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Teacher of Physical Education: Peter Skerrett - pskerrett@stpetersindependent.org.uk


Through the provision of a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of St. Peter’s Independent School. Physical Education (PE) is taught in 50 minute lessons across both the prep and senior school. Swimming lessons are delivered at Lings Forum and are a key element to our broad and balanced PE curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in games, swimming, gymnastics, athletics and striking and fielding activities. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, spectators and referees/umpires/officials.

Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. The atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced.

Students will regularly work in group situations. In many areas, the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. In all situations, empathy is paramount where students cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others.

As students’ progress through St. Peter's they will be encouraged to adopt a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to fulfil their sporting potential both within the school and through leisure facilities and clubs in the local community. As students enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options and courses provided in the curriculum.

Aims of Physical Education:

  • To promote the physical well-being of the student
  • To enjoy exercise and promote a concern for health and fitness through participation in physical activity.
  • To develop their ability to ‘strive to be their best’, by working at maximum effort.

Purpose of Physical Education:

Within physical education at St. Peter's Independent School, it is our purpose that:

  • all students will be encouraged and helped to achieve their full potential, both perceived and latent. This includes the ability to think, enquire and debate logically, as well as apply themselves to tasks and develop skills;
  • all students will acquire knowledge and skills relevant to their life after they leave the school. The nature of our present day world demands the ability to respond flexibly and positively to change;
  • students will be encouraged to strive for high standards of literacy and numeracy at the level appropriate to their intellectual ability;
  • students should be encouraged to appreciate human achievement and aspirations in the context of a cultural and aesthetic life;
  • offering students a well ordered and disciplined environment should enhance the learning process;
  • although reinforcing the aims of the school, physical education will have direct links with specific areas;
  • we will strive to ensure that all students are physically challenged subsequently achieving their potential in developing motor skills;
  • students will acquire knowledge and skills relevant to continuing in sport after they leave the school, be it as a performer, spectator, official or group leader;
  • we will encourage students to strive for high standards in performance, appearance and sportsmanship;