At Alder we aim to promote and foster a ‘Sport for All’ inclusive ethos towards Physical Education and school sport where all sporting achievements are widely acknowledged and celebrated. As a department we are firm believers that all of our students should receive positive yet challenging learning experiences where they can achieve a PE/Sports related qualification appropriate to their needs and learning ability. We encourage and strive to achieve high levels of participation in a wide range of sporting roles, for example as a performer, coach/leader or official whether this is during curriculum time or through the extensive extra-curricular programme we offer.

The PE department works hard to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, providing students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to continue with an active and healthy lifestyle after leaving school either through recreational physical activity or by continuing with competitive sport.

Physical Education is proven to improve self confidence, self discipline, concentration and it also encourages the development of leadership and team work skills. It also leads young people into healthier lifestyles. There is increasing evidence that high quality PE and school sport leads to higher attendance, behaviour and attitudes towards learning. Therefore, we believe that PE at Alder Community High School contributes in raising whole school standards.

Students at Alder have access to fantastic PE facilities. Our indoor facilities consist of a large sports hall of six Badminton courts, a dance studio and a fitness suite. Our outdoor facilities are equally impressive, including; a field accommodating a soccer pitch and athletics track, a full size Astroturf and four hard courts suitable for Netball, Tennis and Basketball. Students have two rooms changing and in addition, two disabled changing areas.

Due to our ICT specialism, both the fitness suite and dance studio are fitted with interactive whiteboards whilst the students have access to video cameras and laptops to aid performance analysis in lessons.

The P.E. kit at Alder is a black breathable T-Shirt, black shorts and trainers all with the school logo.

Students may also wear tracksuit bottoms, plain black hooded jumpers, team hooded jumpers, round-necked black jumpers or Nike Waterproof jacket all with the school logo. All P.E. kit items can be purchased from JFC sports in Hyde. Students are allowed to wear blades on the astro-turf but screw-in studs are only allowed on the school field. Students are still expected to bring P.E. kit in for lessons, unless injury prevents this, as they will still be able to take part in the lesson in some form.

At the end of the year, the PE Department celebrate the achievements of our students by holding an Awards Evening. Awards are given for a wide range of sports in the following categories; Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Contribution to Sport, Most Extra-Curricular Attendance, Volunteer of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year.

At Key Stage Three, all students take part in two, one hour lessons per week.

In Year Seven, classes are taught in mixed ability, whilst in Year eight and nine, where possible, classes are taught in ability sets.

The range of activities are as follows:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Football Football Football
Netball Netball Netball
Gymnastics Trampolining Trampolining
Dance Dance Dance
Badminton Badminton Rugby
Basketball Basketball Health Related Exercise
Hockey Hockey Basketball
Rugby Rugby Net/wall games
Health Related Exercise Health Related Exercise  
Youth Leaders Award    

In Year ten, all students have three hours of PE a fortnight and have the opportunity to study Entry Level P.E., however, some students may be given the opportunity to study a Level One Leadership Award in Sport or Dance. In Year eleven, students take part in a range of activities and sports to increase physical activity levels and have two hours of PE a fortnight.


Students are assessed in four practical activities in Games and Trampolining.

Students also complete a ‘Personal Exercise Programme’ and an ‘Analysis of Performance’ on one of their chosen activities.

All of the marks are added together and students will be awarded an Entry Level Certificate 1, 2 or 3 (the highest grade).


In Year ten, students that have previously demonstrated high levels of effort and a positive attitude in lessons are given the opportunity to study for a nationally accredited leadership award instead of studying the Entry Level course.

The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership is divided into six units of work. Students must complete all SIX units in order to qualify. The units to be delivered are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Plan, lead and review a sport/activity
  • Unit 2 – Developing leadership skills
  • Unit 3 – Lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Unit 4 – Fair play in sport
  • Unit 5 – The role of the official
  • Unit 6 – Opportunities in sport and recreation

The Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership is divided into six units of work. Students must complete all SIX units in order to qualify.

  • Unit 1 – Plan, lead and review a sport/activity
  • Unit 2 – Developing leadership skills
  • Unit 3 – Lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Unit 4 – The relationship of music and dance
  • Unit 5 – Use a stimulus to create a piece of dance
  • Unit 6 – Opportunities in dance

At Key Stage Four, students can choose to study GCSE P.E., BTEC Sport or BTEC Dance in addition to the compulsory lessons.


In GCSE PE, students take part in two practical lessons and three theory lessons per fortnight.

Over two years, students study two theory and two practical units. The two theory units are worth 60% of the final grade and the two practical units are worth 30% of the final grade. 10% of the course is assessed through a written non-examined assessment task.

Unit 1 – Applied Anatomy & Physiology and Physical Training
E.g. Effects of exercise, skeletal system, muscular system, components of fitness, principles of training etc.

Unit 2 – Socio-cultural Influences; Sports Psychology; Health, Fitness & Well-being
E.g. violence in sport, fair play, drugs in sport, feedback, goal setting, diet & nutrition etc.

Both theory units are examined at the end of the course in Year 11.

Students participate in a range of activities and are assessed internally as a performer with the best three marks being submitted for assessment. Students must be assessed in one individual activity and one team activity.
Non-Examined Assessment - Analysing & Evaluating Performance
Students are required to analyse their own performance in an activity of their choice and devise an action plan to bring about improvements.


Students also have the choice to study the BTEC First Award in Sport is a qualification that prepares students with a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities essential for success in working life in sport. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course in a variety of ways, for example; project work, interviews, presentations and practical performances however there is now an online assessment which is the only assessment task for the unit. Students must all assessments to pass a unit and they must pass all four units to complete the qualification.

Students will study the two core units which are:

1. Health and fitness  - online assessment.
2. Practical performance: performance, rules, officiating and analysing performance

Students will then study the following two units, both of which are internally assessed:

3. The Mind and Sports Performance
4. Leading Sports Activities


Students study prime skills, techniques and creative aspects of the art of the dancer and experience what it would be like to train and perform as a professional dancer. The majority of the course is practical where students will learn and perform a wide variety of different dance styles. Theoretically, students will evaluate some of their performances.

Students will study three units and all units are approached vocationally to encourage an awareness that behind each unit lies a job role practised by a professional. The three units are:

  • Core unit: Individual Showcase -External assessment 25%
  • Core unit: Preparation, Performance and Production -Internal assessment 25%
  • Specialist Dance skills unit -Internal assessment 50%

Assessment activities include:

  • Writing a letter of application
  • How to prepare audition pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge
  • Preparing and participating in a live performance/School Dance Show
  • Demonstration of performance or production skills and techniques in a performance
  • Identifying strengths/areas for improvement in preparation for the performance of dance work to an audience.

At Alder, we run many Inter-form and Inter-house competitions throughout the year. This is to encourage as many students as possible to experience competition in school. 99% of our students take part in intra-school competition (Source: PESSYP Survey, June 2010)

Our ethos at Alder is to enter teams into as many competitions as possible. We have considerable success at Alder, which can be seen on our Roll Of Honour in the resources section. We have an excellent reputation in Tameside for competition and we are now regularly competing in Greater Manchester competitions and some national events.

We have recently been recognised for our extra-curricular provision at the 2017 Tameside Sports Awards where we received two awards: ‘Success in Competition’ and ‘Using Competition to Drive Participation’ which is a fantastic achievement for our staff and students alike.

The P.E. Department run a range of programmes, strategies and activities, including extra-curricular lunch time and after school clubs, for students of all abilities, to help students improve both their attainment and performance levels. The extra-curricular timetable is updated every half term, allowing a greater range of activities throughout the year.


Where possible, we try to get external sports coaches to assist with extra-curricular practices to further develop the attainment of students that have been identified as Gifted and Talented in Physical Education. We have an extensive policy and identification process that allows us to provide opportunities for more of our students. Level 1 students are those who are identified as being exceptional in one particular sporting activity, whilst level 2 students are those who are identified as exceptional in a range of activities, meaning that we have identified them as Gifted and Talented in P.E. as a subject.

In addition, all students who require additional support have full access to the curriculum in lessons and also to competition through the Active8 sessions with the Tameside Sports Partnership. Students with disabilities may also be identified as Gifted and Talented and there is a talent pathway into elite competition through the Active8 sessions.


We place a huge emphasis in lessons and during extra-curricular clubs on leadership and volunteering. This encourages students to develop responsibility and organisation. In Year 7, our students complete the ‘Young Leaders Award’ and in Year ten, students may have the opportunity to complete the Level 1 Leaders Award in either Sports or Dance.


As part of the Tameside Sports Partnership, the P.E. Department have forged strong links with four local feeder primary schools. Currently we are linked with; Gee Cross Holy Trinity, St. George’s, Dowson and Pinfold Primary Schools.
Currently we:

  • Liaise with staff to increase participation, and opportunities for leadership and competition for all primary students.
  • Support with staff development and help to develop policies in P.E.
  • Develop links with local community clubs.
  • Assist with the transition of students from primary to secondary school.

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