Key Stage 3

The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all students with high quality PE and School Sport. It is our vision for every student to take the opportunity to succeed and achieve their potential, as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We seek to inspire our students through PE lessons which are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our students to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for students to develop values and transferable life skills such as leadership, working as part of a team, fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in a comprehensive enrichment programme with after school clubs and competitive sporting fixtures. 

At Key Stage 3, students all have one double lesson of PE each week and our core curriculum focuses on the three key strands of health (Fit for life), performance (Fit to perform) and leadership (Fit to lead). This curriculum aims to give students exposure to a wide breadth of activities in line with the National Curriculum. This is to allow students to learn the key fundamentals through different mediums before embarking on further study at Key Stage 4.

Our Key Stage 4 courses are designed for our students to embark on careers within the sports industry whether that may be sports journalism, professional athlete, nutritionist or personal trainer. We offer courses on both a theoretical academic pathway and vocational. We want our students to have the opportunity to access a range of theory and experience the completely diverse opportunities within sport and career choices.  

As a result, PE students will: 

  • Enjoy and contribute in a positive manner towards lessons.
  • Regularly take part in physical activity and sport making the most of opportunities provided to them 
  • Develop resilience by understanding the importance of hard work to bring about positive improvements
  • Acknowledge their own success identified by WWWs and sct on EBIs/Next Steps provided by teachers.
  • Meet and exceed the expectations of the Behaviour For Learning policy. 
  • Meet all deadlines (H/W & NEA)
  • Support the learning of those around them.
  • Leave PE with strong qualifications that benefit not only careers and aspirations in the subject but outside of it also. 
  • Leave the PE Department physically active and prepared for life long participation in a healthy active lifestyle.
  • Conduct themselves with pride and integrity in all that they do. 

PE Curriculum Video

Key Stage 4

All students have two compulsory lessons of core sport each week which enables them to participate in physical activity and supports their wellbeing.

At Key Stage 4 students also have the opportunity, as part of their Pathway options, to select either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport.

GCSE Physical Education is for students who have a love of sport and are keen to achieve a deeper understanding. The course introduces key sporting ideas and shows how they interact with practical performance. The current GCSE in Physical Education has been designed to offer greater challenge and, for the first time, the majority of the assessment will be through written exam papers. A GCSE in Physical Education is for students who are interested in the theory behind sports performance and health, fitness and wellbeing. Students selecting GCSE Physical Education will be expected to be involved in after-school sports clubs and, ideally, sport outside school because the majority of GCSE PE lessons will be classroom-based. Please follow the links below for more information.

GCSE PE OCR Specification

BBC Bitesize, GCSE PE

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport offers an alternative to GCSE Physical Education, catering for a wider range of individual needs. The course is taught in units and has core and optional units. The Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Sport is a 120 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE). Following this course will raise your understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of doing so. It will also develop your leadership skills, something which every employer looks for. This can lead on to the Level 3 BTEC National programme or other vocational qualifications. Please see the exam board specification below.

BTEC Award Specification

Students will finish their journey in PE understanding that PE really is for everyone and not just those looking to perform at elite level. We provide opportunities to broaden students' experiences by offering an innovative curriculum with the aspirations and interest of the student at its core. Designed with this in mind, our curriculum includes a range of team sports, individual sports and health related activities; from more ‘popular’ sports such as football and less common sports such as handball.


As a practical subject, just as teaching and learning take place in the practical domain, so too should assessment. The expectation is that, especially in Key Stage 3, assessment of students’ learning and progression within this PE and Health curriculum will predominantly be undertaken in a practical setting.

Assessment is undertaken with a formative approach as part of the ongoing teaching and learning process, providing regular feedback to enable students to progress.

BTEC Sport Level 1/2

Four Units of study : (Each unit 25% ; 75% coursework and 25% on screen exam)

  1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise (On screen Exam)
  2. Practical Sports Performance 
  3. Training for Personal Fitness
  4. Leading Sports activities 

The course is 70% theory, split into two exam papers and one piece of coursework. The remaining 30% is practical performance.

  1. Exam paper one: Physical factors affecting performance - Anatomy & Physiology and Physical Training (30%)
  2. Exam paper two: Socio-Cultural Influences, Sports Psychology and Health, Fitness and Well-being (30%)
  3. Coursework: Analysing and Evaluating Performance (10%)
  4. Practical: Practical Performance in 3 activities (3x10%)



Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are a wide range of extra curricular activities available to all students. These take place before or after school, and are run by the Physical Education staff and a range of qualified coaches. Our strong cross-campus ethos allows many activities to run on the same night.  This year in the Autumn term we have on offer: girls' football, badminton, basketball, rugby, hockey, Gaelic football, table tennis, handball and fitness training. Our commitment to extra curricular sport also involves fixtures and tournaments across the cluster (Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington) and within the Cambridgeshire district. 

We are proud of our reputation in the District Schools Sports Association, where we have recently shown success in rugby, football, netball, cross-country, indoor rowing, badminton, basketball, cricket, table tennis, golf and athletics.

Rugby, Football and netball consistently have over 100 students involved in training and playing in the local fixtures. Rugby is showing very promising progress, Mr Dixon has secured funding for coaching and posts at Coleridge and has created strong links with Cambridge Rugby Club.  Matches and tournaments take place in the autumn-term for all year groups. Hockey has recently been re-introduced and the club has attracted over 60 students weekly, playing schools in the district competitions. 

The cluster hosts an indoor rowing competition at Parkside for district schools. Athletics teams are making good progress and we have recently won the local Olympic Cup. Net games are a focus at different times of the year with federation wide tournaments and festivals held at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall and Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club. In cricket we have been successful in getting our teams to reach the finals of the County Inter Cricket at Fenners. Coleridge Community College are also former national champions in U13 team category table tennis, with the facilities based at Coleridge.

We are pleased to run trips locally to Cambridge based facilities as well as further afield to events at Twickenham, Wimbledon and Wembley. The faculty runs a ski-trip every year for year 9 students, so your child will always get an opportunity to go skiing in Europe. Over the past five years, over 300 students have progressed on the slopes, always making it one to cherish. 

The department also runs the Sports Day House Cup, which takes place as the end of year climax, where students compete for their house colours in a range of activities from bouncy assault courses and egg and spoon, to the 100m relay and shot put.


Our courses are designed for our students to embark on careers within the sports industry, whether that may be sports journalism, professional athlete, nutritionist or personal trainer.