Physical Education

The PE department delivers a challenging yet enjoyable curriculum across a wide range of sports.There are also numerous sporting opportunities available after school where students can attend one of the team practices, represent the school in competitive fixtures or attend clubs for enjoyment.

Every year the PE department organises a very popular ski trip to either France or Italy.

Facilities in this area include a large sports hall, dance studio, netball and basketball courts, extensive grass pitches and an all-weather pitch. We share our site with the local leisure centre and our students enjoy priority access to squash courts, the fitness suite and swimming pool in classes as well.


The aim of the department is to ensure as many students as possible participate in and gain enjoyment from Physical Education and Sport, with the hope that students will continue participating in sporting activities after leaving school. The department regularly hold primary sports festivals for a range of different sports such as tag rugby and athletics; as well as giving the opportunity for our students to be sports leaders, these activities ensure our primary schools have access to good facilities and competitions.

One some occasions, a student’s active participation in lessons is limited through illness or injury but they are still expected to participate in learning through either paper based activities or through working in the capacity of coach, official or supporter.


Key Stage 3

All students in Years 7 to 9 receive two hours per week of Physical Education. They follow units of work in the following national curriculum areas: Outwitting Opponents, Accurate Replication, Performing at Maximum Levels, Exercising Safely and Effectively, and Exploring and Communicating Ideas through the following sports: Football, rugby (boys only), netball (girls only), swimming, health-related fitness, gymnastics (girls only), badminton, dance (girls only), handball, orienteering, athletics, basketball, cricket and rounders.


Key Stage 4

All students have one hour of PE in years 10 and11. Students cover the same sports as in Key Stage 3 with the added option of using the fitness suite attached to the leisure centre. We want to emphasise the importance of keeping active and leading healthy lifestyles, therefore participation and effort is our main focus.

Students have the chance to choose BTEC First Award in Sport as one of their GCSE options. It is equivalent to one GCSE. Students cover five units of work over two years, four of these are assignment based and one is an external exam. Grading based on these assignments is categorised as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. This is taught through a mixture of practical sport and theoretical lessons. Results in PE are very good and it is a popular option.

For more information please contact main school reception, or email WHSOffice@westhoughton-high.bolton.sch.uk