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Physical Education

Department Philosophy - "Working together to achieve our sporting potential."

The philosophy that guides PE has been developed through school policies of SEAL, Inclusion, Every Child Matters, TEEP, and respect for all.

Upton PE's 5C ethos:

  • Cooperation
  • Consideration
  • Control
  • Commitment
  • Confidence

Participation, a positive attitude & effort is our basic expectation. Through the application of the 5Cs it is hoped pupils and staff will work together to achieve success.

Cooperation - greater things can be achieved working together.
Consideration - respect & consider others in your lesson, around school & in our community.
Control - your behaviour so it doesn't affect others learning, and your performance to maximise success.
Commitment - to learning in your lessons (& from your mistakes) & to competing in activities.
Confidence - perform without fear; develop the belief in yourself to succeed.

Staff - members of the PE department, their responsibilities and specialisms.

  • Mr P. Medland - Subject Leader, Coordinator of A Level PE
  • Miss N. Szehofner - Head of Girls PE
  • Miss S. Downs - Coordinator of Performing Arts Dance
  • Mrs J. Lynch - Coordinator of GCSE PE
  • Mr B. Hooley - Coordinator of Key Stages 3 & 4
  • Mr S. Wearden - Head of Year 11

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Sporting Philosophies

Methods and styles of play have been developed over the years that compliment and suit the Upton pupils and create successful participation at all levels. These guide how PE is delivered in lessons, played at clubs and ultimately dictate how our school teams play.

Competition, social interaction and leadership development
It is a belief at Upton that competition is a valuable learning tool for all round personal development. It aids the development of many emotional aspects as well as the physical and tactical elements of the performance. Teamwork and social interaction are encouraged and enhanced. Leadership roles are also developed through lesson group work and extra curricular clubs involvement. These aspects are encouraged through periodic tournaments within the curriculum, and through extensive competition opportunities through the inter school fixture list for all year groups.

Extra Curricular

Clubs and competitions run throughout the year for both boys and girls. All provide equal opportunity for all pupils to get involved. Click here for the current timetable in our Students area.


We follow the AQA GCSE PE course here at Upton, which we believe provides students with accurate and relevant knowledge and understanding of factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity. It also compliments the teaching and learning at A level. 

The course provides pupils with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their abilities in practical activities as well as the chance to analyse and evaluate performance (40%) The theoretical content is up-to-date and engaging for the pupils and covers a range of topics from the human body to socio-cultural influences and well-being in sport (60%).

Assessment is conducted by two evenly balanced exam papers and of progressive skills in practical activities.

A Level

The OCR A Level course has been run very successfully now for 10 years. In this time, A-C pass rates have been consistently at or above national averages. The course involves both practical and theory assessment (30 & 70% respectively).

Students are required to demonstrate their higher understanding and performance in two sports and display the ability to analyse athletes in the context of their performance and environment. The theory focuses on 3 subject areas each year (sociology, psychology & physiology) and covers a wide range of topics within each. Examples of subjects covered include contemporary issues in sport, the historical development of sports, how skill is acquired, the psychological understanding of performer behaviour, anatomy of the body, energy systems, and, designing and implementing training programmes.

Assessment is done through final written exams, practical performance assessments and oral theory assessments.