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In PE lessons at DPA, we encourage our pupils to develop their physical literacy and technical knowledge so that they can become well-rounded sports participants.


Due to the nature of our pupils, many of them have disengaged with physical activity in much the same way as they have done in the more academic subjects. Therefore, the aims of PE here at Derby Pride Academy are to re-introduce pupils to a variety of activities ranging from accessing the school gym to indoor rock climbing. Additionally, pupils can complete recognised qualifications, such as GCSE PE.

The main aims of PE for Derby Pride Academy are:

  • To develop a sound knowledge and understanding of health and fitness;
  • To acquire and develop skills across a range of disciplines;
  • To take ownership of their own health and to make informed choices about their lifestyle.



Pupils will be taught in various ways in order to help them achieve their full potential within the subject. This is due to the majority of the pupils being keener to learn via practical ‘hands-on’ sessions, as opposed to a more written based session during blocks of theory work. Implementing GCSE PE will help pupils appreciate how sport science underpins sport at all levels. They will learn about anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, improving personal fitness through appropriate training and diet, and the role of psychology in improving performance. Pupils will also be taking part in practical lessons, both in the gym and offsite, to further enhance their learning experiences.



Years 10 and 11 study GCSE PE. Year 10 will focus on Paper 1 - The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport. This consists of the following modules; Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis and Physical Training.

Year 11 will concentrate on Paper 2 - Socio-Cultural Influences and Wellbeing in Physical Activity and Sport. This paper focuses on the following topics; Sports Psychology, Socio-Cultural Influences and Health, Fitness and Wellbeing. Additionally, Year 11s will also have to complete the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) and opportunities for revision will also be provided during the course of the year.



Due to the need for pupils to complete the Non-Exam Assessment, late starters in Year 11 will not be required to study GCSE PE. Instead latecomers will have access to core PE in order to provide them with opportunities to improve their overall health and wellbeing similar to that of Key Stage 3. By doing this we hope to prevent new pupils being overwhelmed in their final year of school, ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is fully supported. 

We will review the qualification on offer annually to ensure it meets the needs of our time-limited placements. 

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