Physical Education


PE Kit Changes from September 2014

As from September, students will be required to wear royal blue shorts with ‘Hendon School PE’ stitched on to the leg.  The socks will also be royal blue, and knee length. The shirt will remain the same.  The school will sell all parts of the kit – shirt, shorts and socks – from the finance office in the new block. 

I appreciate that your child may already have the correct PE kit, and without wanting to impose a further expense onto you, I only ask that when you need to replace a specific piece of kit, that you purchase the new style from the school.

Prices for the new kit are below:

Tops - £11

Shorts - £8

Socks - £5

Tracksuit bottoms (girls only) - £16


Mr Welch

Head of PE


Aims and our philosophy:

The PE Department is made up of a mix of very experienced staff that bring their own knowledge and experience of sport to both curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We teach all pupils across Key Stage 3 twice a week, and once a week in Key Stage 4 .Pupils in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to study BTEC or GCSE PE. In Key Stage 5 pupils can  study A Level PE, as well a s taking part in ‘enrichment’ lessons. Sports Leadership is very important within PE and we strive to develop as many of our young people into confident Leaders within lessons, and also through our Gifted and Talented Sports Leadership programme. Successful Sports Leaders are awarded prestigious Sports Leaders shirts, and have lots of opportunities to help out with sporting events involving younger pupils from within the London Borough of Barnet, as well as being able to gain National Governing Body officiating qualifications.
There are many extra-curricular activities on offer such as Football, Basketball, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton, Trampolining, Rowing, Fitness Club, and Weights club. We have teams who represent the school in many of these activities and perform very well within the Borough.

Although we nurture our elite sports pupils through extra-curricular activities, within curriculum time we value all pupils and believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge in order to progress and always achieve at whatever level can. Participation rates within lesson are extremely high and pupils enjoy the lessons due to activities being differentiated and accessible to all.

KS3 Curriculum – Year’s 7, 8 & 9

GAMES – badminton, table tennis, basketball, cricket, football, Netball, hockey, rounder’s, and rugby. Skills are acquired and developed from small-sided team situations to dealing with the full game.
ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES – cross country, fitness and track and field athletics. Pupils are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and understanding of health and fitness and work on a personal performance programme to set themselves achievable targets.
GYMNASTIC ACTIVITIES – gymnastics and trampolining. Concentration on body management and quality of movement is focused on. Evaluation of performances is used to develop confidence and enjoyment in movement.
SWIMMING – Pupils in Year 7 and 8 who cannot swim 25m are required to go swimming. Pupils develop confidence and efficiency in water and development of survival skills. Those that can swim 25m will cover a different unit of work in either ‘Invasion Games’ or ‘Trampolining’.
OUTDOOR AND ADVENTUROUS EDUCATION – supplements the curriculum. Each child in Year 9 will have the opportunity to spend one week away from home at a residential centre or spend a similar week based at school, involving themselves in adventurous activities – camping, canoeing, climbing, cooking, cycling, fire lighting, hiking, problem solving, tracking and water sports. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, safety, new challenges and experiences in outdoor living.

PE Clubs and Activites. For more information Click Here ¦ pdf

Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course,

The first three years are concerned with the acquisition, development and application of knowledge in four areas of activity, as described above. Pupils will look to apply skills developed and evaluate these to improve their performance levels. Pupils will cover a range of practical activities on a carousel throughout the year, and so will not all be covering the same sport at the same time. When your child is doing Hockey or Football, please ensure they have navy blue knee length socks and shin pads, or they will not be able to take part in competitive game situations. Pupils also need appropriate trainers; plimsolls and Vans are not allowed as they do not fully support the foot and can lead to long term injury.


KS4 Curriculum:




Controlled assessment:


Edexcel GCSE PE

Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education (40%) – Section 1: Healthy, Active Lifestyles – Section 2: Your Healthy, Active Body.  Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education (60%) – Section 1: Practical Performance – Section 2: Analysis of Performance


One exam at the end of the 2nd year of study worth 40% of the final mark.  One moderation day, in which students are assessed in a range of physical activities in leading, performing and officiating.  This is worth 60% of the final mark.


Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2

As this is a new course for September 2013 we will update the website nearer the time for a complete overview of both years work.


Students study the GCSE Edexcel specification. This builds effectively on the key stage 3 programme of study, with a balance between theory and practical lessons.  In the theory lessons students will study two sections: Healthy Active Lifestyles and Your Healthy, Active Body.  Students will gain an in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, influences on a healthy, active lifestyle and the theory behind exercise. During their practical lessons, students will undertake a range of roles including performer, leader and official.  They will gather a good knowledge of a range of sports and physical activities, choosing four to be assessed in from the roles mentioned above.  At least two of the sports must be in the performer role.  The course is an excellent route into A-Level PE and other courses due to its wide content range.

KS5 curriculum:






Edexcel GCE Physical Education

Unit 1 (AS):  Participation in Sport and Recreation (50%)   Unit 3 (A2): Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance (50%)


Unit 2 (AS): The Critical Sports Performer (50%)  Unit 4 (A2): The Developing Sports Performer

The practical moderation day is carried out in April for both examinations

NB: The AS Physical Education exam equates to 50% of the A2 examination


Year 12

Year 13

Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1



The development of active leisure and recreation

Performance Analysis

The Development of Competitive sport – The Local Study

Healthy lifestyle


Performance pathways – The National Study

Performance Analysis and Personal Performance roles

Fitness and Training


Effects of exercise on the body systems

Performance Analysis

Lifelong involvement.


Exams and A2 Development plan


Short Term Preparation – Physiological  and  Psychological

Centres of Excellence – The International Study

Short Term Technical Preparation

The Development Plan

Fatigue and Recovery

Long Term Physiological, Psychological and Technical

Progressive Participation role

Life Plan


Technical Support



In the AS course, the focus is on how sport and recreation fit into society and our understanding of the issues around health and an active lifestyle. ‘What happens to our body when we exercise’ will focus on the scientific aspects while the history of competitive sport will show how our current provision for sport and recreation, has been shaped. Our students enjoy the practical aspects and with their chosen activities they are expected to analyse their participation through independent research and defined pathways of leadership, officiating and performance, designed to prepare you for lifelong participation. The A2 course uses the elite performer as our focus and looks at the concepts behind producing the very best. The physiological, psychological and technical aspects of performance and the support that exists both home and abroad, all come together to form a holistic picture for world class competition. Through the development plan it is hoped that our students will experience some of this world class factor by refining their own performance and planning for the future. To date we have students who have moved into Occupational Health, Teaching, Physiotherapy and studying Sports Science at degree level, as well as continuing to be physically active.

PE outside the Classroom:

Clubs, teams, trips, championships, activity week, leadership, intra competitions,

Members of the Department:


Mr Welch – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Head of Physical Education Faculty


Miss Downing - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Second in Charge of Physical Education Faculty


Mrs Weatherhead – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Deputy Head teacher and Teacher of PE


Miss Sheehan – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Head of Year 8 and Teacher of PE


Mr Rowling – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Head of Year 12 and Teacher of PE


Mr Richardson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Teacher of PE

For further information, including trip enquiries for current students, please email – SEE ABOVE

Friday the 26th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk