Our department offers a broad and balanced curriculum in Physical Education (PE). In the first years of secondary school (Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9), students develop an understanding and awareness of a wide variety of athletic skills, gymnastics and games. In the final stage of Secondary school (Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11), students develop leadership skills and comprehend the need to continue exercising as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we advise all pupils to participate in physical activities from three to five days per week for a continuous period of time, lasting a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day.

  • Outcomes – Students taking BTEC Sports science to better than average at Hartsdown.
  • Supporting Students – PE at Hartsdown is inclusive with a wide range of sports helping students of all abilities become healthier and enjoy exercise

Key Stage 3

Students are able to access a wide range of sports and activities at Hartsdown. We are fortunate in having a floodlit 3g pitch, a dance studio and a large sports hall. Students are also encouraged to join sports teams and compete both locally and across Kent.

Key Stage 4

In addition to core PE which is similar to KS3 except that we focus on encouraging leadership. We offer BTEC Sports Science.

BTEC PE explores themes including:

  • Personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the sport and fitness world and working life.
  • Develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the broad range of sport specialisms
  • Become fitter by following their own personalised plan
  • Develop communication, planning and team working skills
  • Improve their ability to lead sporting activities

Student Comments

“I love PE and have really enjoyed being part of the school’s teams.”

Year 9

“I have really enjoyed Sports Science and I am hoping to go into the fitness industry.”

Year 11