Curriculum Intent

The Physical Education department is committed to providing engaging and challenging lessons inclusively for all students of all physical abilities within the school.  The department provides a wide range of physical activities (individual and team)  within the curriculum, and a number of enrichment activities as part of the extra curricular provision. Our aim is to develop students' physical health and well-being and foster long lasting healthy lifestyle choices. 

Curriculum Features

  • We believe people find their own meanings in forms of movement; we seek to guide the exploration of both positive and negative meanings through multiple perspectives.
  • We believe in creating meaningful experiences within Physical Education; we intentionally look to prioritise the interplay of fun, social interactions, challenge, motor competence and personally relevant learning.
  • We believe that fun is an essential part of creating meaningful experiences; we plan for fun by understanding our students’ personal culture and community values yet resist the urge to prioritise fun at the expense of other meaningful guiding principles
  • We believe that positive social interactions are at the heart of meaningful movement experiences in PE; we seek to carefully consider the way we organise opportunities for social interactions between pupils and with pupils and teachers.
  • We believe that appropriate challenge leads to enjoyment and continued motivation; we provide experiences that place an emphasis on the challenge inherent in the process of completing the task in both the short and the long term.
  • We believe that acquiring and refining motor competence is one of the best ways to develop students’ confidence; we take a holistic approach to competence and resist the urge to solve physical problems with only physical solutions.
  • We believe that meaningful movement is an important part of a good life; we explicitly create opportunities for students to develop their own image of a good life and how movement might contribute to that and resist the urge to assume that what is important for us is important for them.

Co-curriculum Enrichment

The Physical Education department offers extracurricular activities 4 days a week, ranging from invasion games, hockey, rugby, football, to netwall games, Tennis, Badminton, table tennis and basketball. Individual activity provision in trampolining and boxing has increased significantly with the department investing in training and equipment to broaden provision for these physical activities.

  • School Orienteering course set up (Geography / Maths)
  • Sports Leaders Course (Primary festivals / Sports)
  • Boys/Girls Active Courses
  • Link with Manchester United Foundation 
  • Trips to Manchester United games (midweek)
  • Representations at borough and county level sports
  • School participation in fixtures, tournaments including Greater Manchester representations in Athletics, Badminton and Football. 


The Physical Education department at Werneth is experienced, enthusiastic and innovative. PE is delivered at Werneth School by seven teachers.

The PE team has worked together over a number of years and provides a competitive, challenging but fun environment to flourish in

Year 7 / 8 / 9

Students study PE 3/4 times a week in year 7-8. Alongside Dance this meets the government guidelines of 2 hours of quality PE each week. During this time, termly units of work are completed. These units contain lesson plans and resources which are digitally shared with all staff and these resources are then differentiated in accordance with individual class or student requirements. The delivery of content, by staff, is based around the school’s Teaching and Learning emphasis of Co-operative Learning using a wide range of teaching and learning philosophy.

The primary focus for Key Stage 3 students is to develop their basic skills developed at primary school and begin to establish them in game and sport situations. They will take part in a broad and balanced curriculum which involves the following areas; net/wall games such as badminton an tennis, invasion games such as netball and football, striking and fielding games such as rounders and cricket as well as offering experiences to develop and extend fitness capabilities in athletics, cross country and orienteering. Students are encouraged to attend after school clubs and to extend their skills playing against local schools. We also aim to develop leadership skills within lessons and students are encouraged to work on this area in lessons by leading warm ups and umpiring games. In year 9 students have 3 lessons a fortnight, they continue to follow the national curriculum with a greater emphasis on game play, leadership and fitness.

Year 9 - 11

At Werneth School students opting for GCSE PE study the AQA board.  Staff are well experienced in the delivery of this syllabus and two of the PE team mark exams giving greater insight into what students need to do to get the best grades available. Students taking GCSE PE receive 3 theory lessons and 5 practical lessons over a fortnight. These lessons allow us to prepare students for both their practical and theory exam as we have to video performances and cover a wide range of topics on the exam syllabus. Students will sit two written exams and will need to be able to answer extended essay type questions as well as multiple choice and short recall style questions.

For those students not selecting PE at Key Stage 4 they will have 3 lessons per fortnight. The focus of these lessons is to develop skills across a wide range of sports but also to promote long lasting exercise habits that will enable students to leave Werneth with good knowledge of how exercise can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To support this we have use of the local gym and swimming pool to use in PE lessons but we also use our fantastic links with our local primary schools to give students the opportunity to improve their leadership skills by taking lessons with younger students


The PE department is at the heart of the schools enrichment programme. We offer a full and varied extra-curricular programme both at lunch and after school. This timetable can be seen on the school website and is published in forms. Students are encouraged by PE staff to attend at least one after school club a week. Some clubs lead to selection for competitive school teams such as football and netball and some a based on a recreational and skill development ethos such as badminton and table tennis.

The department takes part in a large number of Stockport borough competitions from cross country to football and badminton. We have a number of students who have been extremely successful at Stockport level and have been selected for the county team.

Please e mail PE teachers if you would like any further information or look on the school website for key dates of fixtures and tournaments.

Any enquiries about Physical Education can be made by emailing the address below...