Sports & Physical Education

Success for all

Mr A Taylor

Head of Sport and Physical Education

Sport at Honiton Community College

Physical Education is vital in maintaining student’s health, fitness and well-being. Sport and PE is used to improve mental health and well-being for all our students. Our Sports Academy and PE Highly Able Programme provides opportunities for our elite athletes to excel in their field. The purpose of the PE curriculum and enrichment programme is to provide opportunity for high quality teaching and learning; improving students knowledge and ensuring lifelong participation and enjoyment in sport, physical activity and fitness.

Underpinning the curriculum design is the College mission statement “Success for All”. Our curriculum is inclusive for all abilities, supporting students with potential to become elite athletes and support more reluctant students in finding a sport and/or activity they can commit to and enjoy.

Key Stages and Curriculum Maps

We are committed to equality and diversity and continue to work towards a fully inclusive curriculum.

In Key Stage 3 we expose students to a broad and balanced curriculum which provides them with the opportunity to master fundamental skills which underpin sports performance across a wide range of sporting contexts:

  • Learn about Healthy, Active lifestyles and Well-Being
  • Developing our Physical and Mental Capacity
  • Making and Applying Decisions
  • Developing Skills in Physical Activity
  • Evaluating and Improving

In lesson time and within our extensive enrichment programme.

Within Key Stage 4 we provide students with the opportunity to study a greater depth of knowledge within the subject via GCSE Physical Education. Across both key stages, knowledge is sequenced coherently via our SOL. Students receive 2-hours per week of Core PE in Key Stage 4 building upon and extending the work covered in Key Stage 3 with opportunities to participate in a range of sports, develop their fitness and sports leadership – encouraging life-long participation and learning about healthy, active lifestyles and well-being.

At Sixth Form we offer both A level Physical Education and Level 3 BTEC Sport for students who wish to develop their subject knowledge further in preparation for further study at university, an apprenticeship or employment.

Sixth Form: A-Level PE / Sport Science (EdExcel)

This course will give you an opportunity to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding through practical application.
  • Encourage a holistic understanding of PE.
  • Nurture skills of knowledge for progression to further study.

You will study 4 key areas:

Component 1

Scientific principles of PE (applied anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology, applied movement analysis) - 40%, 2.5hour exam, 140 marks.

Component 2

Psychological and social principles of PE (skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society) - 30%, 2hour exam, 100 marks.

Component 3

Practical Performances (skills as a player/performer or coach in 1 sport) - 15%, 40 marks.

Component 4

Performance analysis and personal development programme (PDP) - 15%, 40 marks.

Exam Board Specification

Sixth Form: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (Pearson) Exam Board Specification

This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

You will study 4 key areas:

  • Anatomy & physiology of sport (mandatory exam)
  • Fitness training & programming for health, sport & well-being (mandatory synoptic)
  • Professional development in the sports industry (internally assessed)
  • Sports leadership (internally assessed)

Exam Board Specification

Assessment is by examination and coursework.

Sports Leadership

All students are offered the opportunity to get involved in some Sports Leadership.

In today's highly competitive job market, how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you gain the necessary skills and experiences which lead to employability?

Through volunteering at primary festivals, inter-tutor competitions, extra-curricular clubs and local sports clubs.


  • Increased experience
  • Increased confidence
  • Develop communication skills
  • Develop a sense of responsibility
  • Open a door to a possible career
  • Develop skills working with young people
  • Improve knowledge of sports
  • Improve employability

Who else benefits?

  • Primary schools and their pupils
  • The PE department
  • Our College
  • Local Sports clubs

Sports Academy - Striving for Excellence

The Sports Academy has been set up to provide our young athletes with extra input above and beyond what they would receive from the core PE and enrichment programme that every student has access to. Student’s apply at the end of Year 9 and applications are judged on a number of criteria including; attitude towards all learning but especially physical education, attendance to clubs available on the enrichment programme, suitability based on the sport/activity they take part in and of course their ability. Provision is broken down in to three tiers which are explained below.

Level One Provision
  • Invitation to attend Sports Academy sessions in selected sports.
  • Conditioning and training advice
  • Access to some of the Sports Academy/ PE Highly Able workshops
  • Meetings with the Sports Academy Co-ordinator to discuss progress
  • Free item of Sports Academy kit
Level Two Provision
  • Invitation to attend Sports Academy sessions in selected sports
  • The option to purchase Sports Academy kit through the College website
  • Access to some of the Sports Academy/ PE Highly Able workshops
Level Three Provision
  • Invitation to attend Sports Academy sessions in selected sports
  • The option to purchase Sports Academy kit through the College website


If your child has been selected to be part of the Sports Academy, you may wish to purchase them some Sports Academy kit (please note – this is not compulsory). Should you wish to purchase any kit, please follow the link below which has images of the kit available and information on how to place an order.
Sports Academy Kit Order Form
Honiton Sport & PE Commitment Decathlon

Check it Out! Match Reports and Sports Day Records


Check it Out! Highly Able PE Reading List


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