We aim to offer a PE curriculum which will inspire all of our students to succeed and excel. We offer a wide variety of sports and activities through both curriculum and extra curriculum time to allow students to become physically confident and support their health and wellbeing.

The opportunities we offer will support our students personal development through building character and helping to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Life skills such as leadership, problem solving, organisation and willingness to learn are developed continuously in PE. We provide opportunities for students to participate in different roles, such as performers, leaders, umpires and coaches, which provides the opportunity for students to plan, perform and evaluate allowing students to work both independently and as part of a team.

Inter house sport is an up and coming element of life at St Aidans Academy. Termly competitions will be held based around the sports the students have been participating in during that term. This will build up to a final Sports Day in the Summer Term where the winning house will be awarded the Sports House Trophy.

The broad and varied programme offered to students throughout their time at St Aidan's aims to provide them with the knowledge and experience to help them to choose a healthy, active lifestyle for their future.

We have excellent facilities on our academy site and the facilities we share share with Eastbourne Sports Complex. Our facilities include:



Summary of subject content


In Years 7, 8 and 9, all students are timetabled to one double lesson (100 minutes) of PE per week. Students will work on becoming more competent and confident in applying skills and techniques across different sports and activities. Students will investigate what makes a performance effective and how to apply this to both their own and others performances.

During KS3, students will take part in the following activities; Football, Netball (girls), Rugby (boys), Basketball (boys), cross country, fitness, badminton, trampling, dance, athletics, rounders, tennis and cricket.

Students will be assessed in each sport / activity they participate in. Students are assessed in three areas; performance, knowledge and understanding and evaluating and improving. Students will be given a holistic overall grade.

In Year 9, students are selected to take part in the Darlington Secondary School Leadership Academy. Students have the opportunity to complete both their Level 1 and Level 2 Sports Leadership Award on this course. Students will be required to help lead at numerous Primary School events during the year to allow them to practice and develop their leadership skills.


In Year 10 all students will take an examination PE subject; GCSE PE or BTEC Sport. Students will receive 1 double lesson (100 minutes) and 1 single lesson (50 minutes) per week. The course the students take will depend upon their performance during their time in KS3 PE.

In GCSE PE, the course consists of 2 elements; Practical which is worth 60% (48% sports performance and 12% controlled assessment) and Exam which is worth 40%. Students will take part in a mixture of theory and practical lessons throughout the course. Students can be assessed practically as a performer, leader or coach.

BTEC Sport has 2 compulsary units; Unit 1 - Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Exam) and Unit 2 - Practical Sports Performance (Controlled Assessment). Unit 1 is computer based exam. It is worth 25% of the final marks for the course. Unit 2 involves the students performing in 2 sports and completing controlled assessments on these two sports. This is also worth 25% of the final grade. The students must also complete two more units, each worth 25% of the final grade. These will be selected based not eh strengths of the group and can include; leading an event, personal training, sports phycology and sports physiology.

In Year 11, all students will receives one single lesson (50 minutes) of core PE per week. In this session, students are able to pick from an option of activities available which will change on a termly basis. Students who opted to take GCSE PE or BTEC Sport as an option will receive 3 additional single lessons (50 minutes) per week to complete these courses.

Extra-curricular Clubs/Activities

We have an extensive range of extra curricular clubs running at St Aidan's. Activities offered are seasonal and will vary through out the year. We offer morning clubs, lunch time clubs and after school clubs.

Practices are open to all pupils. Fixtures are organised for students to represent the academy in inter school matches, area and national competitions. A full fixture link is available on the website and is regularly updated when new fixtures are confirmed.

Events that we attend and compete in throughout the year include; Boys and Girls Football local and county leagues and tournaments, Girls Netball (all years), Girls and Boys KS3 Cricket tournaments, Town Athletics (all years), Indoor athletics (KS3), Girls Rounders (all years), Town Cross Country (all years), Town Dance festival (all Years), Secondary School games (KS3), Boy Basketball (all years).

We have built up links with many local clubs including those that use the academy and Sports Complex facilities which will help students to continue to develop their skills, performance and passion for their sports and activities. Some of these can be found on our website.

Monday 14:50 - 16:30
Year 10 BTEC Sport Catchup / Revision (ACY)

Tuesday 07:45 - 08:15
Running Club (AGN) - 5k

Wednesday 14:50 - 16:30
KS3 Dance - (RWS)
Athletics (Throws and Jumps - JMY)
Football -Yr7 (AGN)
Football - Yr8 (MCE)
Football - Y9 (SHY)
Tennis - (ACY)

Thursday 14:50 - 16:30
Kabaddi - Yr 7 & 8 (AGN)
Rounders - (JMY)
Athletics - (Runs) - (ACY)

Friday 14:50 - 16:30
Fitness (RWS) *15:45 Finish

Exam Results


Career Opportunities

We have links with The QE Sixth form and Darlington College where we take GCSE PE and BTEC Sport students for taster sessions where they can meet staff and students and find out more about the Sports courses which are offered.

Additional Revision Sessions

Revision and catch up sessions are ran throughout the year for both GCSE PE and BTEC Sport. These sessions can be for practical, theory or controlled assessment. The sessions will be promoted to students and displayed on the website.