Physical Education


PE develops students’ motor 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 students who have regularly attended clubs will be allowed to go on the trips free of charge. We also take students to Spain every May half term to take part in outdoor adventure activities, including water sports.

The department has a key focus to bring out the best in ALL students in a physical, social and mental way during PE lessons. 

The department has had good academic results over the last 7 years and has had equal success on the sports field by winning 35 trophies. This success was split between the boys and girls in a variety of sports. The department has recently been awarded the GOLD award for both the ‘Healthy Schools Rating Scheme’ and ‘School Games Mark’. This is a fantastic achievement for the staff and students at OSSMA. 

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


P.E. lessons at the academy are of a consistently high standard throughout the year, where lessons have a strong element of learning incorporated with a fun aspect. Students will be taught how to become excellent sportsmen and women with a focus not only on physical attributes but also on characteristics such as teamwork, leadership, resilience, respect, decision making and understanding of the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

Across Years 7-11, students will develop in three main areas during the PE curriculum. Students will develop their motor competence in each lesson whilst understanding and demonstrating key rules, strategies and tactics for the sports and physical activities. Students at OSSMA will understand why it is important to be healthy and will leave school with a desire to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle through sports or physical activities in the future. The aim is for the PE Department to inspire students to become lifelong participators in sports/physical activities. Teachers at OSSMA carefully plan lessons so that students have the correct amount of ‘active’ time but also learn key information to be able to recall in future years. 

Key stage 3 and 4 PE 

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. The curriculum has been designed so that students will revisit the majority of sports/activities in later years to add depth to their declarative and procedural knowledge. Students will experience a wide variety of sports/physical activities through their school life, where specific learning will take place, but also general knowledge about healthy participation. 

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, Fitness, Athletics, Leadership 

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

Boys – Football, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Athletics

Girls – Fitness, Netball, Football, Boxercise, Cricket, Badminton, Athletics, Rounders

Boys – Football, Fitness, Basketball, Handball, Cricket, Orienteering, Leadership

Girls – Orienteering, Netball, Football, Fitness, Cricket, Basketball, Leadership

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.