Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Physical Education

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)
  • Mrs B Jackson
  • Mr J O'Neill - Apprentice

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 & 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.

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