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Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow.


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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.



The PE department strives to provide accessible and competitive sport for every student in the Academy, which will see them develop lifelong habits that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. We aim to ensure that all students:

  •  achieve their personal best in the subject.

  • experience competitive sport at some level while at the Academy.

  • gain an academic qualification in Physical Education.

  • gain the necessary knowledge to lead a healthy and active lifestyle when they leave the Academy.

For further information please contact Joshua Connolly

View the latest sports news from our academy including results, match reports and bulletins.

Curriculum summary

Key Stage 3

At Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, the Physical Education department offers a comprehensive range of individual and team-based activities to allow the students to engage with our curriculum with optimism and confidence.
Whilst enjoying and improving on their sporting abilities, students will develop an extensive knowledge of sports and exercise, learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle which will support them in making informed lifelong decisions about health and fitness in their future lives.
Students will have two hours of practical PE each week taught by our excellent staff in one of our state-of-the-art-facilities. To prepare the students for the rigours of Key Stage 4, each practical lesson will be subtly underpinned by a theoretical aspect such as: how to evaluate performance and reflect on feedback; understanding the rules, regulations and safety aspects of sport; or fairness and social responsibility.
Students also have the opportunity to develop their practical abilities through participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Here students have the opportunity to compete at local, regional and national levels. Download our extra-curricular programme.

Year 7

The curriculum for Year 7 focuses on introducing structured activity to PE lessons. Students will develop fundamental skills and learn how these can be transferred to wide variety of sports. 
  • Handball – rules, passing, catching, shooting, dribbling, movement
  • Rugby – rules, passing, catching, beating an opponent tackling, rucking
  • Football – rules, passing, first touch, shooting, dribbling, 
  • Lacrosse – rules, passing, catching, shooting, tactics
  • Athletics – sprinting, long distance, javelin, relay, shot putt, discuss, long jump, triple jump
  • Softball – rules, catching, throwing, fielding, batting, bowling
  • Cricket - rules, catching, throwing, fielding, batting, bowling
  • Basketball – rules, dribbling, passing, shooting, lay up
  • Badminton – grip, rules, serve, overhead clear, drop shot, smash shot
  • Hockey – rules, stopping, pushing, hitting and dribbling

Year 8

The year 8 curriculum is designed to allow students to explore more advanced sporting techniques before challenging their tactical knowledge in competitive situations.
  • Handball – regulations, officiating, zone defence, man to man defence, counter attack, three man runs
  • Rugby – rucking, mauling, scrummaging, lineouts, officiating
  • Football – regulations, officiating, tactics, defence, attacking, set pieces
  • Lacrosse – rules, passing, catching, shooting, tactics
  • Athletics – sprinting, long distance, javelin, relay, shot putt, discuss, long jump, triple jump
  • Softball – base tagging, scoring, regulations, tactical plays
  • Cricket – spin bowling, fast bowling, varied bowling, fielding tactics, front foot batting, back foot batting
  • Basketball – regulations, officiating, zone defence, man to man defence, fast break, counter attack
  • Badminton – regulations, officiating, movement, tactical play, doubles
  • Hockey – regulations, goalkeeping, Indian dribble and lifting

Key Stage 4


Year 9

Key Stage 4 starts with an introductory year to the basic concepts of the BTEC Sport level 2 specification. Students will now have a minimum of one hour of BTEC Sport theory per week on top of their practical sessions. These lessons are computer-based and the time is used to cover an overview of the course’s core content from units one and two. We also introduce the students to the expectations surrounding coursework deadlines and quality of theory work. Predominantly the curriculum will cover:
  • Football rules – throw in, corner, goal kick, handball, pass back
  • Football regulations – goal size, ball size, pitch size, players on the pitch
  • Football scoring systems – how to win a game, who wins the league, who wins the cup, what happens if games are drawn?
  • Football roles and responsibilities – how do we officiate a game of football? What happens if our officials do not possess certain qualities?
  • Badminton rules – serve, hit the net, out of bounds
  • Badminton regulations – height of net, weight of racket, size of court, number of players
  • Badminton scoring systems – how do you win a game, what if it is a draw,  how do you win a set, how do you win a match
  • Badminton roles and responsibilities – how do we officiate a game of badminton? What happens if our officials do not possess certain qualities?
Once students have learned and practiced these rules we begin to look at assessing performance. Using our state-of-the-art sports hall and tablets we record performance in team and individual sports and begin to try to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
Once these have been identified we allow students to try and further their skills by linking these to components of fitness and tailoring their PE lessons to improve performance.

Year 10

At the start of Year 10, every student is enrolled on the Level 2 BTEC Sport course. This is a very challenging course made up of two core and two optional units. As a staff team we have years of experience of delivering the course and work hard to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach or surpass their target grade. 
Students will follow a detailed assessment plan throughout the delivery of their two year course where they will be held to account over coursework deadlines. 
Unit 2 Practical Sport 
The first unit delivered is Unit 2 Practical Sport. This is a core unit which is based around practical sport. We have prepared students for this unit during the practical content covered in year 9 so it is a real chance for them to show off with their coursework and practical performance.
Unit 2 Practical Sport: Learning Aim A
Learning aim A covers the rules, regulations and scoring systems of an individual and a team sport as well as the roles and responsibilities of the officials who control the game. Each student will choose two sports of their choice and produce a detailed PowerPoint presentation as their first piece of submitted coursework. Students are assessed practically in this assignment based on their ability to officiate in their chosen sports. Students use the department tablets to record themselves and take pictures which are then inserted into their PowerPoint and annotated as evidence. 
Unit 2 Practical Sport: Learning Aim B
Learning aim B requires students to demonstrate the technical and tactical demands of an individual and a team sport in isolated drills, conditioned games and a full competitive situation. A written script is then produced by the student to complement their video and to explain why the skills they demonstrate are important to each sport.
Unit 2 Practical Sport: Learning Aim C
Learning aim C takes sports analysis to the next level. We film each student in their chosen sports before taking them to the sports science lab where they begin in depth analysis of their own performance. This learning aim has strong numeracy links as students use data to evidence their strengths and areas for improvement. Each student then creates a development plan including long and short term goals to help them improve. 
Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise
Unit one is an externally-assessed one hour exam. The exam is made up of 50 marks and taken on the computer. We teach this unit through book work and then the students apply their knowledge in a practical activity.
Unit 1: Learning Aim A
The components of physical and skill related fitness. Here our students learn that fitness is compiled of 11 different components and these apply to either physical or skill related fitness. For each component student will be taught the definition, examples of athletes that require them, how it helps them to be successful and the consequences of having a deficiency.
Unit 1: Learning Aim B
Students are taught how to train effectively and safely. We look at each method of training and show the students exercises that can be incorporated within each method. Students learn the principles of training (how to plan a training programme) and the aerobic and anaerobic training zones.
Unit 1: Learning Aim C
Students take part in a number of fitness tests before being taught how to test each component of fitness. We discuss the reliability and validity of each test and the importance of being able to interpret results to monitor and improve performance.
Students in year 10 have the opportunity for extra support every morning from 7.30 – 8.00am or any evening after school. PE staff are dedicated to helping the students achieve. Intervention sessions are engaging and are a great chance for students stretch their learning.

Year 11

Unit 6 Leading Sporting Activity: Learning Aim A
Students are taught the skills, attributes and responsibilities of a sports leader through practical activity and research tasks. We look at 22 specific attributes before choosing two sports leaders to compare and contrast. Students produce and in-depth study around one PE teacher and one professional coach, drawing conclusions on the similarities and differences.
Unit 6 Leading Sporting Activity: Learning Aim B
Our favourite learning aim … Each student has to plan two detailed practical sessions before delivering one of them on video in the sports hall to a group of their peers. NOT EASY! And a good chance for the students to gain a bit more respect for just how difficult it can be to teach a group of year 11 students! The student will follow their session plan to deliver a 30 minute session consisting of a warm up, skill introduction, main component, conditioned games and a cool down.
Unit 6 Leading Sporting Activity: Learning Aim C
The session review. For all good sports leaders or teachers, being a reflective practitioner is essential. The students use video evidence, teacher feedback forms and participant questionnaires to evaluate the strengths and areas for improvement from their delivered session. After justifying ‘what went well’ and ‘even better if’ they create individual SMART targets to help improve their future performance as a sports leader
Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness : Learning Aim A
For this task students are shown how to collect personal information through medical questionnaires and health screening. They then use this information to aid planning an engaging training programme to help meet their SMART targets. This is a very challenging assignment as they must justifying every part of their six week training programme in order to hit the distinction criteria.
Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness : Learning Aim B
Students get to grips with adherence factors (barriers that can affect training) and then think about strategies that you can put in place to overcome these barriers.
Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness : Learning Aim C
Each student completes their own six week training programme. We use lesson time to cover the minimum of one session per week and students complete their additional training in their own time. Together we collate photographic and video evidence of training being completed and each student keeps their own personal training diary to follow their progress towards their goals.
Unit 5 Training for Personal Fitness : Learning Aim D
The students review their training programme and come to their own conclusions about how successful the programme design has been. They discuss their strengths and areas for improvements before providing future recommendations for future training and performance.



Key Stage 3

Half termly assessments by the classroom teacher following the Harris Federation Physical Education mastery statements and practical level descriptors.

Key Stage 4

NQF Level 2 BTEC Sport

Unit 1 – 1 hour test externally set and marked. Approximate grade boundaries:

  • Pass – 50%
  • Merit – 68%
  • Distinction – 86%

Unit 2 – Practical Sport , Unit 5 – Training for Personal Fitness and Unit 6 – Leading Sporting Activity - assessed via coursework with approximately three assignments set per unit.

  • Each assignment can be marked as fail, pass, merit or distinction.
  • Each assignment can be resubmitted once in order to improve a grade.

An overall grade will be awarded at the end of the course which takes into consideration the grades achieved in each unit.


Examples of work


Year 9 BTEC PE homework

Year 9 BTEC PE homework is based on mock assignments to prepare students for when they start the course in Year 10. These mock assignments are designed to give them the full knowledge of the course so that the transition to Year 10 allows them to feel comfortable on the course. This year will give them an opportunity to understand the standards and expectations of presentation and referencing in assignments.

Year 10 BTEC PE exam unit homework

The idea of this homework is to allow boys to have the time at home to independently work on their exam content for the BTEC exam. This exam will count for 25% of their final Year 11 grade. Students will undertake a self-marking quiz on They then receive instant feedback from the test if their answer is incorrect.

Year 10 BTEC PE coursework homework

The idea of this homework is to allow the pupil to have the time at home to independently work on their coursework and ensure that drafts are up to a suitable standard before the final BTEC PE assignment is completed. Students will be expected to complete these tasks on a word processer. This homework will directly affect the grade they achieve at the end of their BTEC PE course.

Year 11 BTEC PE homework

The idea of this homework is to allow the pupil to have the time at home to independently work on their coursework and ensure that drafts are up to a suitable standard before the final BTEC PE assignment is completed. Students will be expected to complete these tasks on a word processer. This homework will directly affect the grade they achieve at the end of their BTEC PE course.

Extra Curricular PE

Our latest list of PE clubs below, including handball, badminton, rowing and football, is available on our Clubs and trips page.

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.

Key Stage 3 students are internally assessed by their classroom teacher every half term. They are assessed practically using level descriptors set by the Harris Federation. They are also assessed against ‘mastery statements’ which allow them to demonstrate their theoretical understanding of the content covered. All Key Stage 3 students in the Harris Federation will sit an end of year exam.

Key Stage 4, BTEC Sport students will sit an externally assessed 'unit one' exam during Year 10. This exam is worth 25% of their final grade. Therefore, students are only entered when we are fully confident they are adequately prepared to achieve the top grades. We help them prepare by teaching the subject content through theory and practical lessons and then underpin their newly acquired knowledge during a tailored intervention plan. Students will move into a ‘Progress Session’ form group led by an experienced PE teacher which will give each student an extra two hours per week of study support and preparation time. During these sessions we cover exam technique, key definitions, longer answer questions and sit mock exams. The stretch and challenge tasks used during these progress sessions really do push all students to maximise their outcomes.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Revision links - Brian Mac sports Coarch - GCSE Bite size link that provides good short answer questions revising the key topics covered in BTEC Sport - a useful website for key definitions and terminology - a useful website that contains key definitions as well as coaching tips that can be used in BTEC coaching units.


Studying sport and physical education provides the both the knowledge and skills as well as the attributes and character that are useful across a range of future careers.

Attributes developed during PE lessons:

Communication – The ability to communicate with team mates who are underperforming could be used at work when managing staff

Teamwork – The success of any team is based on how well they can work together rather than the individual strengths of each individual

Resilience – Sport has winners and losers.  Experiencing failure and learning from it so the same mistakes are not repeated is important in any profession.

Work Ethic – Talent is not enough.  In the world of sport and work, hard work must be used to make the most of your ability.

Leadership – Building a successful career will normally require leading and managing others; an attribute that is developed in sport.

Potential career pathways

  • Sports coaching
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Leisure industry
  • Personal training
  • Physical therapy
  • Youth work
  • Teaching
  • Emergency services
  • Armed services

Faculty Fridays

Faculty Fridays are regular competitions between our four learning hubs, when teams compete across different years and sports. Our Faculty Friday captions are listed below. For further information including results and reports visit the sports news page.


Active Science


Creative Voice

World Studies


Jermaine H-B

Nyake K

Amari A

Leo G


Gareth A

Jesse L-S

Abdul K

Harry B



Rio M

Roney A

Yahya A


Jordan R

Micheal O 

Tyrell T

Mukthar D


Jack Petchey Awards

Jack Petchey Logo

The Jack Petchey Oustanding Achiever awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of our outstanding students. The awards are run by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Every student that wins a Jack Petchy award receives a £200 voucher for Harris Boys’ Academy and will be invited, along with family or guardians, to attend the coverted Jack Petchey Foundation Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.

Jack Petchey medalA student can be nominated for any positive reason that a teacher feels would warrant a reward. Some previous nominations include:

  • Excellent sporting achievement
  • Demonstrating outstanding morale skills through helping a student in need
  • Demonstrating a superb ‘thirst for learning’ through self-motivation

After a student has been chosen from the nominations, he will receive a certificate and a Jack Petchey badge to wear with pride on his blazer around the Academy. The student will then have the opportunity to liaise with staff  to decide on an effective way to spend their £200 voucher.

The voucher can be used to buy any resource for the department or Academy, under the condition that the resource may be accessed by ALL students in the Academy. Some of the resources that have previously been purchased include:

  • Nikon cameras for the Academy
  • Handball kit for extra-curricular clubs
  • Kindles for tutor groups

Recent winners

Details of recent winners can be found in our news section.