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Sport, PE, Health and Fitness


Stockport Grammar School provides exceptional sporting opportunities for every child. We offer a diverse and inclusive programme of activities in which every pupil participates, through our curriculum (below) and extensive co-curricular programme. In addition to being inclusive, we aspire to the highest level of elite performance in our major games: our teams achieve national success and many of our pupils attain representative honours, including international selection.

The activities on offer are designed to be enjoyable and to challenge pupils’ physical abilities. We also aim to provide as many as possible with the opportunity to represent the school.

Cheshire Rugby Champions

National Netball Champions

National Hockey Champions

International selections

Sporting Excellence

Super Active First Years

SGS Sport Inspires

Staff and facilities

In addition to the eight specialist staff, the department is supported by over twenty academic staff and sports coaches who run and coach school teams.

The school benefits from excellent sports facilities, including extensive grassed areas on site and at Dialstone Lane.

The school also boasts a fully equipped gymnasium, two squash courts, a 25m swimming pool, five netball courts (seven tennis courts in summer), one all-weather pitch (eight tennis courts in summer), four artificial cricket nets, and fitness room including a nine station multi-gym.

In addition, the purpose-built sports centre contains a sports hall with climbing wall and extensive changing areas.

Subject time per 10-day cycle

  • First Year – two lessons of gymnasium-based physical education, two lessons of games and one lesson of swimming
  • Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Year – two lessons of physical education and two lessons of games
  • Sixth Form – team players have four games lessons while others participate in recreational sporting activities for two lessons

Activities during lessons

The main winter games for boys are rugby and football and for girls are hockey and netball.

In the summer, boys concentrate on cricket and athletics, whilst the girls focus their attention on tennis, athletics and rounders.

In Second Year games, all pupils will have climbing taster sessions scheduled during the year.

The physical education curriculum is diverse with activities including ball skills, basketball, dance, football, gymnastics, health-related fitness (including fitness testing), hockey, invasion games, racket sports and volleyball.

Sports Science further up the school

Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education

The two year course provides pupils with an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is designed to encourage enjoyment in physical activity by providing opportunities to take part in a range of physical activities and develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. This helps to develop an appreciation of the necessity for sound understanding of the principles, practices and training that underpin improved performance, better health and well-being.

Over the two years pupils will develop:

  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities
  • An ability to plan, perform and evaluate physical activities
  • An understanding of effective and safe performance
  • An understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study
  • An enjoyment of physical activity.

Paper 1: Theory 1 hour 45 minutes

Candidates answer all the questions. 100 marks Externally assessed – 50% of the overall grade.

Topics covered:

  • Skeletal and muscular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Energy supply and the effects of exercise on the body
  • Biomechanics
  • Health and well-being
  • Training
  • Skills and skill acquisition
  • Psychology
  • Social and cultural influences
  • Ethics and other issues.

Component 2: Coursework

Candidates undertake four physical activities from at least two of the seven categories listed – 50% of the overall grade.

Each activity is marked out of 25 marks. The physical activities are:

Category Activity
Games Association Football; Badminton; Baseball, Rounders or Softball; Basketball; Cricket; Golf; Handball; Hockey; Lacrosse; Netball; Rugby; League or Rugby Union; Squash; Table Tennis; Tennis; Volleyball.
Gymnastic Activities Artists Gymnastics (Floor and Vault); or Rhythmic Gymnastics; Individual Figure Skating; Trampolining.
Dance Activities Dance.
Athletic Activities Cross-Country Running; Cycling; Rowing and Sculling; Track and Field Athletics; Weight Training for Fitness.
Outdoor and Adventure Activities Canoeing; Hill Walking and Orienteering; Horse Riding; Mountain Biking; Rock Climbing; Sailing; Skiing or Snowboarding; Windsurfing.
Swimming Competitive Swimming; Water Polo; Life Saving or Personal Survival.
Combat Activities Judo or Taekwondo.

The content of the IGCSE Physical Education course provides a solid platform to study A-level Physical Education in the Sixth Form and to continue into higher education in PE as well as to other related career opportunities.

A-level Physical Education

The two year OCR A-level Physical Education course will increase pupils depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education.

Over the two years pupils will develop:

  • Theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • Understanding of how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • Understanding of the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • Understanding of the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Refine and develop their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • Understanding of how important physical activity is for health and fitness
  • Develop as an independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker with a curious and enquiring mind.

The theory content covers (70%):

  • Physiological factors affecting performance, focuses on developing the learner’s knowledge of the science behind physical activity. This includes the structure and function of key systems in the human body, the forces that act upon us and the adaptations we make to our bodies through diet and training regimes.
  • Psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports. This includes models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities, how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person. It also includes psychological factors affecting group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers.
  • Learners will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence our performance in physical activity and sport. They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways that are suited to that individual’s personality; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activities and sports.
  • Sociological and contemporary issues that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society.
  • The emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain.
  • The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events. The ever-evolving modern technology and its influence on sport performers and spectators will be understood and practical examples will be used by learners to show the effect of modern technology.

Paper 1 (30%) Physiological factors affecting performance
90 marks/2 hour written paper

Topics covered: Applied anatomy and physiology, Exercise physiology and Biomechanics.

Paper 2 (20%) Psychological factors affecting performance
60 marks/1 hour written paper

Topics covered: Skill acquisition and sports psychology.

Paper 3 (20%) Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
60 marks/1 hour written paper

Topics covered: Sport and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Non-exam assessment (NEA – 30%) Performance in physical education
60 marks

Topics covered: Performance or coaching in one sport, Evaluation and Analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI).

The physical activities are:

Activity Restrictions and allowances
Acrobatic Gymnastics
Amateur Boxing
Association Football Can’t be five-a-side
Blind Cricket
BMX Racing only (not trick)
Cross Country Running
Cycling Track or road cycling only
Diving Platform diving
Figure Skating
Gaelic Football
Goal Ball
Gymnastics Floor routines and apparatus only
Hockey Must be field hockey
Ice Hockey
Inline Roller Hockey
Powerchair Football
Rock Climbing Can be indoor or outdoor
Rugby League Can’t be tag rugby
Rugby Union Can be assessed as Sevens or fifteen-a-side. Can’t be tag rugby
Sailing Royal Yachting Association recognised sailing boat classes only. The list can be found here.
Skiing Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor
Snowboarding Must take place on snow, can be indoor or outdoor
Swimming Not synchronised swimming, personal survival or lifesaving
Table Cricket
Table Tennis
Triathlon Sprint only
Water Polo
Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Rugby

This course will prepare pupils for the further study of Physical Education or Sports Science courses as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry. Over the years Stockport Grammar School pupils who studied A-level Physical Education went onto university to study:

  • English
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Forensic Science
  • Paramedic Science
  • Teaching
  • History
  • Nutrition

Please consult the Sixth Form Handbook (pdf) for further information

Co-curricular activities

There is a comprehensive co-curricular programme including:

School teams

The school fields a large number of teams.

Sports represented are girls’ hockey, netball and tennis and boys’ football, rugby, basketball and cricket. Both boys and girls can take part in school teams for cross-country, swimming and athletics.

All of these play on a regular basis (both Saturdays and midweek), and up to 350 pupils represent the school on a Saturday. The school teams have an excellent reputation, gaining success in regional and national competitions. Individuals frequently gain representative honours with both county and national teams.

House sports

The inter-house sports competition has a central role within the school. It incorporates a total of 20 activities, from rugby to chess, and provides a very important level of competitive, representative experience for large numbers of pupils.


Clubs are organised in an increasing number of activities. These include dance, fitness, climbing, basketball, squash, leisure swimming, gymnastics, ultimate frisbee, badminton and kayaking. These activities are not concerned with producing school teams as such, but rather to encourage widespread participation and enjoyment.

School team tours

Recent school sports tours have included:

  • Australia (cricket)
  • Ireland (rugby and cricket)
  • Holland (hockey)
  • Malta (cricket and netball)
  • South Africa (rugby)
  • Canada (rugby)
  • Italy (football)
  • Portugal (rugby)
  • Spain (hockey)
  • Sri Lanka (cricket)
  • Switzerland (netball)

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