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 Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. It is vital for all students to study PE so they can develop an understanding of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle which can provide a positive impact on their health and well-being later in life. Studying PE allows students to develop physically, socially and emotionally. They are able to develop skills such as teamwork and cooperation as well as relieving stress and improving their overall fitness levels. The range of activities we cover will allow them to improve their creativity, decision making, leadership and resilience as well as their performance across numerous sports.

Within lessons students will cover a wider range of sports at Oaks Park High School. This is to cater for the interests of all students and ensure every student is able to enjoy PE to the fullest. Oaks Park High School PE department has first-rate facilities that allow students to participate in a wide range of sports. These facilities include:

  • Sports hall with cricket nets, markings for basketball, netball and 4 badminton courts
  • 2 hard court areas for netball and handball
  • Field with football pitches in the winter and a cricket strip and athletics track markings in the summer
  • 9-a-side 4G football pitch
  • Gymnasium
  • Newly refurbished fitness suite
  • 4 trampolines
  • 12 Table Tennis tables

We offer an extensive extracurricular programme, offering clubs at lunchtime and after school for 12 different sports. We also participate in numerous league and cup competitions where students will have the privilege of representing Oaks Park against other schools both inside and outside of the Borough of Redbridge.

Extra-Curricular Timetable


 Students will cover a range of activities throughout year 7 and 8. Below shows an example of the sports that would be done, the order will be different for students so we can fully utilise our facilities and students will be told at the start of each term the order of the activities they will do. 

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

1 - Netball (girls)/Football (boys)

2 - Dance (girls)/Table Tennis (boys)

3 - Fitness

4 - Gymnastics

5 - Basketball/Handball

6 - Athletics - long and short distance running, javelin, discus, shot putt, long jump, high jump

7 - Cricket

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

1 - Trampolining

2 - Football

3 - Fitness

4 - Netball (girls)/Basketball (boys)

5 - Dance (girls)/Table Tennis (boys)

6 - Athletics - long and short distance running, javelin, discus, shot putt, long jump, high jump

7 - Cricket

How will they be assessed?
Students are assessed at the end of each activity block. At the end of each year students are given an overall assessment on their general progress in their

  • Level of motor skill

  • Sporting techniques and skills in specific sports

  • Effective use of skills in game situations

  • Body management skills

  • Creativity and performance in artistic aspects of movement

  • Tactical understanding

  • Understanding and knowledge of sport and physical activity

Students are also tested in their levels of fitness, participating in a set of specific fitness tests 4 times each year.

How can parents support?
Parents can support students by:

  • Ensuring students have correct and appropriate kit for each lesson

  • Encouraging students to join a school physical education extra-curricular club

  • Encouraging students to participate in some form of physical activity out of school time

  • Investigate what opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity in the local area (information can be found on the Redbridge Council Website, or students can gain information from the PE department)

  • Participate in physical activity as a family

  • Encourage students to view sport in the media

  • Discuss with students what they are doing in PE lessons


Exam Board: OCR
The GCSE Physical Education course is made up of 30% practical activities, 10% analysis of performance and 60% written paper (2 exam papers).

The course overview is as follows,

Applied anatomy and physiology 1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE

  • Physical Training

Socio-cultural influences  1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE

  • Sports Psychology
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing

Practical activity assessments

Evaluation and analysis of performance 3 practical activities 40% of overall GCSE

  • 1 individual activit
  • 1 team activity
  • 1 other activity (from a prescribed list)

    Students will also complete a Personal Exercise Programme incorporating a 6-week training schedule. Homework will be set for both theory and practical lessons.

Students will be expected to attend lunchtime and after-school clubs. We also strongly advise students to take part in sporting activities at representative level, for either school or club.
Students will be issued with GCSE textbooks and folders. It is vital to the course that students’ written work is presented well and folders are kept up to date. Loss of the GCSE textbook will result in a charge. Written homework is set weekly and written tests and assessments are set regularly throughout the course.

Further Education routes: BTEC National in Sport; BTEC National in Recreation; AS/A2 Physical Education & Sport; AS/A2 Dance.

Jobs that use GCSE PE:
PE Teacher; Fitness Instructor; Sports Coach; Recreational Manager; Dietician: Physiotherapist; Sports Journalist; Sports Psychologist; Sport and Health Promotion; Armed Services; Police Force; Paramedic: Nursing; Medicine.