Department Staff:

Mrs R Butler

Mr D Hodgson

Mrs C Murphy

Mr D Talbot (Head of Physical Performance)


Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

During Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will develop skills and apply them to a range of different sporting activities. They will also learn how to coach and officiate sports to enhance their knowledge and understanding of each activity. Our curriculum in Key Stage 3 includes Football, Basketball, Netball, Athletics, Rounders, Softball, Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Health Related Fitness, Orienteering, Handball, Badminton, Dance and Gymnastics.


Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)

Key Stage 4 Core PE:

During Years 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to specialise their skills within selected activities. The emphasis for each pupil generally involves three areas in which they may choose to develop. These include games-based activities where they are required to develop and demonstrate their skills and tactical knowledge, fitness-based activities where pupils are required to develop their fitness over a period of time through circuit, weight and aerobic training methods and racket/striking and fielding activities where the focus for pupils is to enhance co-ordination and outwit their opponents.




Pupils are given the option of studying PE at GCSE level. The Year 11 pupils are currently following the Edexcel GCSE PE examination programme whilst the Year 10 pupils are studying the newly designed OCR syllabus. All GCSE PE pupils will have five lessons over the two-week timetable, two of which are theory-based lessons and three are practical lessons. The theory course focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of different components of fitness, methods of training, diet, injury, the ethical issue's regarding performance- enhancing drugs, data analysis, anatomy and physiology and factors that affect participation within sport. Pupils will also plan and participate in their own six-week personal exercise programme / action plan and evaluate their level of fitness and its implications for performance.

The practical side of the course builds upon the foundation knowledge acquired in Key Stage 3 and develops the level of performance that pupils have within each sport. The sports on offer are the same as those within the Key Stage 3 curriculum although pupils will now be required to demonstrate more advanced levels of fitness, technical ability and tactical awareness.  The pupils will then take practical examinations in their four strongest sports (Edexcel syllabus) towards the end of Year 11 before sitting a final theory-based examination in summer. The OCR syllabus requires pupils to participate in their three strongest sports during the examination period.  

NCFE Level 2 Health and Fitness:
An alternative qualification in sport offered by the college is the NCFE Level 2 qualification in Health and Fitness. During this qualification, pupils will study various aspects of sport over four modules, one of which is an externally assessed two hour assignment that must be completed and passed under examination conditions. The modules are centred around theoretical concepts that enhance sporting performance such as training methods, nutrition and the psychological development of sport performance. Each module has several assignment tasks that must be successfully passed although unlike the GCSE PE syllabus, the actual sporting performance of the pupil is not assessed during this qualification.


Extra Curricular Programme

Savio Salesian College has an inclusive extra curricular programme that is designed to offer pupils of all abilities to access different sports outside of the classroom. We are competitive in many Sefton and Merseyside competitions as well as our annual National Salesian Schools Athletics Championships meeting that takes place in either London or the North West. Some of most famous sporting pupils include Jamie Carragher and the current England Ladies International footballer Alex Greenwood whilst our most current sporting success came during this year when our Y9 Football Team won the Sefton Cup.