Physical Education Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mr M Davidson the Curriculum Leader of Physical Education or Mrs D Lupton the Curriculum Leader Girls PE.

  • Mr M Davidson - Curriculum Leader of Physical Education
  • Mrs D Lupton - Curriculum Leader for Girls PE
  • Mrs S Coburn (Head of Cuerden)
  • Mr A Holland (Head of Clayton, Assistant Headteacher: Pupil Premium/Closing the Gap)
  • Mrs B Jackson
  • Mr J O'Neill - Sport Technician

Year 11 PE Revision Materials

30 Day GCSE Physical Education Challenge

30 Day Answers

GCSE Revision Topics

Sport Clubs - What's On

Please have a look at the Clubs web page for details of what sporting activities are available during lunch times and after school.

Sports News

You can keep up-to-date with all of Balshaw's sports news here.

Physical Education Department Mission Statement

The department of Physical Education endeavours to develop skills, knowledge, concepts and positive attitudes in all students that involve them in planning, performing and evaluating. These, together with an understanding of safe practice and the benefits of regular physical exercise in enhancing their future lifestyle will be achieved by involving all students in appropriate, well-planned and enjoyable lessons that incorporate a variety of teaching and learning styles. We aim to include all and for each individual to realise their full potential.


Physical Education develops students competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality Physical Education curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions.


During Key Stage 3 students participate in a variety of activities including: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Fitness, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Leadership, Netball, Rugby, Striking and Fielding, Table Tennis, Team Building. Year 7 students have 4 x 1 hour lessons and Year 8 have 3 x 1 hour lessons.

At Key Stage 4 all students continue with core PE which again is 2 x 1 hour lessons over a two week period. Students can opt to study GCSE Physical Education or Cambridge National in Sports Science. During these qualifications, students study a range of topics such as Diet, Injury, The Skeletal and Muscular System and Sponsorship in Sport. GCSE PE and Sports Science students have 5 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight as well as their normal core PE lessons.


Content overview

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

There are two topics:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Physical training

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.

There are three topics:

  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Sports psychology
  • Health,fitness and well-being

Component 03: Performance in physical education

Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.

OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science

Content overview


For both the Award and the Certificate there are two mandatory units:

R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

R042: Applying principles of training

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.


For the Certificate there are a further four optional units. Students select two from the following:

R043: The body’s response to physical activity

Students explore how the body changes and responds to physical activity. They develop knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and some of the changes that occur in response to physical activity, both short term and long term.

R044: Sport psychology

Students look at some of the key elements of sport psychology and the strategies and techniques used to help sports performers maintain an effective balance between being relaxed and focused when performing under pressure.

R045: Sports nutrition

Students explore the role that diet plays in different sports and activities and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities. They use the knowledge they gain to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.

R046: Technology in sport

Students consider how various technologies are used in sport to enhance performance and the experience of sport both for performers and for spectators, as well as the career opportunities that the use of technology presents. They also explore arguments both for and against the increasing use of technology in sport.

Sports Facilities

We have the following superb facilities at Balshaw's:

  • Full size floodlit 3G astro-turf all weather pitch
  • Large fitness suite containing multiple CV machines and weights machines
  • Large fully equipped dance studio
  • Gym area
  • 3 x netball courts
  • 3 x tennis courts
  • Extensive playing fields

Sport at Balshaws

Related News

16 March 2020

2020 English Schools' Cross Country Championships

Year 9 student, Jenson Warren, competed for Lancashire Schools at the English Schools' Cross Country Championships which were held at Sefton Park in Liverpool on Saturday 14th March.

9 March 2020

Great Gymnastics!

Well done to our gymnastics team who competed in the South Ribble Floor and Vault Championships on Thursday 5th March.