Physical Education

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

- John F. Kennedy

Welcome to the PE department at GTS. We are a lively department and our primary aim is for all pupils to experience achievement and satisfaction through the challenge of physical activity.  This may be done through a wide variety of opportunities available. 

We actively encourage pupils to not only perform in physical activity and sport but also to coach, lead and officiate. Our extensive extra-curricular programme is one that we are always looking to develop/enhance and we actively encourage all pupils to participate in clubs beyond the normal school hours to compliment the work carried out in PE lessons and develop a healthier lifestyle.

KS3 Curriculum

All pupils will undertake programmes that cover the following, however, the choice of pathway taken in Year 8 will affect the depth of study in them:

  • Strategies and Tactics

  • Performance

  • Coaching

  • Healthy Active Lifestyle

  • Intellectual and Physical Challenges

Lessons are taught in single-sex groups (where the timetable restraints allow) and grouped by ability.
All the pupils will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of different sports in which to develop the areas identified above. Examples of the sports on offer are Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Climbing, Badminton, Volleyball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Orienteering, Trampolining, Handball, Athletics, Cricket and Rounders to name but a few.

All year 8 pupils also take part in a joint PE/Science project where they look at how and why astronauts prepare for deep space travel and the effect this has on their bodies.


KS4 Curriculum

From year 9 onwards, all pupils will have two 100 minute lessons and a 50 minute lesson per fortnight of core PE. Additionally, all year 9 pupils will have the option to follow the OCR Cambridge National Award in Sports Science. This is a GCSE equivalent and pupils have the opportunity to gain A*-E grades (Level 2 Distinction* - Level 1 Pass) with the appropriate points attached. In year 9, 10 and 11 pupils will access the theory element of the course through an additional 250 minutes of PE lessons over a fortnight.

The OCR Cambridge National is made up of four units; 

  • Fitness and training – 4 assignments. 

  • Sports nutrition – 4 assignments. 

  • Technology in sport – 4 assignments. 

  • Sports injury – assessed through a written exam.

Elite Athlete Academy (EAA)

We are always supremely proud of our extremely talented pupils who go on and represent their sports to higher levels, and have a long tradition of this at GTS. Many current pupils are representing to a very high standard and alongside their studies are extremely busy training to remain at this level. Whether it be footballers playing for Exeter or Yeovil, Rugby players at Exeter Chiefs, Athletes at National Level, Swimmers at County level or Netballers at Regional level (to name but a few) we help to nurture this talent by placing them into our Elite Athlete Academy.

Once they have been identified they are offered mentoring to help with the balance of activities (training and school work) so that we can help to support them in the best way possible on their journey to success – academically and practically! The PE staff always ask but if you take part in sport outside of school to a high level and we don’t know about it, pop into the PE office and speak to Mr Bolton for more information.

Staff Members


Team Leaders of Sport

Mr Guy Cooke

Mr Matt Bolton

01805 623531 Ext. 253


Mrs Charlotte Frickleton

Ms Nicola Miller-Marshall

Mr Adrian Avery

Mr Matthew Rhymer

Mr Andy Bloodworth