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Physical Education


This is a dynamic, forward thinking faculty comprising six full time specialist teachers and a technician, working hard to provide a varied, stimulating curriculum. We firmly believe in ‘sport for all’ and strive to deliver a broad and balanced programme to our students. Examination level Physical Education has been very successful in recent years, giving our talented students the chance to succeed further. We have a strong tradition within the area for developing young talent through curricular and extra curricular activities and we are committed to maintaining these high expectations.

KS3 Curriculum

Students in KS3 have two one-hour lessons per week. Students follow a timetabled course with a variety of activities, ranging from swimming, gymnastics and badminton to rugby and netball. Students in KS3 are taught in groups of boys or girls and grouped by ability.

KS3 example carousel of activities:



Table Tennis/





Striking Games


KS4 and KS5 Curriculum

In KS4 core Physical Education, students have three one-hour lessons per fortnight. Students are given the opportunity to choose which activities they would like to take part in across the school year. In general, they can select from a choice of 5 activities each half term. They may opt for traditional activities such as football, netball, hockey, rugby, swimming and cricket, as well as new and exciting activities such as American football, Bokwa, martial arts, mixed netball, dodgeball, table tennis, Club Energy Gym, squash and the Junior Sports Leadership Award (JSLA).

At Prince Henry's, we offer this especially varied and wide-ranging KS4 PE programme as we look to promote lifelong participation in a healthy and active lifestyle. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding as well as communication, coaching, organisation and leadership skills in a fun, physically active environment, which caters for all abilities, whether Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. 

At KS4, students can also opt to take Physical Education as a GCSE course. They study the AQA specification and results have been consistently high. We deliver the course in five lessons (additional to core PE) over two weeks with one practical lesson and four theory lessons. 

At KS5, students have the opportunity to study A level Physical Education (AQA). This gives them the opportunity to be assessed on both practical and theory PE at an advanced level. We also offer Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Sport. BTEC students are assessed in various modules over a two year period, based on units of coursework, and sit a formal examination in one of those units.

Please see the Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form Pages for details of the KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the PE faculty, including our Excellence in Sport and Education programme for Sixth Formers. 


The PE faculty and several members of staff at Prince Henry’s offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These range from the competitive sports such as netball, rugby, football, athletics, cross country and swimming to gymnastics, girls' rugby, dance, rowing, table tennis and badminton.

Teams are entered in the local school leagues and our netball and rugby teams have done particularly well at Regional and National level respectively. Students who show potential in these activities are nominated for representative honours and a significant number of our students are representing Prince Henry’s at City, County or National level.

There are close and well-established links with local sports clubs including the Otliensians (Old Scholars) Rugby and Hockey Clubs, Otley RUFC, Otley Cricket Club, Otley Badminton Club, Otley AC, Otley Town FC and Skyrac AC, to name but a few. The school’s facilities are used by some of these organisations in the evening and at the weekend.