We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back to school in September and getting to know our new Year 7 students.
We will send out details of how this will work to all parents before 17th July. If you have any queries in the meantime please use the Contact Form
on the "Contact Us" section of the website or phone the school during normal school hours.

Physical Education

At Saint Aidan's we commit a lot of time, staffing and resources to deliver a high quality product in which all students, whatever their ability, thrive. We provide a wide variety of sporting activities for all ages and abilities. The involvement of pupils in PE - both in the classroom and through the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities - helps boost confidence and self esteem, encouraging teamwork, whilst at the same time developing their physical, mental, social, cultural and moral skills.

We aim to develop every student’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these qualities to perform in a range of activities that promote physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Opportunities are provided for students to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. Perhaps one of our most important tasks at present is to develop positive attitudes towards an active and healthy lifestyle. In PE pupils learn to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities.They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. As well as extensive team practice sessions, there are also lunchtime and after school clubs for extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 programme of study starts with Year 7 focusing on introducing the core skills of each unit of work. Year 8 focuses on skill refinement and placing them into a context. Year 9 works mainly on full context and decision making. Setting in KS3 is done through the introduction of mixed classes in year 7, which then carries on through to year 9. Students will have 1 lesson a week in same gender group and one which is mixed gender according to their ability. Numerous opportunities (both within lesson and extra-curricular) to perform, coach, umpire, lead and score.

The activities that they learn through will include: Gymnastics, Track and Field Athletics, Football, Netball, Handball, Basketball, Rugby Union, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Rounders, Table Tennis and Personal Fitness training.

Key Stage 4

KS4 has a real focus on participation levels, health and fitness and lifelong participation. Units of work are based around full context of the sporting activity being covered and emphasis is placed upon enjoyment and competition. Students follow a programme of a variety of sports and health related activities and are assessed at KS4 according to their effort in classes.

Students studying AQA GCSE PE or OCR Sports Science are assessed using the frameworks set out in both specifications.

AQA GCSE PE is an academic course and is aimed at students who may wish post 16 to go on and do ‘A’ levels in PE or other areas. At the end of the course students will be awarded a grade 1-9 based upon their practical performances and a written examination papers.

OCR Sports Science offers students the opportunity to study key areas of sports science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles. OCR Sports Science uses both internal and external assessments. Students will experience learning in both a practical and classroom setting, with four units of study to be covered.


Department Staff

Mr B MacleodDirector of PE and Vocational Subjects
Mr J ArnfieldAssistant Headteacher, Physical Education Teacher
Mrs H PearsPhysical Education Teacher
Mrs M MorganPhysical Education Teacher
Miss C BoddyPhysical Education Teacher


Jul 01
RT @SaintAidansCEHS: Congratulations to former Saint Aidan's student Harry Rushton. Harry has signed a three-year deal with Australian Rug…
Jun 15
** Have a look at the link below for lots of workouts / resources you could use to exercise at home. They include B… https://t.co/fUyarOW1ao
Jun 03
RT @pe_toolkit: 🚨SOCIAL DISTANCING PE RESOURCES🚨 We will be releasing a resource pack covering Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 on…
May 06
Well done Annabella James for completing the Monopoly work out, great effort!!! https://t.co/kfqah982EM
Apr 14