Physical Education

Staff Members

Mr D. Hewins: School Sports Development Manager
Mr Z. Hajat: Head of PE
Mr R. Bailey: Teacher of PE/Head of Colchian House
Mr T. Richards: Teacher of PE/Head of Ladon House
Mr G. Rupal: Teacher of PE/Head of Year 9
Ms E. Mack: Teacher of PE/ Head of PSHE

Aims and Vision of the PE Faculty

At Lancaster the ethos of the Faculty and is “Sport for All and Sport for Life”. It is hoped that through both curricular and extra-curricular sport that all pupils will engage in sports that they enjoy. For this reason enjoyment of the activities is a key aim in what we consider to be a broad and balanced curriculum. We are a faculty that is passionate about encouraging all our students to reach their potential and offer a wide and varied curriculum to allow for this.  We encourage our students to achieve not only academically but also to develop them as leaders, creative thinkers and develop a lifelong passion for physical activity.  Students are given the opportunity to act as leaders which enables them to develop their communication skills, confidence and independence. The five components of PRIDE – Preparedness, Resilience, Integrity, Diversity and Enterprise – are integral part of all our teaching and learning in PE as we strive to prepare them for the future.


  • Sports Hall - 3 Badminton Courts: used for badminton, basketball, handball, sports hall athletics and and many fixtures.
  • Gymnasium - 1 volleyball court size used for gymnastics, fitness, basketball, dodgeball, handball, table tennis and volleyball.
  • Outside facilities - 6 tennis courts, a multi use games area, hard court football goals, 5 outdoor table tennis tables, and 4 basketball hoops/backboards.
  • Field – 2 rugby, 2 football pitches. Baseball, rounders, cricket pitches. 400m athletics track and long jump pit.


Topics Studied in Years 7 and 8 – KS3

At Lancaster we believe that it is important to deliver a curriculum that is broad and balanced which offers opportunities for new skill development. It builds on KS2 learning and competition, covering games, dance and outdoor and adventurous activities.

  • Invasion games: Football, Rugby, Basketball
  • Net and wall games: Badminton, Tennis
  • Striking and Fielding games: Rounders, Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming: at the Aylestone Leisure Centre
  • Fitness activities we teach: Core skills
  • Athletics activities: Sprints, middle distance, long distance, throws (Javelin, shot, discus), Jumps (Long and Triple)
  • GCSE terminology – we pride ourselves on extending students literacy through the teaching of technical terminology required at GCSE level in all core PE lessons. 

Examinations Offered and Topics Studied in years 9, 10 and 11  KS4 

All year 9, 10 and 11 students follow a core PE programme which now includes more competition and theoretical content which teaches the key terms associated with PE. They can also opt to take the new GCSE PE course with the Edexcel exam board. This course is 60% theory and 30% practical where the students will receive practical scores in 3 different sports. One must be an individual sport, one a team sport and the final one from either list in the specification. The final 10% is awarded for an analysis of performance project. 

We also offer the NCFE in Health and Fitness which is a Level 1 and 2 course.

Unit 1 Principles of health and fitness (internally assessed)

Unit 2 Healthy lifestyles (internally assessed)

Unit 3 Preparing for health and fitness (externally assessed)

Unit 4 Develop a personal health and fitness programme (Internally assessed)


Topics Studied in years 9, 10 and 11 – KS4

  • Invasion games: Football, Rugby, Basketball, Handball, Dodgeball
  • Net games: Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Table tennis
  • Striking and Fielding games: Rounders, Softball, Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness activities
  • Athletics activities: Sprints, middle distance, long distance, throws (Javelin, shot, discus), Jumps (High, Long, Triple)
  • Leadership


Trips, Visits and Residential Opportunities 

Rewards trips to watch sporting events or take part in physical activities. – elite performance and performance pathways
Huge number of opportunities to represent school teams in league, cup and one off tournaments at local and national level.
Leadership opportunities allowing students to deliver sessions in our feeder primary schools and to help out at various events during the year.

Over the past few years we have been part of the Sky Sports “Living for Sport” programme with Olympians visiting the school to work with our Gifted and Talented students.

We currently run an annual ski trip in January to France for all years and an outdoor pursuits trip in June for Year 7 and 8 students.

Performance Pathways

To enable our students to compete in sports outside of school we offer a range of programmes that they can participate in after school at Lancaster and then the link with the club gives them the opportunity to join a performance pathway.  We have traditionally had very strong links with Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Leicester Riders Basketball and The Leicestershire County Cricket Club with many notable ex-students playing for all of the clubs at first team level.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We believe that the PE Faculty plays a major role in the provision of activities outside School hours.  All students are encouraged to attend and some clubs run before school from 7.30 whilst others run after school. We also compete against other schools in a wide range of sports.

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Helping Your Child with Homework

Encourage students to attend extracurricular activities.
Ask examination students to show you their homework which will be set weekly on Show My Homework and also via worksheets.

Encourage students to show you the Show My Homework website and complete homework which has been set.

Here are some websites that may help with your child’s homework.

BBC GCSE bitesize has lots of useful revision and self-testing pages for GCSE students

BBC GCSE Bitesize

The BBC sport website helps students learn about current sporting issues
BBC Sport

s-cool provides revision questions and guidance for GCSE PE