The PE department is committed to help all students achieve their full potential in Physical Education.  Students are always expected to work hard in lessons and are encouraged to join our extensive extra-curricular programme which is open to all. This timetable is regularly published on the website and throughout the College.

The department is fully staffed with experienced Physical Educationalists, who are always ready and willing to help and support students throughout their time at the College.

If students need to find us we are:



Mrs K Griggs

Acting Head of Sixth Form / Key Stage 5 Coordinator

Mr D Low

Acting Head of PE / Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Ms L McPartlin

Second in Department / Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Mr N Steele

PE Teacher / Head of Year 10

Mr J Moffat

PE Teacher/EPQ Coordinator

Mrs D Wilding

School Sports Coordinator

Mrs C Greenwood

ICT / PE Teacher

Mrs J Burke

Fitness Manager / PE LSA / Coordinator of Kick Start Club 

 We have fantastic facilities at the College which consist of:

New Gymnasium, Sports Hall, Fitness Suite and Aerobics Room, purpose built classroom for exam work, extensive playing fields, 6 netball courts which convert to 8 tennis courts in the Summer.  Due for completion in early 2013 is a full all-weather pitch for hockey and football.

Key Stage 3 Physical Education

Year 7, 8 and 9 students are generally taught in sets within the 2 populations of French and German, based on initial physical tests at the beginning of the year together with any assessment grades. These are regularly monitored throughout the year. Students have 4 x 50 minute lessons a fortnight in Years 7 and 8 and 3 lessons in Year 9.

The groups follow the Key Stage 3 schemes of work covering the following activities:

Year 7 and 8

Autumn and Spring Terms

  • Outwitting through Games, Gymnastics, Health and Fitness

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Swimming, Striking and Fielding Games

Year 9

Autumn and Spring Terms 

  • Netball or Football, Volleyball or Badminton, Table Tennis or Trampolining

Summer Term

  • Athletics, Cricket or Rounders, Tennis

 Key Stage 4

All students continue to have 3 x 50 minute lessons throughout Key Stage 4. We cover the major games, health and fitness, trampolining, table tennis, badminton and summer activities.

Examination PE is traditionally strong in the College and we always have over 80 students choosing to follow an examination course. We offer GCSE (AQA Board) and BTEC (Edexcel Board) and advise students on the best choice for them as individuals.

Key Stage 5

A Level Physical Education is taught through the AQA board exam course and is an extremely successful subject. It involves two units, PHED 1 is the written content and PHED 2 is the practical content for AS and follows the same format in A2. 

We also offer BTEC Sport and Exercise as a 6th Form course.

PE Uniform

Please can parents support their child/children in PE by ensuring that their child has the following kit that is required for each lesson:

  • Green Arthur Mellows Village College PE shirt, available from Chroma Leisure
  • Black shorts, scort or leggings (no other colour please)
  • Trainers, ideally astroturf trainers which can be used indoors or on the new all-weather pitch  (not plimsolls or pumps please, these are not safe for your child to take part in Physical Education at this level)
  • Green sports top (for colder weather available from Chroma Leisure
  • Green socks and shin pads
  • Football boots (boys)

We often contact home through planners so please check your child’s planner on a regular basis for information.

Gifted and Talented

We run many teams and traditionally do extremely well at District and County levels. This ranges from our Year 7 footballers as county champions to our golf team who won the schools games at St Ivo.  Our Year 7 netballers were tournament champions and our indoor athletes were runners up at the county tournament. We sent several athletes to county and regional events and 2 qualified for the All England Championships. We know many of our students who are excellent at their chosen sport from Tae Kwondo to motor cross to horse riding to gymnastics and we like to recognise these talents within school.

Exam Courses 

In Key Stage 4

The PE GCSE uses the AQA examining board, of which 60% of total marks is gained through performance and analysis of performance.  The remaining 40% will be achieved in a written examination. The examination is 1 hour 30 minutes long and includes different written methods such as multiple choice, short answers and scenario questions and is sat at the end of Year 11.

Throughout the 2 years GCSE students will be studying a range of topics about the active performer. This includes a variety of topics including anatomy, physiology, training, individual differences, nutrition, sociology and the history of sport.

Over the 2 years students will be rigorously assessed across a range of sports including: Netball, Football, Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Fitness, Cross Country, Athletics, Rounders, Table Tennis, Trampolining and Cricket. We assess both individual skills and the application of the skills into the sport.

We run the BTEC Level 2 Sport course, which gives students a vocational option to study Sport. Throughout the 2 years students will complete a multiple choice online test and coursework to show their knowledge and understanding. Students study a range of Sport related topics and are assessed in different ways such as presentations, posters, booklets, interviews and articles. All students cover content from four units, they include:-   

  • Unit 1: Fitness testing and training - studies the components of fitness, methods of training and testing. 
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance – investigates 2 sports and focuses on the use of officials, rules, regulations, scoring systems and performance analysis. 
  • Unit 3: The mind and sports performance – looks at topics such as arousal, anxiety, motivation, personality and self confidence
  • Unit 7: Anatomy and Physiology for sports performance - looks at how the body works and is used effectively for sport in relation to the bones, muscles, cardiac and respiratory systems.

In Key Stage 5

A Level PE

A Level Physical Education is taught through the AQA exam board and is an extremely successful subject. It involves two units at AS and a further two units at A2.

AS (Year 12)

PHED 1 – written component worth 60% of the AS grade and 30% of the A2 grade.  Tested with a 2 hour written examination.

PHED 2 – practical assessment of two sports or roles within sport.  Worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the A2 grade.

A2 (Year 13)

PHED3 – 2 hour written examination worth 30% of the A2 grade.

PHED4 – practical assessment of one sport.  Coursework analysing their personal performance in this sport.  Worth 20% of the A2 grade.

BTEC Level 3

For the National qualification, students study BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Exercise Sciences. This develops students’ understanding at a higher level, through different vocational scenarios. Students study a variety of core and optional modules, which allows for greater interest for our students.

Year 12 students develop their understanding of Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of sport and exercise sciences.

  • Unit 1: Anatomy looks at the bones, muscles, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how our body functions for sport. 
  • Unit 2: Physiology investigates how the body changes from initial exercise, through to its recovery. 
  • Unit 3: Psychology explores how the mind works and changes in sport looking at personality, aggression, etc. 

In Year 13 students get to elect which Units they study. Our current cohort has chosen to study coaching, fitness testing and lifestyle factors.