Physical Education

Welcome to the Hampton college Physical Education department. We are proud of our PE and school sport and have had many successes since the College opened in 2005. The PE staff are highly committed to teaching outstanding PE lessons and providing a wide range of opportunities through a broad and balanced curriculum and by offering an extensive extra-curricular programme, at lunchtimes, through coaching workshops and school teams, that take part in local, regional and national competitions.

As a result of the hard work of the PE department and the excellent participation rates, the school was awarded the Silver School Games Mark.

Physical Education is a major core subject, compulsory for all pupils in Years 7 to 11 and is offered as an option subject at Level 2 through GCSE Physical Education and the BTEC first award in Sport and at Level 3 as an A and A2 option in KS5.

Physical Education is regarded as a vitally important contributor to the school ethos, curriculum and extra-curricular program, as well as an important part of the Hampton community. The PE department has a high profile within the school and is committed to ensuring that the delivery of Physical Education provision and out of hours learning is of a very high quality.


The Department comprises of four full time specialist teaching staff. In addition, staff are employed to assist in the delivery of Physical Education out of hours learning.

Mr M. Goode (Head of Physical Education)

Miss N. Napier (2nd in Department and Schools Sports Coordinator)

Mr T. Quy (Teacher of PE and Head of Polaris House )

Miss R Bowd (Teacher of PE and Head of Sirius House)

Mr M Edgell (Teacher of PE and Science)

The Sports Facilities at Hampton College have developed over time and offer a vibrant and well equipped learning space:

  • A four badminton court Sports Hall with a sprung wooden floor and three indoor cricket nets. This space also offers the possibility of delivering Basketball, Volleyball, Netball and Tennis and can be used for the teaching of Gymnastics, Dance and Trampolining.
  • A small gymnasium that can be used to deliver gymnastics to small groups, dance, table tennis, fitness activities such as circuit training and multi sports.
  • A fitness suite that is fully equipped for the teaching of fitness activities and the development of healthy and active lifestyles in KS4 and KS5, as well as indoor rowing for KS3.
  • A hard court area consisting of four tennis courts and four netball courts as well as three five a side football pitches.
  • Substantial playing fields that incorporate an artificial cricket wicket, a long jump pit and throwing circles for athletics events.   There are also pitch markings for Rugby, Football, Athletics and Rounders.
  • An outdoor basketball court and 3 outdoor permanent table tennis tables that are mainly used for lunchtime recreation, but can be used for PE lessons when required.

‘High quality and embedded physical education systematically develops physical competence, confidence and fluency so that children are able to move to learn efficiently, effectively and safely. They understand fundamentally what they are doing, how they are doing this and why. They learn through ‘doing’. The outcome -physical literacy’

PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyze the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situation.

At Hampton College we will continue to offer all students a ‘broad’ and ‘balanced Physical Education experience as we change to the guiding principles of curriculum design, as set out in the new Physical Education National Curriculum (September 2014).

The Curriculum will be a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities will be provided to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The curriculum for Physical Education has been designed and delivered at Hampton College to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Hampton College is renowned for its extensive extra-curricular programme. The Physical Education department sees their extra-curricular programme as an imperative role for the overall development of the students at the school. 

There are a variety of clubs designed to meet the specific needs and abilities of all students. We offer a ‘Sport for all’ programme at lunchtimes which is open to all students and we offer an elite programme of sports for our ‘Talented’ performers, coaches and officials that involves extended learning/coaching through a variety of workshops led by qualified coaches and competitive inter school fixtures, competitions and festivals, led by Hampton College teaching staff.

All students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of inter-house competitions, in particular students will be encouraged to take part in the college’s annual X country championship in Years 7,8 and 9 and represent their form group in an event during the summer sports day.

In addition to the opportunities delivered by teaching staff at the College, the PE Department also work alongside outside agencies and elite sports coaches/clubs to deliver further opportunities to take part in sports and physical activities. These have recently included Multi Skills and Boxercise workshops with Youth Dreams Project, rugby coaching with Northampton Saints, table tennis coaching with Archway Table Tennis, disability coaching courses and girls cricket with Hunts Cricket.

We do not exclude students who do not conform to a certain physique or whose ability level is not high. We aim for students to learn to handle success and failure with dignity, to embrace cooperation, show respect for others, with fair play and positive sporting behaviour.

All pupils are offered the opportunity to study the more theoretical aspects of Sports and Physical Education, through classroom based work and research, performance in isolated and modified practice and full competitive scenarios in a range of sports and coaching when required; including analysing that performance through video analysis and written coursework.

At KS4 students have the option of studying the subject as a GCSE or a BTEC First Award in Sport (From September 2018).

At KS5 those students staying onto Year 12 and 13 can continue their studies in the physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of sport by opting for A Level Physical Education.

In all of the above courses students may be offered opportunities to gain further qualifications in leadership, coaching and officiating. These are seen as excellent additions to any CV and can provide excellent pathways into sports related careers or further education courses.

Over the last 10 years the College has forged strong links with other secondary schools in Peterborough, our partner primary schools in Hampton and many community clubs and associations through the school sports partnership.

Through these links, Hampton College PE department is striving to encourage as many students to participate in five hours of sport, physical recreation and leisure during school hours and out of school in the local community.

The school sports coordinator is responsible for forging these links to enable this to happen and so far this has been done in a number of ways. Below is brief list of some initiatives that we, as a college have been involved in:

  • Inter Form and Inter School Competitions, such as sports day and X country
  • Primary Festivals for students in the 'Hampton' Hargate primary schools
  • Leadership initiatives such a Sports Ambassadors and Primary Festival leaders
  • Hampton Leadership Certificates
  • External Coaching workshops
  • Fund Raising through sport
  • Positive play
  • Gifted and talented days
  • JAE programme – mentoring
  • Intra school competition
  • Fitness and skill development sessions for different groups
  • Active work place for staff at the college through the ‘Well Being Group’.

Pupils at Hampton College show a strong commitment to making PE and school sport a valuable and important part of their lives either by performing in, officiating or organising sport within their lessons, as part of school clubs or in the local community.

The ‘core’ curriculum and all extra – curricular activities are designed to be fun and develop an understanding of PE and sport so that all students leave Hampton College with the knowledge, confidence and skills to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle during their time at the College and have the knowledge and skills to carry this on once they leave at the end of Year 11 or Year 13.