Arthur Mellows Village College

Delivering learning for life within an aspirational culture


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 weekly bulletin to students.
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.

 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.  

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. 

Key Stage 5

We offer an academic and vocational route in Sixth Form at Key Stage 5.

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, tracksuit bottoms, 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.  
We also offer a specific Gifted and Talented day for our students who are consistently performing well in and out of school.  These days are run by different specialists for strength and conditioning, nutrition and psychology behind our athletes’ success.

Exam Courses 

In Key Stage 4
We offer students a vocational option to study Sport. Throughout the 2 years students will complete an online exam along with 3 units of 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 for Sport and Exercise- studies the components of fitness, methods of training and testing. 
  • Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport – investigates 2 sports and focuses on the use of officials, rules, regulations, scoring systems and performance analysis. 
  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training – applies the previously learnt principles to students own training.
  • Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities - looks at the qualities and skills required to be a successful coach.

In Key Stage 5

Academic Route in PE
We offer an academic linear course, with all of its formal assessments taking place at the end of Year 13.  It involves two theoretical and one practical unit.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
What’s assessed
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society
How it’s assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 
105 marks
35% A-Level
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-Level
Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.
How it's assessed
Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of A-level
Vocation Route in Sport
For the National qualification, our students have always been very successful.  The course 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.  All levels of study will include a mandatory unit in Anatomy and Physiology which is a written 1 hour 30 minute paper. 
The 2 year linear course for the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) in Sport includes the following 4 units: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being, Professional Development in the Sports Industry and Practical Sports Performance.
The 2 year linear course for the Foundation Diplomas (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in Sport includes all previous units with an additional 3 units in: Sports Leadership, Sports Psychology and Application of Fitness Testing.