PE & Sport

At Westlands we believe a high quality PE curriculum should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to.

Through PE & Sport our students learn to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work, and ambition, leading to improved concentration, attitude, and academic success. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed.

A high quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.

Our PE curriculum will be inclusive and ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.

For further information please contact the PE Teacher Doug Mulholland (

The SHAPE Curriculum

Safe: Students are taught to follow various rules to promote safety in Physical Education, including:

  • Participating in a safe and controlled manor in Trampoline, understanding how to ‘spot’ for others and how to perform moves while reducing risk of injury
  • Learning how to participate in contact sports and developing techniques that diminish risk of injury.
  • Using sports equipment safely, understanding how it is used correctly in a sporting environment as well as how to move equipment before and after lessons.

Healthy: A healthy lifestyle is consistently promoted through PE. The value of activity is stressed throughout KS3 during core PE and then on a formal basis as part of the BTEC qualification particularly through unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness.

Personal hygiene opportunities are also available in PE.  Many students using the showering facilities when participating in practical sessions.

Attendance: Our students will only become successful if they attend lessons. To achieve this, we have created a curricular that engages with as many pupils as possible as often as possible.

Progress: Pupils are making good progress. This is evident by the 100% pass rate at BTEC level 2 for all students that have been entered over the past five years. In addition to this many students have gone on and furthers their sporting interests through both in School and community sports teams.

Employable: Our students will leave Westlands better equipped to go into the workplace through their engagement with our curriculum. Many leave with a BTEC level two in Sport and all will develop cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication, which are all vital when going on to post-16.

Westlands Academy
Eltham Crescent
Stockton On Tees
TS17 9RA

Tel: (01642) 883030


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