Physical Education is at the very heart of Stoke Newington School and our inspiring curriculum will help all pupils to experience competitive situations, working as a team, leadership and creativity. Physical Education plays a big part in our physical, social and mental development. It also helps to motivate pupils to take part in regular exercise and draw a correlation between physical health and general well-being, which resonates outside of the gym or classroom.

Pupils take part in physical education from Year 7 to Year 11 and as pupils progress through the school they will grow in confidence and widen their sporting role to become performers, leaders and officials. Opportunities to compete in sport and physical activity helps with mental well-being, helps to build character and also to embed values such as fairness, sportsmanship and respect.

Pupils at Stoke Newington School have a wide range of physical ability and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the pupil. In doing so we help to raise pupils’ health and fitness levels, improve physical skills and develop resilience and perseverance.

Our intentions are to:

  • Enable pupils to develop and explore physical skills.
  • Encourage working with others in a range of group situations.
  • Develop the way pupils apply rules for different activities.
  • Show pupils how to improve the quality of their performance.
  • Enable pupils to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • Develop the pupil’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity.
  • Develop an understanding of how to evaluate their own success.
  • Encourage all pupils to engage in our extra-curricular programme.

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Physical Education at Key Stage 3

In Year 7 pupils take part in a 10 week baseline assessment in a range of activities. Following this, pupils participate in a further 5 activities throughout the year developing their skills, techniques and tactics in a range of sports.

Year 8 pupils partake in 7 rotations covering a range of sports that build on the range of skills, techniques and tactics learnt in Year 7.

The activities covered include; invasion games, gymnastics and dance, striking and fielding, net and wall games, health related fitness and athletics.


The PE department has two key foci for lower school pupils: All pupils will be educated in the importance of leading a healthy active lifestyle. Pupils will also be prepared to undertake the PE/Sport pathway should they opt to choose it for the Upper School.

Physical Education at Key Stage 4

All upper school pupils at Stoke Newington School participate in 3 or 4 hours of PE in their 2 week timetable, within their lessons pupils take part in a range of activities that encourage healthy active lifestyles. Year 9 and 10 pupils participate in 7 different activities across the year, building on the knowledge, understanding and skills they learnt but also developing new skills in varying sports not undertaken in lower school. Year 11 pupils participate in 5 different activities across their final year continually participating in active lessons in which they are encouraged to utilise lessons to refocus and build relationships with their peers. Pupils are delivered enjoyable, active lessons with varying activities including badminton, team building, yoga, fitness, trampolining and football.


Pupils who are interested in the theory of sport and physical activity and who are engaged in lower school physical education and extra-curricular sports should choose the PE and Sport offer in order to enhance their physical education experience at Stoke Newington School. At the start of year 9, pupils that have chosen PE and Sport are randomly split into three classes. Most of their lessons will be theory-based, but there will be some practical lessons to apply the knowledge they have learnt. Pupils will be assessed over two terms, both practically and in theory (through classwork and end of term tests). Pupils will then be advised to follow either our GCSE pathway or our vocational pathway, in order to promote maximal attainment for each individual pupil.


Pupils undertaking the GCSE pathway after Year 9 continue to partake mostly in theory lessons during their additional PE time with an occasional practical lessons integrated. GCSE pupils’ assessment is separated into 3 different areas:

1) Applied Anatomy and physiology and Physical training exam – 30% of total GCSE

2) Socio-cultural influences, sports psychology, health, fitness and wellbeing – 30% of total GCSE

3) Practical activity assessment, analysing and evaluating performance (AEP) – 40% of total GCSE

  1. Pupils are assessed in 3 different sports at least 1 individual sport and 1 team sport.
  2. 10% of pupils’ grade are acquired from each sport as well as an additional piece of coursework worth 10%
  3. Pupils must participate competitively in each of their sports.

Pupils develop and improve on their 3 sports throughout the 2 year course, options include badminton, table tennis, netball, basketball, football, trampolining, handball and athletics. Within the 2 year GCSE course pupils develop their knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas including but not limited to:

  • Structure and function of skeletal system
  • Structure and function of muscular system
  • Movement analysis
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory system
  • Effects of exercise on body systems
  • Physical training
  • Components of fitness

Pupils who go into the GCSE pathway undertake their 2 exams along with all other GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Pupils are offered further study and revision session throughout the 2 year course to help improve their knowledge and understanding.

(OCR) Cambridge National in Sport Studies

Pupils undertaking this more vocational pathway beyond Year 9 are those who are interested in learning more hands on skills within the realm of sport. This course covers units of work on practical sport, leadership, contemporary issues and media in sport. It provides pupils with the opportunity to work both practically and academically. The course is assessed very differently to that of the GCSE. This Cambridge National is awarded after pupils have sat one exam (one retake is permitted) and three units of coursework. The major advantage of this is that pupils are completing the course as they move through the units, rather than in one large assessment window at the end of Year 11.

Pathways beyond upper school

Our focus beyond upper school is to ensure pupils are equipped with the knowledge of how to look after their mental and physical wellbeing going into young adulthood. Our hopes are for all pupils to continue with sports and physical activity beyond school and to embed it into their lives.

We also offer two pathways for upper school pupils to progress into and these are A level PE and BTEC Sport Extended Diploma at level 3.

Key Stage 4 Resources

PE and Sport at Key Stage 5

A Level PE (OCR)

Pupils who study A Level PE here at Stoke Newington are pupils who are passionate, engaged and inquisitive about the world of sport. They thrive on grasping new and exciting knowledge across a range of thought provoking and challenging topics and outside of school are participating in at least one sport at a very high level.

In year 12 students will begin by learning about the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems. This anatomical and physiological understanding enables students to analyse movements, training and techniques breaking them down into scientific detail so that improvements can be made. Students also delve into ways in which we learn and acquire skills and will understand and debate absorbing theories in personality, motivation and anxiety.

In year 13 students will use their theoretical knowledge to analyse and evaluate another performance in their chosen sport. This oral piece of coursework forms on one their assessed units in conjunction with their own sporting performance. Developing on their knowledge of anatomy and psychology learning from the first-year, students will learn to apply the principles of physics to sport in a biomechanics unit where they will understand fluid dynamics and projectile motion among other concepts. Finally, they draw upon contemporary issues and learn about the development of sport in the third and final exam unit on socio-cultural issues in sport.

The Exam is worth 70% of the final grade and practical assessment and coursework makes up the remaining 30%.

BTEC Sport-Extended Diploma (Edexcel)

Pupils who opt to study the BTEC sport qualification are those who are often set on pursuing a career or higher education pathway post 18. This course, equivalent to 3 A Levels, really does teach pupils all about the wider world of sport. They will undertake units in a huge variety of topics being assessed through an array of methods.

This course is more hands on and practical in nature as pupils learn how to coach, administer first aid and conduct fitness assessments. Pupils who study this course will also work closely with the PE department to deliver part of the school’s inter-form sport competitions. Due to its largely independent and intensive studying nature pupils acquire a skillset that will see them leave Stoke Newington well equipped to work in the industry or go to on to university to study sport there. There are 14 units to complete over the two year period and 4 of these are externally assessed. The units include topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Testing, Sports Leadership and Sports Psychology.

Key Stage 5 Resources


Our extra-curricular offering here at Stoke Newington is unrivalled. We pride ourselves in promoting and delivering a broad range of activities at lunch times and after school. They range from, but are not exclusive to; table tennis, gymnastics, football, netball, basketball, dance, handball and athletics. Many of these clubs are open to everyone and all of them are free of charge. As a result of this extensive enrichment program we have a excellent record of success across the capital.

Our alumni of successful athletes:

Paige Bailey Gayle - professional footballer Leicester City Ladies & England U19s

Sean Clare - professional footballer Hearts FC

Aaron Rowe - professional footballer Huddersfield FC

Tao Geoghegan Hart - professional cyclist UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos

Lawrence Okolie - professional boxer European cruiserweight champion

Jim Pope - climber Team GB

Lauren George - footballer Scholarship to Alabama University

Career and future pathways

We have had students leave us to go on and study sport related degrees at Loughborough, Brunel, Bath, Exeter, Canterbury and Manchester universities. We have also had students who have studied the A Level or BTEC and go on to do degrees unrelated to sport, complete apprenticeships, work as a sports coach and personal training. We are experienced in producing pupils who are prepared and adept in a range of transferable skills.

Potential careers you could pursue post 18 could be:

  • Sports coach
  • Physiotherapist
  • Fitness instructor
  • Leisure centre manager
  • PE teacher
  • Professional athlete
  • Sports journalist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Masseuse