments along exams should consider this.

 The units covered include;


  • UNIT 1  -  Anatomy and Physiology - this is a traditional externally set exam that includes both short and long answer questions. Topics of study include  the skeletal system, the muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and the energy systems. Pupils must know the detail of these areas and how they are affected by exercise and regular training. To access higher grades it is imperative pupils are able to assess and evaluate the roles of these systems, impacts of sport and adaptations from training on them.
  • UNIT 5 - Application of Fitness Testing - this is an assignment based assessment unit. Pupils will be set a number of assignments that must be completed to a strict deadline and to the required standard as often resubmission of work is not possible/permitted. The content for this unit includes the understanding of safe and appropriate use fitness testing,what makes results valid, reliable and suitable for use. Pupils will be expected to learn about the appropriate methods and protocols in place to assess the fitness of clients in a safe manner and for all of the of the different components of fitness needed. Pupils will also be expected to apply these to selected clients, following safe methods and selecting appropriate tests/procedures. This will be assessed through both written documents and video recordings of safe and correct application. Pupils will then be follow up with a detailed report highlighting both strengths a weaknesses when comparing gathered data to national normative data available. Within the report impacts upon clients sporting performance should be clearly detailed and suggestions for improvement provided. Pupils should also be able to critically reflect on their own performance in the assignment process.




UNIT 2 - Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being - this is an externally set exam that provides pupils with a case study scenario where they are required to answer long answer questions, often a page or more long. The unit contest includes lifestyle factors, diet and nutrition, training methods, understanding of health issues as well as understanding how to set up a suitable and safe training plan for a client.

  • UNIT 3 - Professional Development in the Sports Industry - this is an assignment based assessment unit. Pupils will be set a number of assignments that must be completed to a strict deadline and to the required standard as often resubmission of work is not possible/permitted. Content for this unit includes researching different employment opportunities and professional development pathways in the world of sport, how to create documents to set up an interview for a company as an interviewer and how to set up documents in the role of an interviewee. Pupils will also be expected to take a full part in the interview process, both as an interviewer and interviewee, this will require the creation and completion of appropriate documents to a high standard. Along with this pupils will be required to gather video evidence of the practical part of this, this will include leading an interview and being interviewed on camera (interviews will also include a practical element such as leading a coaching or fitness session). Once completed pupils will have to critically evaluate their performance in this process through a detailed written evaluation.

Course requirements

At least a grade ‘5/C’ in GCSE PE or a Merit in BTEC First Diploma in Sport. Pupils will also need a grade 5/C in English, Science and Maths to be able to cope with the volume of writing and detail of content.

Active participation in at least one sport at school or club level (the practical understanding of sport is important to this course)

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”

Extra Curricular Clubs

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