Physical Education

The teaching of Physical Education is based on the belief that this area makes a significant contribution to the growth and development of each individual through an extensive range of activities.

The principal aim is to create an environment in which sport is seen as an essential and enjoyable part of education. In this way, the skills learnt will allow students to pursue varied sporting interests at school, University and beyond, with participation becoming the norm throughout life.

The programme is designed so that all students are able to acquire and build upon skills, in both individual and team activities, throughout Years 6 to 11.

A great deal of emphasis is placed on cooperation and teamwork as well as on the competitive element of this area. All pupils from Year 6 to Year 11 have compulsory Physical Education taught by full-time qualified staff as timetabled lessons.

There is a uniform programme of study for pupils in Years 6 to 11.

Autumn (Term 1)

The first half of the term is dedicated to girls' Football and boys' Basketball. The second half of term is then divided between hockey and volleyball for boys and girls alike.

Spring (Term 2)

The emphasis is on Fitness and Running program, boys' Football and girls' Basketball.

Summer (Term 3)

Athletics dominates teaching in the beginning of the term, finishing with Softball and Tennis.

Inter-School fixtures and tournaments are organised throughout the school year for both boys and girls in Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country and Athletics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education, an optional and examined subject in addition to the timetabled PE for all students, is an exciting combination of the study of sport and physical activity in both practical and theoretical settings; on many occasions practice and theory are combined in interactive and action-packed lessons. The PE department follows the Edexcel specification, which can be summarised as follows:


Unit 1 – The Theory of Physical Education

40% of the total GCSE, examined by a written paper (90 minutes). The specification includes study of the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems, plus a detailed look into physical and active lifestyles, what they mean and how to plan such activities for oneself and others.

Unit 2 – Performance in Physical Education

60% of the total GCSE, examined by continuous practical assessment plus external moderation at the end of Year 11. Students will take part in structured practical lessons each week in a variety of activities, enabling them to improve their practical abilities.

Each student must select four sports or activities in which to be assessed from a minimum of two different activity areas. The student must undertake an Analysis of Performance, which is made up of five separate components. One of the components is a written Personal Exercise Programme, which involves a 6 week written PEP.

IB Diploma: Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SL)

St. Julian ́s has offered its students the IB Diploma's Sports Science course since 2007: we were one of the original twelve schools in the world piloting the course, which has become a popular and successful option.

The course aims to introduce students to some of the scientific components that
make up the study of Sport, Exercise and Health and it is divided into two parts. The Diploma Programme course in Sports, Exercise and Health Science involves study of the science that underpins physical performance.

The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover both core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings.

This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles to a critical analysis of human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of internationalism and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

Career Opportunities

This challenging course incorporates aspects of Exercise Physiology, Anatomy, Nutrition and Psychology relating to the sports industry. If a student wishes to continue with SEHS at University the course provides access to a wide variety of sports-related courses including Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Psychology and Education degrees.

These courses will help prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the Sport and Exercise industry as well as supporting careers involving media, psychology, development in the fields of teaching, physiotherapy, sports administration, and medicine.


ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.