Physical Education

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.


Mr T Clifford - Subject Leader

Mr J Costello

Ms C Binnington

Ms H Smith

Mr C Trace

Mr D Martin

Mr J Giblin

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 - 8582)

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).

Please click here to see an overview of the course.

Key Stage 5

OCR A Level PE (H555)

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

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Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Assessment is made up of both external examination and internally assessed coursework.

Students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1: Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Unit 2: Functional Anatomy
  • Unit 3: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Unit 4: Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Unit 5: Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Unit 6: Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Unit 8: Specialised Fitness Training
  • Unit 9: Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science

Please click here to read an overview of the 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.

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