Physical Education


The aim of the PE team builds on the whole school ethos by enabling students to:

Belong as part of a team

Believe in their potential

Become the best they can be.


“The PE team at Shenley Brook End School aims to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that allows all students to achieve beyond their expectations. To offer excellent opportunities to develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity and to develop a first class teaching and learning environment where both staff and students enjoy working hard together to achieve success”

Students will experience a variety of opportunities and experiences that support this vision, challenging them both inside and outside the classroom. They will focus on improving their fitness, health and well-being through knowledge and application. Leadership skills take a strong emphasis throughout the key stages, with students able to take on additional roles than just a performer. They can complement this by experiencing a robust programme of awards, qualifications and memorable learning experiences. Students will develop physical, technical and tactical sporting skills; enhanced by an embedded focus on mental skills such as resilience, determination and confidence. We aim to ensure all students leave the school possessing the skills, motivation and knowledge to enjoy a lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity.  We trust that our broad and innovative PE curriculum will allow students to develop their love of movement and sport well beyond their time with us.

The Team/Facilities

The Physical Education team enjoys extensive facilities outlined below:

  • Full size sports hall with cricket nets, bowling machine, trampolines, volleyball, tennis, football, badminton, table tennis, basketball and netball facilities
  • Secondary sports hall with badminton, basketball and multi-sport facilities
  • Floodlit astro-turf football pitch
  • Sprung wood floor gymnasium
  • Hard surface area for netball, football, tennis and basketball
  • Extensive playing fields for rugby and football in the winter, which are then devoted to cricket, athletics, softball and rounders in the summer
  • Outside grass wicket.
  • State of the art fitness suite - cardiovascular machines and resistance equipment

The PE team comprises of eight full-time and one part-time specialist teachers who are supported by a full-time curriculum team support assistant. In addition to this, external coaches are utilised to enhance the extra-curricular provision available to the students.

Key Stage 3

All students follow a single gender core curriculum which is differentiated from the start to cater for the needs of all students.  The aim of this is to ensure that students are provided with positive, memorable experiences regardless of thier motivations or personalities.  Sports covered include: badminton, football, rugby, netball, tennis, table tennis, handball, volleyball, basketball, athletics, rounders, cricket, fitness, dodgeball and outdoor education.

In Year 7 students are assessed on their levels of physical literacy; specifically the motivation, confidence and physical competence they possess in relation to sport and physical activity.  After the first term students are assessed and grouped by ability across the two halves of the year. One mixed gender group will devote their time to reinforcing the fundamental movement skills, gameplay and cooperative learning to ensure they are physically literate for the future. The other 4 groups will be single gender sets who will progress through the concepts of outwitting opponents, accurate replication, exercising safely and effectively, performing at maximum levels and exploring and communicating ideas.

In Year 8 they continue these same concepts from Year 7 but with a focus on performance and leadership, exploring more tactical and strategic ideas to embed the prior skills learnt.

Throughout both years, students will engage in a series of “Belong, Believe, Become” lessons in addition to the curriculum concepts, which allow for alternative and innovative lessons to be experienced with a firm focus on developing one of the BBB outcomes.

If you would like more information contact Mr S Doyle

Key Stage 4

Currently, students in Year 10 to Year 11 will study the BTEC First Award in Sport, while Year 9 are studying the BTEC Tech Award in Sport. For those students who have chosen additional PE, they will study for the Leadership Diploma. The school firmly believes in the value of a “theory through practical” learning style in PE and are proud that every student is given the opportunity to achieve a qualification in the subject.

These are the textbooks that we use: BTEC Level 2 Firsts in Sport 2nd edition ISBN: 978-0199129911 

Revision Guides: CGP - BTEC First Sport ISBN: 978-1847624611 

If you want more information contact Mrs C Knapper

BTEC First Award in Sport

Students cover five units in mixed gender/ability groups, the units the students will cover are:

  • Unit 2 - Practical Sports Performance in year 10/11
  • Unit 6 - Leading Sports Activities in year 9
  • Unit 3 - The Mind and Sports Performance in  year 11
  • Unit 1 - Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Externally Assessed through Online Examination) in Year 10

Year 9 Students who are studying the BTEC Tech Award in Sport will cover:

  • Component 1 – An Introduction to Sport and the Sports Industry

  • Component 2 – Improving own and others Sporting Performance

  • Component 3 – Planning and Leading a Sports Activity Session

PE Additional

Students in Year 8 can select to take an additional PE option, SBE Sports Leadership Diploma, as one of their preferences. The Additional PE Qualification is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the PE and sports industries or for the student that enjoys PE and Sport and wishes to extend and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the area. The additional PE option will provide students with a highly practical course tailored to develop the leadership skills of all students through sport.

Shenley Brook End Sports Leadership Diploma

The Sports Leadership Diploma is made up of nationally recognised leadership and coaching qualifications and opportunities for students to work with younger students demonstrating their leadership skills in sport. An aim focus is for students to be given practical experience of planning for, delivering and reflecting on the skills required for coaching young sports performers.  All students will experience sessions led by prominent members of the sports industry including athlete mentors. They will independently lead numerous sports festivals for primary schools in addition to delivering PE lessons in our local link Primary Schools.

The Sports Leadership Diploma would see the students complete the Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Sports Leadership that are awarded by Sports Leaders UK.

The Sports Leadership Diploma also includes students completing a number of National Governing Body awards in sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby or Rounders. All of the sports leadership awards are nationally recognised qualifications.

This course is designed for students that hold a real interest in sport and sports coaching and leadership, the course has been set out to be practically based in its delivery.

Key Stage 5

The Edexcel BTEC National is followed at AS and A2 level. We offer the choice of three levels that can be studied at Post-16:

If you want more information contact Mr S Southwell

  • Foundation Diploma = Equivalent to 1.5 A Levels
  • Extended Certificate = Equivalent to 1 A Level

Some of the units which are studied are:

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology (Externally assessed by online examination)
  • Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming (Externally assessed assignment)
  • Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
  • Unit 6 – Sport Psychology
  • Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 10 – Sports Event Organisation

During enrichment time students have the opportunity to spend one hour per week on the following:

  • Sports Leaders UK Level 3 (Qualification with UCAS points attached)
  • 5-a-side Football


Sporting Aims

The sporting aims of Shenley Brook End School are:

  1. To encourage all students to find a pathway in sport or physical activity during their school life and beyond;
  2. To encourage healthy and active lifestyles amongst all our students through the teaching of both theory and the practice of sport.

The school maintains outstandingly high levels of extra-curricular participation with more than 90% of students regularly taking part in extra-curricular or community sport - a statistic that is amongst the highest in the country.

Teaching Methods

PE is taught by qualified PE teachers who hold a range of qualifications. Teaching methods and approaches are varied to ensure that lessons are both stimulating and challenging. Teachers are committed to sharing practice and resources to promote creativity, set high personal standards in lessons and foster positive relationships with students rooted in mutual respect.

Each student has the experience of up to three timetabled PE lessons each week when time is spent on indoor and outdoor activities. Students experience a range of content in all their lessons and are encouraged to develop the key processes that enable them to progress further.

The PE curriculum also teaches students about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise in maintaining a fit and healthy body, as well as encouraging teamwork and independence via different leadership programmes. There are a range of clubs and activities offered including:

  • Aerobics
  • Netball
  • Dodgeball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Dance
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Rounders
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness
  • Weight-Training
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • American Football

Sporting Success

Each year we have a high number of students representing a variety of sports at many different levels. This is thanks to their commitment to school sport and the development of club links within the community. Some of our recent sporting successes include multiple County and Milton Keynes School Tournament wins in Basketball as well as winning the National Basketball Championships. Our boys and girls football and cricket teams have won multiple MK Leagues and Tournaments as well as the County Cup. We have also been winners at several of the MK tournaments in Dance, Netball, Dodgeball, Badminton, Rugby and Football.

Several of our students have gone on to achieve sporting success at county, regional and national level with a healthy number having competed on a semi or fully professional basis.