Physical Education

Curriculum Leader: Mr J. Shutt


Our subject has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years. The introduction of post-16 courses has provided our students with the opportunity to study our subject through to leaving when they are 18. Our main focus has been on improving the numbers of pupils taking part in extra-curricular activities and due to this we have seen a vast number of pupils then go onto complete the Sports Leaders Award. This has now enabled our department to help out with primary festivals held onsite and also at our feeder primary schools.

We are very proud of the ethos and work ethic of our pupils in lessons and at external fixtures. They continue to push the boundaries of performance both in lessons and whilst representing school and we as a department have to keep developing just to keep up with the demand for high quality sport that our students expect and enjoy.

Y7, 8 and 9 have two timetabled lessons over the week and follow a traditional curriculum that combines both games and health related fitness topics such as Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Basketball, Dance, Orienteering, Cross Country, Badminton, Hockey, Netball, HRF. Alongside these we have provision for more contemporary sports such as dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee and Australian running. Year 7 is a mixed ability year to allow us time to assess the pupils. Pupils are given a curriculum level at the end of each half termly block of work and these form part of the Pupil profile database which generates an end of year level. In year 8 and 9 we tier our sets, with pupils given guidance from their end of Y7 assessments as to what groups they would feel more comfortable in.

Core P.E. is run through a block of options in the autumn and winter terms. We have the use of the local University sports centre and students walk down over break time in order to be there for the start of the lessons. Options for both Y11 and Y10 include, Football, Basketball, Netball, Rugby, Badminton, Hockey, Table Tennis, 6 a side football, Dance and Fitness. In the summer term, it is less structured with pupils opting for different sports every week to allow for changes in the weather. However, there is a highly structured extra-curricular programme which our KS4 pupils take part in.


Pupils can opt for GCSE P.E. and historically we have always had a large cohort of pupils in both year groups gaining some excellent results. We follow the Edexcel course which is made up of theory work (40%) and coursework unit (60%). Results are consistently outstanding with expectations of students’ progress and achievement high.

Exam board specification

Our post 16 learners follow the BTEC Level 3 in Sport. The EDEXCEL course is a part-examined certificate with students undertaking vocational based coursework assignments that are set in and around the world of work. This allows for a greater understanding of sport and exercise in a context that they can relate to. Students work through the a number of units over the 2 year course and study areas of sport that include, physiology, fitness and fitness testing, psychology of sport and practical team or individual sports.


The P.E. department is a lively and dynamic department with fresh ideas and vibrant staff, providing our pupils with outstanding provision at all key stages. We are committed to an extensive extra – curricular programme across a very wide variety of sports fully supported by all the department and other members of staff. We pride ourselves on being a very inclusive department where everyone is welcome to join in the practice sessions at lunchtime and sometimes after school. Over recent years we have dominated the football, basketball, cricket, hockey and netball competitions within the city of York.

Alongside our extensive extra-curricular programme we run a number of trips during the year. Pupils get the opportunity to watch live sporting events such as the champions league, 20/20 cricket at Yorkshire as well as to participate in residential activity weekends. We also run a water sports trip to the South of France every June which is the highlight of the summer calendar as well as our annual visit to Villa Real football club in Spain where our pupils get the opportunity to be coached by their team of excellent coaches.

We are proud of the P.E. department here at Fulford and are always looking to enhance our provision and experience for our learners.

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Ava Patchesa’s Interview

Q1: when did you start playing basketball?
Answer: 9 years ago!

Q2: what are your favourite things about basketball?
Answer: I love how you play with your friends and have fun.

Q3: how long have you been on the North Yorkshire U13 girls basketball team and the national girls basketball team.
Answer: two years in the Yorkshire team and one year nationally.

Q4: what is the difference between the two teams? Do you play the same position in both teams or does this vary?
Answer: North Yorkshire is everyone in York and Harrogate, Yorkshire is everybody in Yorkshire. I play guard in both teams.

Q5: do you have any particular playing strategies?
Answer: not really, we try to work as a team.

Q6: how many times do you train during the week? Where do you train?
Answer: 20 minutes at home per day and four times a week in York and Leeds.

Q7.: How does it feel to play at national and county standard?
Answer: Really good! Last year I was one of the youngest in both teams and was really nervous, this year I’m taking on more of a leadership role in the teams.

Q8: How did it feel to compete against Scotland and finish 6th overall in the national championships?
Answer: Good! It was really good experience, but it was really hard!

Q9: What other hobbies do you have apart from playing Basketball?
Answer: Playing football, not much though!

Q10: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Answer: Coaching Basketball or playing for England.