Head of PE: Mrs Watson

Key Stage 3

Students are timetabled to take part in three 50 minute lessons of PE per week, where they partake in sports of all kinds. Lessons for both boys and girls include a wide range of sporting activities, from football, rugby, cricket and basketball to dance, netball, gymnastics and orienteering.

We seek to promote lifelong participation for all students, irrespective of their ability, gender or ethnicity. We hope to raise student’s self-esteem not only as a competitive performer but also for their personal development. Students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in sport with St John Payne working closely with the Chelmsford School Sports Partnership. We have been heavily involved in helping run the Superstars Festivals along with the Mini Games.

Our students compete in a variety of competitions; district, country and National. Our recent achievements have included our Year 8 girls holding the title of district basketball champions for the past two years, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Essex Cup competition. Year 8 have remained unbeaten in the district netball competition and are Division 1 winners. Year 7 & 8 boys have both reached the semi-finals of the district competition in basketball for the past two years, along with team successes in a variety of football and rugby games.

Consistently our athletics teams have reached the regional rounds of the English Schools Athletics Track and Field Cup, along with Cross Country, with a number of individual athletes continuing to compete in the English Schools finals in a variety of disciplines.

The Year 7 & 8 boys’ Indoor athletics teams are currently the County Champions and will be looking to maintain their success this year.

Key Stage 4

Students all take part in core PE in Year 10/11 which consists of two 50 minute lessons a week. Students can also opt for GCSE. We are on the exam board AQA. The assessment weighting of this course is 60% theory, 30% practical and 10% coursework. As a result, we provide two 50 minute theory lessons a week, alongside a practical lesson. We ask that students who enrol on the course are taking part in at least one sport outside of school at club level. Sports that can be assessed are shown in the table below. The theory aspect of the course has got a strong weighting on the sciences, and would suit an individual taking double or triple award science.

Key Stage 4

PE Core

Year 10 & 11 students will have 2 lessons of core PE per week.


Year 10 students are also offered GCSE PE which covers a wide range of sports alongside a block of theoretical knowledge delivered in an extra 3 lessons per week.

Year 11 students will continue with their chosen GCSE programme with an extra 3 lessons per week.

ASDAN Sports and Fitness Short Course

The Sports and Fitness Short Course has been designed to accredit a range of sports and fitness activities commonly undertaken by young people, focusing more on active participation than theoretical knowledge.

Students undertake a number of challenges from the following modules:

  • Sports Participation
  • Health, Fitness & Nutrition
  • Researching Sport
  • Sport in The Community
  • Coaching and Officiating
  • The Environment
  • Working In Sport

At the end of the course students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities. This portfolio will contain:

  • Completed Sports and Fitness Short Course book and evidence of challenges completed
  • Planning and reviewing documents
  • Record of progress
  • Summary of achievement, identifying skills development

This course does not demand that learners have natural sporting ability or possess high level skills. It is for any young person who is involved with, or has an interest in, sport and keeping fit and wants to achieve an accredited outcome for their efforts.

There is no external moderation for this programme, instead students’ work is moderated internally and certificates are issued to successful candidates from ASDAN.

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