PE (Physical Education) combines practical physical activity with the study of aspects of the discipline and builds key skills such as team work, communication skills, leadership, analysis and assessment and social skills.
Physical Education is a core subject for all pupils in the First, Second and Third Form (Years 7, 8 and 9). They learn about health related exercise, physical competency, motor & movement skill development, badminton, basketball, volleyball, athletics, tennis, swimming and short tennis. Pupils are also annually entered in the department's "Born to Win" competition which tests them in a battery of physical challenges that provide data highlighting areas of athletic strength together with areas for development.
The GCSE course provides an opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity. The knowledge gained enables pupils to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance.
In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) Physical Education is offered as part of the wide variety of elective courses. Students engage in a wide variety of sports-related activities whilst studying for an AS in Physical Education over two years. The Reed’s SportsCAPE (Sports Careers and Athletic Performance Education Programme) comprises AS Level PE, coaching qualifications in at least two sports, practical coaching experience, coach mentoring, a Strength and Conditioning qualification, participation in a lecture programme dovetailing with the High Performance Programme (Nutrition, Sports Psychology, social media, injury management, performance analysis etc.), a Sports Careers Evening and involvement in the delivery of the Reed’s School Primary Forum events. This programme focuses on the development of practical and theoretical sports skills.
Physical Education A Level is being reintroduced to the Reed's curriculum from September 2022 so Sixth Form students can study the subject either as part of their core of three A Levels or as part of the elective programme through Sportscape described above.