Physical Education

Staff Members

Mr Z. Hajat: Head of PE
Mr T. Richards: Teacher of PE/Health, Wellbeing and Fitness
Mr G. Rupal: Teacher of PE/Head of Year 10
Mrs E. Lewis: Teacher of PE/Head of PSHE

Aims and Vision of the PE Faculty

At Lancaster the ethos of the Faculty 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. Our READY values (Respect, Employability, Accountability, Diversity and Young Ambassadors) 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 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. Softball, 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 invasion games, striking & fielding, net & wall games and athletics.

  • Invasion games: Football, Rugby, Basketball, Hockey
  • Net and wall games: Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis
  • Striking and Fielding games: Rounders, Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming: at the Aylestone Leisure Centre
  • Fitness
  • 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 OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies. Four units are studied and assessed through a mixture of internally assessed and externally moderated portfolios of evidence and an externally set and assessed question paper (25% practical coursework, 50% written coursework, 25% theoretical examination). We study the following Units:

  • R051 – Contemporary Issues in Sport (25%) – (Externally assessed Exam)
  • R052 – Developing Sports Skills (25%) – Practical + Coursework
  • R053 – Sports Leadership (25%) – Practical Leadership + Coursework
  • R056 – Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities (25%) – Practical + Coursework

Topics Studied in years 9, 10 and 11 – KS4

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

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 afterschool sessions. We also compete against other schools in a wide range of sports.

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

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