Devizes School Learning & Education

PE & Health

Miss A A Beck PE & Health Head of Faculty
Mrs N B Strickland PE & Health Deputy Head of Faculty (P/T Head of Faculty)

The national curriculum is made up of a number of subjects, each of which is split into separate topics.

Introduction to Faculty

This Faculty covers all aspects of physical, mental, moral and social health. It encompasses the subjects of PE, PSHEe (personal, social, health and economic education), Health and Social Care (KS5) and Child Development (KS4).

Our vision is to Inspire, Learn and Grow

The Faculty aims

  • to develop confidence, motivation and the desire to become physically and socially competent.
  • to understand and value others and take responsibility for maintaining a purposeful healthy life.
  • to create physically literate and healthy students

There are 8 PE teachers, 2 health and social care teachers and 2 child development teachers. All teachers contribute to the teaching of PSHE. The Faculty also includes the Mid Wilts School Games Organiser, Paul Wickens, who arranges a host of competitions and sporting activities for primary and secondary school students across Wiltshire.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

We pride ourselves on a wide ranging offer of lunchtime and after school activities for students to participate in which we hope will help them develop as well, rounded healthy young people. More details can be found in the extra curricular section. These clubs are available to all students and create a safe and positive environment to help students reach their potential. The clubs are run by staff volunteers and outside specialist coaches.

Students are provided with the opportunity to apply for the prestigious role of Sports Ambassador who's roles include to run intra school competitions, to support or lead lunchtime clubs and to help inspire and influence other students.

For our most able students who are performing at county standard or above we offer the opportunity to become part of the Devizes School Sports Academy. The students in the academy will be assigned a mentor, attend a number of workshops throughout the year and be provided with the chance to visit elite sports facilities such as Bath University. The academies aim is to support these high performing students to help them achieve their short, medium and long term goals.

We host our annual PE & Health Faculty Awards Evening, a formal event which celebrates the achievement of our students.


Miss A Beck PE Subject Leader

Physical Education and school sport is at the heart of Devizes School life. We aim to provide all students with a positive experience and a wealth of opportunities in both physical education and sport.

Key Stage 3

In KS3, students will develop a love for learning and enjoyment in physical activity throughout our curriculum. Our students go into KS4 with the skills and behaviour that will equip them to study PE courses and continue to enjoy being physically active within their core PE lessons.

All year 7 and 8 students receive 150 minutes of PE a week and in Year 9. 125 minutes a week. During KS3 students will receive lessons in a variety of activity areas and lessons are for the majority delivered in single sex groups. We provide our students with a varied curriculum, a regular part of the KS3 programme is the intra-school competitions offered through house teams including: Rugby (Girls and Boys), Netball, Swimming, Football, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders. Our students are enthusiastic about trying new activities, our curriculum provides the opportunities they wouldn’t necessarily have experienced at primary school, these include; Badminton, Trampolining, Softball, Squash, Table Tennis and Basketball.

KS3 Assessment

We feel it’s essential to not only monitor and asses’ student’s physical capabilities but also, their growth mindset. Students are given opportunities to develop their confidence and leadership skills. We provide support for them to complete tasks independently and overcome challenges to make meaningful progress. Our exceptional relationship with the primary schools through our DSSN network means we know our students well before year 7 and can continue to challenge their ability in KS3.

Every year the school achieves the prestigious School Games Mark which is a government led award for the schools commitment to developing competition across the school and our community.

Key Stage 4

Core PE – In Year 10 and 11 all students receive 100 minutes of PE a week. The sort of activities they can choose include; basketball, bowls, fitness, cross country, tennis, softball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, rocketball, golf, water polo, squash, table tennis, trampolining, volleyball, badminton and dance. The aim of these lessons is to inspire the students into life-long activity by trying new sports and developing their skills. Students also have an opportunity to complete accredited courses in Sport and Dance Leadership.

Students can also opt into examination courses in PE which include GCSE PE and Cambridge National in Sport Science. Results are outstanding in these courses and provide students an excellent platform for higher level study of sport or considering a career in sport, PE or the leisure industry.

GCSE PE – a highly successful course and as part of the options process students can choose to complete a GCSE in PE, with 40% practical where the best 3 sports of each student are assessed (of which there needs to be a combination of individual and games related sports), and 60% theory with an exam at the end of Year 11.

Cambridge National in Sport Science – this is a vocationally related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning. It provides students with a broad knowledge of different aspects of sports science including sports psychology and nutrition and equips students with practical skills such as designing a training programme.

KS4 Options — Personalised Pathway 2019-20 Download

Key Stage 5

Core PE – most sixth form students can access a double lesson per week of physical activity. They opt weekly for activities such as; basketball, bowls, fitness, cross country, tennis, softball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, rocketball, golf, water polo, squash, table tennis, trampolining, volleyball, badminton and zumba.

A-level PE – a highly successful course that covers anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports psychology, sport and society and practical sports. 70% theory and 30% practical.

Cambridge Technicals – a vocational course, with equivalent UCAS points to a-levels, is a project based course that can be offered as either a double or single award. Types of topics covered include; anatomy and physiology, sports coaching, nutrition in sport and current issues in sport.

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Devizes School Sports Network (DSSN)

The Devizes School Sports Network is a programme that collaborates Devizes School and the surrounding primary schools in the area. The programme was introduced in 2013 in response to the PE & Sport Premium for primary schools and has continued to develop and grow. The Devizes School Sports Network aims to support the delivery of, and provide new opportunities for young people to take part in high quality Physical Education and School Sport. We aim to support primary schools in delivering high quality physical education and school sport by sharing best practice and expertise, increasing the sporting offer and support the delivery of high quality, innovative and engaging physical education lessons.

Our three main objectives are to;

  • Collaborate – Sharing knowledge, expertise and best practice across the network.
  • Innovate – Developing educational solutions that are engaging and challenging that support the delivery of high quality PE & School Sport.
  • Inspire – Aspiring to create an enthused and motivated sporting school community.

Primary schools are able to choose which areas of the DSSN programme they engage with;

  • Specialised Outreach training with highly qualified PE teachers
  • Swimming lessons
  • PE & Health Champion
  • School Games Competition support & training
  • Festivals & competitions outside the school games network
  • Leadership training
  • Resources

Devizes Schools’ Sport Network is a not for profit initiative, with all money accrued being invested in the network programmes and activities and primary schools within the network.


Mrs N Strickland Health Subject Leader

Key Stage 3


During Key Stage 3 PSHEe students are encouraged to explore lots of topics that continue to develop throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. The schemes of work develop their awareness of the world around them, perhaps challenging some of the existing ideas and inform them about the decisions and responsibilities they will face in life. During Key Stage 3 students look at Sex and Relationships, Sexual Exploitation, Mental Health, Careers, Finance, Personal Safety and Health. In a trusting environment, students develop their analytical skills, their ability to listen and accept the views of others and their debating skills. Students see a specialist teacher once a fortnight for these lessons. Outside speakers such as the local police are used to clarify issues of 'sexting' and keeping safe on line.

Key Stage 4


Students continue to look at the topics introduced at Key Stage 3, but specific issues are investigated. Teachers help to develop a better understanding of health choices, a more in depth focus on Mental Health and Smoking and Alcohol. Specific issues with body image and parenting are also addressed.

At the start of Year 11 support is given with completing application forms and working towards moving on to their next steps. They will also work with outside groups where appropriate.

KS4 Options — Personalised Pathway 2019-20 Download

GCSE Child Development OCR

  • Exam Board: OCR
  • Specification Code: J441
  • Qualification: GCSE
  • Exam: 40%
  • Coursework: 60%

Course Content

The course has been divided under the following headings. You will learn about:

  • Family and Parenting
  • Preparation for pregnancy and birth
  • Physical development
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Intellectual, Social and emotional development
  • Community support

The course encourages an understanding of the overall needs of young children, and the social and environmental influences which affect their development in a contemporary changing and multi-cultural society. You will need to show how to manage resources in order to meet the needs of young children.

Who should choose this course?

This course is ideal for students who have a genuine interest in children. The requirements for this qualification mean that students have to complete 60% of their work as Controlled Assessment, therefore students need to be organised, keep to deadlines and be focused during lessons. It is compulsory that you have a child aged 5 or under to complete your Child Study on. Without a child, you will be unable to access marks and therefore this piece of Controlled Assessment will be incomplete. Students will also have to sit an exam at the end of Year 11, which contributes 40% of the overall grade.


The course is particularly suitable for anybody hoping to proceed to courses in Health and Social Care or to Child Care (Nanny etc.) This could lead to further studies at University or College in a range of fields of leading to careers as a:

Playgroup leader, Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Teacher, Educational Psychologist, Children’s Nurse and Speech Therapist

A Level Health and Social Care

Single and Double Award OCR

A highly successful course that combines exam unit and portfolio units. It covers all areas of Health and Social Care, including Early Years, Health Promotion, Communication and Mental Health. During the Year 12 work students go out on a work placement where they can experience what it is like working in a Health or Social Care setting. Students have five lessons a week, where they complete a mixture of written assessments and classroom based activities.


During Sixth Form Enrichment time students have PSHEe topics delivered to them throughout different times of the year. The sessions are usually 2 lessons long and we encourage outside speakers to come and engage the students. Recent topics have included Sexual Health, where our School Nurse has provided help and guidance. Other sessions include Careers choices and Body Image.

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