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The vision for Physical Education is to secure the best possible experience, learning and outcomes for each young person for whom we have responsibility.

We aim to provide a Physical Education that delivers:

  • Passion – to promote a healthy active lifestyle and lifelong love of sport.
  • Participation – to provide opportunities to enjoy and commit to sporting activities.
  • Performance – to set appropriate challenges enabling students to reach their potential.

Please follow this link for the KS3 PE Curriculum Map 2020-21

Please follow this link for the KS4 PE Curriculum Map 2020-21

Please follow this link for examples of our PE Kit. Please name every item of your son/daughter’s kit.

Our teaching staff are passionate about their subject and aim to provide the best possible experiences for the students at Longsands. There are a wide range of specialisms in a multitude of physical and theoretical areas. This enables us to deliver a curriculum where the students can experience a comprehensive range of sporting opportunities but also receive a broad and balanced knowledge rich subject. The aims above are achieved through a wide range of sports in the curriculum, including Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket, Outdoor and Adventure Activities, Softball, Athletics, Rounders, Basketball, Cross-country, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Badminton, Volleyball and Tennis.

Using this range of sports, the curriculum is designed to create a high aspiration achievement culture and ensure every student can build on and embed knowledge to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding in PE. To create ideas, devise tactics, learn rules, evaluate, analyse and improve performance.
  • Increase awareness of health and fitness in PE. To enable all students to assess and monitor fitness. To develop knowledge how to improve health and skill development to foster a lifelong participation and/or career in physical activity.
  • Improve practical ability in PE. To enable students to acquire, develop, select and apply skills in a variety of different activities.
  • To develop the social skills that can applied in all aspects of life. The social domain refers to developing purposeful and respectful relationships with peers to promote collaboration, leadership and teamwork.

All Key Stage 3 PE students participate in a minimum of two lessons of PE each week. Throughout Key Stage 3, the lessons will build on and embed physical development and knowledge. This will enable us to develop deeper substantive knowledge of advanced skills but also ensure progression of disciplinary knowledge. This will equip students for the demands of examination PE in Key Stage 4 whilst maintaining the range of content we offer to nurture the love for PE. All Key Stage 4 students participate in one core PE lesson each week. For students not studying examination PE we adhere closely to our aims to ensure all students develop knowledge on maintaining a healthy and active future lifestyle. Our extensive facilities include an Astroturf pitch, 3 rugby pitches, 3 football pitches, 8 netball courts, a 400-metre athletics track with field events areas, two cricket squares (one artificial), a sports hall, two gymnasia, two hall spaces and a fitness studio.

In Key Stages 4 and 5, we offer a wide range of examination courses, including BTEC Level 2/3, GCSE and A Level. Through collaborative working students also have the opportunity to access the St Neots Town Football Club scholarship programme.

We offer an impressive extra-curricular programme in all Key Stages, where students have the opportunity to take part in sports clubs both at lunch time and after school in a wide range of sports. In terms of competitive sport, within the district and county, students are able to take part in regular competitive fixtures within the major activities such as football, rugby, hockey, athletics and hockey. Talented individuals in Key Stages 3 and 4 are also supported through the stretch and challenge pathway with termly opportunities to enhance their progression in respective sports.  These successes are celebrated at the annual Sports Awards evening in June.

A number of residential trips are run by the department, including a yearly Ski trip to Austria, Netball trip to Condover Hall, Football tour to Germany and a 3-yearly Hockey and Rugby Tour to South Africa.

For students who do not elect to take an examination course in PE, they continue to receive 1 hour of PE per week.