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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

PE

Our high quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in a variety of different physical activities. Pupils develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. Through the curriculum delivered, our pupils are encouraged to analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their full potential. 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: This helps to prepare them for life as young adults living in a modern society. The wide and varied curriculum delivered allows pupils to discover an aptitude and enjoyment for a particular sport and enables pupils to make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

Our PE curriculum helps pupils 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. The curriculum and extra-curriculum provision at Cirencester Deer Park School enables pupils to participate in competitive situations both in school and within the wider community. Inter-tutor competitions, in addition to school, district and county competitions, give opportunity for all pupils to fully participate in the sporting life of the school. Physical Education is at the forefront of life at Deer Park. It has become a hugely successful and popular subject and the school Alumni boasts many pupils who have become successful sports men and women at various sporting levels and different sports careers.

Find out about each Key Stage in PE:

KS3 PE 

All pupils in Years 7 to 9 receive 4 one hour lessons per fortnight. The pupils engage in a variety of different sports, from traditional games such as Football, Rugby, Hockey and Netball through to less common activities like Lacrosse, Health Related Exercise, Dance and Trampolining. Each year the pupils will build on their knowledge from the previous year so that they can develop their skills and ability levels. PE is taught in single sex classes throughout all of KS3. Pupils are assessed in a variety of ways upon entering the school and are then placed into ability-appropriate groups. In order to maximise learning and skill development, pupils are taught a sport for a series of lessons before moving onto another activity. A range of individual sports and team sports are included within the curriculum to engage all learners.

Whilst outdoor and adventurous activities are not discretely taught within the PE curriculum, there are opportunities to participate in activities of this nature offered throughout KS3; these include the School Games competitions for watersports, Enrichment Week activities such as High Ropes in Year 7 and Watersports in Year 9, locally at SCOEC.

Fundamentally, within the PE curriculum we are seeking to develop the whole person through sports: teamwork, problem-solving, confidence-building, growth mindset and strategies to overcome difficulties are vital strands of the ethos of the PE Faculty, ensuring pupils are given the preparation needed for life as young citizens living in Europe and beyond.

KS4 PE 

PE is a compulsory subject and all pupils will have 3 hours of PE lessons per fortnight. In these lessons the pupils will have 2 practical lessons per fortnight covering a wide range of sporting activities such as netball, hockey, rugby, football, volleyball, trampolining, tennis and athletics. Within these lessons pupils will further develop their skills and tactics within a competitive environment. The third lesson a fortnight is a fitness lesson to ensure all pupils understand why there is a need to be fit and different ways in which greater fitness can be achieved so they are equipped with this knowledge for when they leave school and have to make life choices as a young adult.


The faculty offer a GCSE in Physical Education and over the last 5 years have achieved outstanding results. This year will see an introduction of a new course which has now been approved. The course consists of:

  • PRACTICAL – 40% of final mark. 30% for 3 internally assessed practical sports which are then externally moderated. Includes a written piece worth 10% of the 40%.
  • THEORY – 60% of the final mark, assessed by two written exams of 1 hour and 15mins at the end of the course.

PRACTICAL Content:

Assessed in 3 different practical activities:

  • One individual sport –  Amateur boxing, Athletics, Badminton, Canoeing/Kayaking (slalom), Canoeing/Kayaking (sprint),Cycling, Dance , Diving, Gymnastics (artistic), Golf, Equestrian, Rock climbing, Sculling, ski-ing, snowboarding, squash, swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Trampolining
  • One team sport – Association Football, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Cricket, Dance, Gaelic Football, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Lacrosse, Netball, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
  • One other choice from above.

Where a sport is in both the individual and team list, you may only do it once.

THEORY Content:

Paper 1 Written exam – 1hr 15 mins

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Skeletal, muscular respiratory and cardio-vascular system, aerobic and anaerobic exercise, short and long term effects of exercise.
  • Movement Analysis – Lever systems, planes and axes of movement
  • Physical Training – Health and Fitness, components of fitness, fitness testing, collecting comparable data, principles of training an overload, types of training, training thresholds ,mathematical calculations, prevention of injury, altitude and seasonal training, warm-up and cool downs.
  • Use of Data – Quantitative and qualitative data, methods for collecting both, presenting data and the analysis and evaluation of data.

Paper 2 Written exam - 1 hour 15 mins

  • Sports psychology – classification of skills, basic/complex, open /closed, goal setting and SMART targets to optimise and improve performance, information processing model, guidance and feedback, mental preparation for performance e.g arousal, inverted U theory, aggression, personality, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  • Socio-cultural influences – effects of gender, race, age, peers, disability affects performance, role models, disposable income, commercialisation, sponsorship and media, technology positive and negative influences on the performer, sport, official, audience and sponsor, etiquette, drugs in sport, spectator behaviour, hooliganism in sport and strategies used to combat hooliganism.
  • Health, fitness and well-being – effect of physical activity on health and well-being, obesity, somatotypes, diet and nutrition, the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle
  • Use of Data.

 Extra Curricular Sport

We have a variety of Extra Curricular Sports clubs and practice sessions running at lunchtimes and after school.   Read more...

 Our Facilities

We have an impressive range of sporting facilities which are well-used by the school and local sports  clubs. These include AstroTurf pitch, a second small AstroTurf area, extensive playing fields (maintained by the school groundsman), tennis courts, a fully equipped and generously sized Gym, a large Sports Hall and an Atrium area available for use. The faculty also has a wide range of sports equipment that is fully used to enhance and enrich the learning opportunities of pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Our facilities are used by local sports clubs such as Cotswold Gym Club, Cirencester Hockey Club, Team Gloster Jets Basketball, Cirencester Table Tennis Club and many more.