Physical Education

"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King

We believe that Physical Education helps students with their personal, social and health development, as well as their physical and creative skills and the application of these in sporting activities.

During their time at Mayfield Grammar School, students are taught essential skills and processes that ensure that they:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Lower School

Students are encouraged to:

  • Build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in primary school
  • Become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities
  • Understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work
  • Develop their confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and are actively encouraged to engage in physical activity in later life, and gain an understanding of the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students are taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [within: basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, tag-rugby and multi-skills]
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [within: athletics, gymnastics and multi-skills]
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs through extra-curricular representation or within inter-house competitions.

Upper School

In Year 9 students continue to develop their skills and begin to utilise these within complex environments.

In Year 10 students follow pathways which they have chosen at the start of the year. This gives them the opportunity to follow activities and sports that they have enjoyed through years 7-9 in the hope that they will develop a life-long enjoyment outside of school life and continue with physical activity.

In Year 11 students follow a leadership pathway. We have three courses available within Year 11:

  • Dance Leadership Level 1
  • Sports Leadership Level 1
  • Sports Leadership Level 2

Students are encouraged to:

  • Tackle complex and demanding physical activities.
  • Get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

Students are taught to:

  • Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [within badminton, basketball, football, hockey, netball, rounders, table tennis, tennis and volleyball]
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [within athletics, boxercise, exercise to music, gymnastics and step aerobics]
  • Take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs through extra-curricular representation or within inter-house competitions.

In the Upper School, we also offer AQA GCSE Physical Education, which is 40% practical and 60% theoretical assessment. We have a healthy take-up from our students and results are good.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, we offer AQA Physical Education at AS and A2, which is 80% theoretical and 20% practical assessment. Group numbers are good, as are our results.

The department also runs a large range of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school. We enter teams for local leagues, district and county tournaments and play matches in a variety of sports. Students are also entered for competitions District and County trials.

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is started in Year 9.  Many students go on to work towards the Silver and Gold Awards.

We also organise Inter-house tournaments, an annual Sports Day, trips to sporting events and a football/netball trip away every two years.