Physical Education

  • Our Vision and Values
  • Our Resources
  • Our Team
  • Expectations of Kit
  • Key Stage 3 Information
  • Key Stage 4 Information
  • Key Stage 5 Information

Our Vision

To maintain and stimulate student interest and enjoyment in Physical Education in order to promote lifelong participation in sport and to increase students’ awareness of healthy, active lifestyles.

To inspire all students to become highly motivated individuals, that strive to do their best and be their best in all areas that we cover, sharing our knowledge and expertise with all students in order to develop a positive attitude towards lessons and beyond.

Our Values

  • Every student has something to offer.
  • Every student needs encouragement to shine.
  • Every student has the ability to try and nothing less will be accepted.
  • Effort is valued as highly as overall performance / results / outcomes.

Our Focus

  • To provide a challenging and diverse curriculum designed to encourage independence, develop confidence and promote teamwork.
  • To deliver consistently good to outstanding lessons.
  • To be role models to all students that we teach.
  • To maintain our high standards and expectations of behaviour, level of effort, positive attitude and performance within all lessons.
  • To develop an extra curricular programme that engages as many students as possible.


The PE Department is well resourced for the delivery of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, having a gymnasium, a sports hall, and a dance studio as well as a recently (2012) built state of the art 3G artificial playing surface. Our facilities also include a full size rugby pitch with two small practice pitches, senior and junior football pitches with mini practice areas and four netball / tennis courts.

Our facilities have undergone extensive refurbishment over the past few years. These include the new 3G Astroturf, resurfacing of the netball / tennis courts including floodlights.  Our newly refurbished changing room facilities inside the Pavilion for student and community use which have been completed to a very high standard. The department prides itself on its total commitment to the development of each student in the school both physically and socially. During the summer curriculum delivery, there are numerous rounders pitches, a baseball pitch, an 8 lane 400m track with marked out field events as well as a 75m sprinting area.

Recently we have redeveloped our cricket wicket to an international artificial wicket, which has been used for community events as well as inter-school fixtures.

All of our facilities are available for hiring. Should you wish to find out any more information please contact the school for further details. 

The PE Team

Head of Department – Miss K Swift  

Miss S Burrows

Mr R Lane

Ms C O’Brien

Mr S Puttick

Kit Expectations

Full PE kit must be worn for all PE lessons, clubs and training sessions. Please label all items.

Navy blue polo shirt with EPCS logo Navy blue polo shirt with EPCS logo
Navy blue football shorts (plain) Navy blue football shorts (plain)
Navy blue football socks Navy blue football socks
White sports socks White sports socks
Navy blue rugby shirt with amber reversible stripe with EPCS logo Shin pads (Football and Hockey)
Trainers Trainers
Correct footwear for 3g pitch: Moulded Boots, Blades, Football Studs – NO METAL TIPS/Astro Trainers Correct footwear for 3g pitch: Moulded Boots, Blades, Football Studs – NO METAL TIPS/Astro Trainers
Shin pads (Football and Hockey) Gum shield (Rugby and Hockey)
Gum shield (Rugby and Hockey) Hair tie (one spare)
Towel Towel

Additional Kit (recommended)

  • EPCS Tracksuit.
  • Bag for wet / dirty kit.
  • Change of underwear / spare socks.
  • Thin, non-restricting blue PE t-shirt or blue base layers for wearing underneath rugby tops.

Additional Information

  • No leggings are allowed to be worn during lessons, clubs or fixtures.
  • No jewellery can be worn during any physical activity and must be removed.
  • All hair must be tied up for every lesson (a hair tie is part of the kit).
  • All valuables must be handed in at the start of the lesson. The school will not take any responsibility for the loss or damage to items that are not handed in.
  • No aerosols are allowed in school, roll on only.

*PE – Key Stage 4 GCSE in Physical Education


The Physical Education department runs a GCSE Physical Education (AQA) course.  40% of the course is examined at the end of the course (Year 11) and 60% is assessed through the active participant role and coursework. Students can currently take on the role of a performer, official and coach within the practical elements of the course.

Topics Covered During the Course

  • The participant as an individual
  • Physical and Mental Demands of the Performer
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Diet
  • Health, Fitness and a Healthy Active Lifestyle
  • Training
  • School and Physical Education
  • Cultural and Social Factors
  • Opportunities for further Involvement
  • International Factors

All GCSE students are expected to participate and volunteer to assist with a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs run by the PE Department.  This will provide access to enhanced coaching and performance which will support practical and theory coursework grades.  There will be small costs towards alternative activities to be coached from outside specialists and entrance fees to leisure centres. Parents will be advised via letter when these visits will take place.


AQA GCSE in Physical Education – GCSE

(Units 1 and 2 are for short course students only)

Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins

80 marks – 40%

Exam structure: Multiple choice questions, some structured questions, and extended written answer questions set in response to a pre-released scenario.

Unit 4: The Active Participant

Controlled Assessment – 90 marks – 60%

4 assessments from at least 2 activity groups of thinking: at least 2 as player/participant, at least 1 in a different role – organiser, leader/coach, choreographer or official.

Important Equipment and Resources

Students are expected to equip themselves with a full EPCS PE kit for all lessons, including a whistle.  They will also require an A4 folder, dividers, memory stick, and a pencil case with pens, pencils, coloured pencils, ruler, rubber and sharpener.

Exam Board Website


Below are some websites that will support your child’s attainment and grade.




Ways in which you can support your child’s progress

We expect students to spend about 45 minutes minimum on each piece of homework set which is a minimum of one in every two weeks.

The secret to doing well in exams lies in planning. You can help your child to create a clear revision plan and method of studying that will make them feel in control of their work.

Please see the web address below to support in your child’s revision


Tips for revision planning:

  • Ensure they have a quiet place to work (no phones / music / TV etc.)
  • Work out a revision timetable for each subject.
  • Break revision time into small chunks – hour-long sessions with short breaks at the end of each session often work well
  • Make sure your child has all the essential books and materials.
  • Condense notes onto postcards to act as revision prompts.
  • Buy new stationery, highlighters and pens to make revision more interesting.
  • Go through school notes with your child or listen while they revise a topic.
  • Time your child’s attempts at practice papers

*Those studying GCSE PE in Year 9 will be studying a different specification. This specification has not yet been approved nationally; we will add more detail once this is available.