PE develops students’ 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.

PE enables all students 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. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity, helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

National Curriculum

PE Kit

  • Sky blue polo shirt (or navy blue GCSE PE shirt if applicable)
  • Navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms
  • RPA PE reversible games jersey
  • Trainers
  • Note – School jumpers or hooded tops are not to be worn (the RPA waterproof jacket may be worn in wet weather)

If your son/daughter is unable to participate in PE due to illness or injury, they are still required to change into their PE kit and will be involved in the lesson by undertaking other roles such as official/leader/observer/coach. Please provide a note in your child's planner to outline the reason for non-participation.

Key Stage 3

The study of PE should include activities that cover at least four of the following:

  • outwitting opponents, as in games activities
  • accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities
  • exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities
  • performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities
  • identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life saving and personal survival in swimming and outdoor activities
  • exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Physical Education (AQA- 4890) - The last year group to study this specification are the current Year 11 group

Theoretical Component

Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant

Written Paper- 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks- 40%

Practical Component

Unit 4: The Active Participant

Controlled Assessment

90 marks- 60%

Four assessments from at least two groups/ways of thinking: at least two as player/performer

GCSE Physical Education (AQA - 8582) - The first cohort to study this is the current Year 10 group

Theoretical Component

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
Written Paper - 1 hour 15 minutes (both exams)

78 marks each (both papers combine to make 60% of the GCSE)

Practical Component (Non-exam assessment)

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Controlled Assessment

100 marks - 40% of GCSE

Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (at least one team and one individual sport).

Key Stage 5

OCR A Level Physical Education (H554) - The last cohort to study this specification is the current Year 13 group

50% of total A Level is from AS Level PE

Theoretical Component

Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education
  • Historical Studies
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise and Sports Physiology
Written Paper - 2 hours 30 minutes - 105 marks - 35% of A Level

Practical Component

Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education
  • Performance in one sport (must be continued from AS Level)
  • Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance
Controlled Assessment - 60 marks - 15% of A Level

OCR A Level PE (H555) - The first cohort to study this is current Year 12 group

Theoretical Component

Physiological factors affecting performance
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
Written paper - 2 hours - 90 marks - 30% of A Level

Psychological factors affecting performance
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
Written paper - 1 hour - 60 marks - 20% of A Level

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
Written paper - 1 hour - 60 marks - 20% of A Level

Practical component

Performance in physical education
  • Performance or coaching in one chosen activity
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement
Controlled assessment - 60 marks - 30% of total A Level

Level 3 BTEC National Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

All coursework is internally assessed.

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Unit 2 - The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Unit 7 - Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
Subsidiary Diploma

The four units that make up the certificate plus, four units that will be selected depending on the nature of the cohort studying the qualification. Please click here to see a list of possible units.

Extracurricular Activities

Richmond Park Academy run an extensive variety of extracurricular clubs throughout the year. Activities include archery, health and fitness, golf, badminton, softcrosse, football, basketball, trampolining, dance, gymnastics, netball, volleyball, hockey, athletics, indoor athletics, tennis, table-tennis, rugby union, rugby league, rowing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, cricket, cross country, boxing, rounders and softball.

We have close links to community sports providers such as Putney Town Rowing Club, The Lensbury Centre, Brentford FC, Harlequins FC, Richmond Volleyball, and Barnes CC. These organisations provide coaches in curriculum time and for after school clubs which increase the opportunities for student participation.

Click here to see more information about extracurricular activities.