The PE Department prides itself in providing high quality teaching and a stimulating and exciting learning environment, where students are able to develop their physical ability and their knowledge and understanding of issues including health, fitness and sport in the bigger picture.

PE at Townley has an outstanding reputation for not only teaching inside the classroom (or sports hall!) but also for the vast diversity of clubs and extra-curricular opportunities on offer to students, such as; netball, badminton, indoor rowing and basketball at all skill levels.  Whether you’re looking for some fun at lunchtime, to improve your fitness or to train and compete there are opportunities for everyone. Many students compete in recognised sporting events at local and national level, such as the London Youth Games and the upcoming National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships.

Quote: “PE has been an enormous part of my life here at Townley. I’ve done both GCSE and A-Level PE which was a great decision. There are many opportunities provided by the PE department including tournaments and competitions, as well as a huge amount of extra-curricular clubs; I participated in as many as possible because they are so fun and enjoyable. The teachers are really friendly and helpful, and they are very positive – encouraging all to get involved.” 

Libby Wildego, Year 13.

If this sounds exciting to you and you’re happy getting a little muddy every now and then you’ll love PE at Townley!


Staff and Resources

The Head of PE leads a team of four staff and has been teaching at Townley for over 40 years. Her motivation for the subject and students has led to the establishment of the variety of enriching opportunities and annual events that are in place today.

We have 4 other members of staff within the department with extensive industry experience and subject knowledge who combine enthusiasm and professionalism to create the stimulating environment that is the PE Department.

PE facilities on offer include our large sports hall, 2 gymnasiums, outdoor pitches, 400m athletics track, netball courts, tennis courts and javelin, long jump and discuss facilities.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9 Physical Education


At Key Stage 3 Level students have three 50 minute lessons in which they are expected to develop their skills and knowledge of the subject in a range of activities.

Topics Include:



Autumn Term



Spring Term



Summer Term



Year 7



Invasion Games




OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities)









Year 8






Young Leaders Award










Year 9







Invasion Games







Key Stage 4 - GCSE Physical Education


Why study PE at GCSE?


GCSE PE provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Lessons are divided into theory (classroom-based) and practical. Students can choose from a variety of roles in which to participate in physical activity and Townley provides the opportunity to be assessed in a diverse range of exciting sports including lifesaving, orienteering, rock climbing and mountain biking!

GCSE PE is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in related career opportunities.

Assessment Structure:

Component 1:  The human body and movement in physical activity and sport - written paper (30%)

Component 2:  Socio-cultural influences and well being in physical activity and sport - written paper (30%)

Component 3:  Practical performance in physical activity and sport - non examination assessment (40%)



A Level Progression and Related Careers:


You will need a B Grade in GCSE PE to progress to A Level.

Careers: Teaching, Professional Sportsperson, Sports Journalist, Youth Worker, Physiotherapist, Fitness Trainer, Sports Management, Coach, Sports Photographer, Sports Commentator.


Key Stage 5 - A Level Physical Education

Why study PE at A Level?


A-level PE builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach. Many Sixth Form students run clubs for lower years to develop their leadership skills.

The theory content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Course Requirements:


You will need a B grade in GCSE PE and to be competing at a high level in a chosen sport in order to progress to A Level. External students may be invited for an interview before.

Assessment Structure:


The overall grade is made up of 2 Units in Year 12 and 2 Units in Year 13.

We follow the AQA syllabus, based on the following structure:


Unit 1 – PHED1

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

  • 84 marks, worth 60% of the AS-level and 30% of the A-level

  • Written Paper, 2 hours

Two sections:

Section A – six structured questions

Section B – application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation


Unit 2 – PHED2

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s

  • 100 marks, worth 40% of the AS-level and 20% of the A-level
  • Internal assessment with external moderation

Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.


Unit 3 – PHED3

Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.

  • 84 marks, 30% of the A-level

  • 2 hour written examination

Three sections:

Section A – how exercise physiology can optimise performance

Section B – how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance

Section C – contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer


Unit 4 – PHED4

Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

  • 120 marks, worth 20% of the A-level

  • Internal assessment with external moderation

Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.


Related Careers/Alumni Progression:


We very proud to say that in 2014 100% of our PE A-Level students achieved grades A* to C.  

Our students are now pursuing careers in physiotherapy, teaching, sport science and working for national and governing bodies.

A-Level PE imparts many transferrable skills such as excellent organisation, leadership, commitment and teamwork and it is regarded highly by employers.


The department regularly participate in activities, matches and tournaments, here are some of the events that students have the opportunity to get involved in.


  • House Tournaments
  • Local Tournaments
  • National Tournaments
  • Sports Clubs
  • London Youth Games
  • NJIRC (National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships)
  • PGL Trip
  • Jack Petchey
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze to Gold
  • Tree Jumpers
  • Subject Scholars
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