Physical Education at New Heights offers a broad curriculum of sporting activities to our Students. A safe and motivating environment is created to ensure pupil engagement and progression.


All our Physical Education lessons strive to include the following holistic principles:

  • Develop resilience
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Promote health, fitness and well-being



Topics Include


This academic year Students will participate in the following sporting activities:



Trampoline Gymnastics


Students work towards the Liverpool Trampoline Gymnastics Awards.  The awards are used to given our Students the opportunity to develop skills and routines, from basic to advanced level.  Furthermore, Students have been able to analyse their performance in lessons and demonstrate improvement to achieve their best.


Invasion Games


Students develop a range of attacking and defending skills which they can apply to play.  These games give many opportunities for our students to improve their teamwork, sportsmanship and communication skills.


Short Tennis


Students have developed a range of skills which enables them to participate in class tournaments.  Students have learned to apply tactics to overcome opponents during play.  Short Tennis has given the opportunity for our students to take on the role of the umpire.




In Fitness Students are learning the importance of leading a healthy and active life style.  Students will learn to work independently in the school’s fitness suite, whilst working hard to improve their stamina.  Using our modern sports hall facility, Students will participate in fitness circuits and multi-stage fitness testing.  These activities have enabled Students to take responsibility for improving their own fitness levels.


Assessment and Feedback


When Students first enter the Physical Education setting they are assessed and given a baseline grade.  This allows for individual learning experiences and ensures the needs of all students are met.  Students participating in PE are regularly assessed and regular discussions regarding their progress are undertaken.


This academic year Students will be graded in line with the current 1-9 GCSE levels. This will support students in their transitions into mainstream or alternative provisions following their time at New Heights.


In our department, we believe that pupil participation in assessment is very important in assisting with progress and learning.  During lessons, students are given several opportunities to assess their own and others’ performances thus giving them an understanding of their next steps for learning.



Links to Everyday Life


Staying healthy and fit has never been more important. We use our time with the students to show them how much fun physical activity can be and impress upon them the importance of maintaining good health and the links between health and maintaining a good, balanced diet.



Career Pathways


Participation in PE lessons allows Students to develop transferable skills which will be useful in further education and future careers. Leadership and communication are promoted whilst participating in team sports; self-confidence is built whilst officiating and coaching their peers.  Additionally, students are made aware of the potential pathways in education to achieve qualifications in PE which can lead to employment in sporting roles such as coaching and youth work.