Physical Education


PE develops students’ competence and confidence to participate in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives both in and out of school. The PE curriculum at Sir Stanley Matthews Academy allows all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activities.

The PE Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including breakfast, lunch and after school clubs. We also go on numerous sports trips to watch elite levels of a variety of sports, where pupils who have regularly attended clubs will be allowed to go on the trips free of charge.

We also take pupils to Spain during the May half term to take part in Outdoor Adventure Activities including Water Sports.

The PE Department has a strong link with the ‘Youth Sport Trust’ and has been awarded the ‘Silver Partner Award’. The department has a key focus to bring out the best in all pupils in a physical, social and mental way during PE lessons. There is a big focus on healthy active lifestyles within the Academy, which is recognised with the recent silver award in the ‘Healthy Schools Rating Scheme’.

The department has had good academic results over the last 5 years and has had equal success on the sports field by winning 32 trophies. This success was split between the boys and girls in a variety of sports. The Department has recently been awarded the ‘school of tennis’ status by the LTA for its contribution to raising the profile of tennis within the Academy.

The PE Department annually holds an internal Sports Day in the summer.


P.E. lessons at the Academy are of a consistently good standard through the year, where lessons have a strong element of learning incorporated with a fun aspect.

Key stage 3

In core PE students are offered a wide range of individual and team activities making use of our outstanding facilities. During these activities, they are given the opportunity to plan, perform, evaluate, make decisions and lead others.

Boys – Baseline, Football, Rugby, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Athletics, Golf. 

Girls – Baseline, Dance, Gymnastics, Boxercise, Netball, Rugby, Athletics, Rounders.

Boys – Fitness, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Handball, Hockey, Athletics, Tennis.

Girls – Handball, Hockey, Dance, Netball, Fitness, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket.

Boys – Orienteering, Boxercise, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, Leadership, Fitness

Girls – Badminton, Netball, Volleyball, Orienteering, Football, Fitness, Leadership

Pupils will study BTEC Sport in Years 10 and 11, where they will focus on 4 main units:

  • Unit 1 – Fitness for sport and exercise (exam)
  • Unit 2 – Practical Sport (coursework unit)
  • Unit 3 – Applying the principles of personal training (coursework unit)
  • Unit 6 – Sports Leadership (coursework unit)

PE Extra-Curricular club rules 

Before school clubs - Trainers are required

Dinner time clubs - Trainers are required 

After School clubs - Full PE kit (shin pads are advised for football)

If pupils want to attend the after school clubs, then they need to stay at the club until the time stated below;

Monday - 4.15pm

Tuesday - 4.15pm 

Wednesday - 3pm 

Thursday - 4.15pm 

Friday - 4.15pm  

When the after school club ends, pupils will leave the premises as they would a normal school day. If a pupil needs to leave the club earlier than the finish time, permission from parents/guardian will need to be shown to the teacher running the club. 

The PE Department will endeavour to create a sporting provision if a specific club is cancelled. i.e. if the Tennis club is cancelled, then a fitness club will be on offer for the pupils until the end time of the original Tennis club.