Physical Education and Sport

Here we aim to give you an overview of the KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum at Downham Market Academy.

Department Contacts

Mr B SmithHead of
Miss N BuchananDeputy Head of
Mr P SouthamTeacher of PE / Assistant Head of
Mrs K StewardsonTeacher of
Mr M MossTeacher of
Mrs C GunnsTeacher of H&S Care and
Mr D MasdinHead of House / Teacher of
Mr P LopesTeacher of Performing Arts and

We expect pupils to arrive to PE lessons equipped to learn and with the correct attitude.  Please click here to be taken to the Uniform and PE Kit information page.  If pupils forget their PE kit, they will be offered to borrow from our small collection of spare kit.  If there is an ongoing issue, parents will be contacted and the issue resolved.  Incorrect attitude during lessons will be dealt with like any other lesson at DMA following the Academies Behaviour Policy.

Pupils will be expected to leave all PE lessons in their full uniform, unless attending extra-curricular PE or Dance.

Key Stage 3

Students in this Key Stage are provided with a wealth of different activities throughout their academic year.  Activities covered during varying points in the Key Stage include: Football, Netball, Rugby, Badminton, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Cricket, Basketball, Gymnastics, Multi-Games and more.

Students are assessed throughout the year on their, practical ability, coaching/leadership ability and their attitude towards learning.  These assessments are made in line with their potential physical ability against the new 9-1 GCSE grading system.

Towards the end of year 9, students have an opportunity to elect to study examination PE through the options process.

Key Stage 4

Students in this Key Stage have a similar diet of activities on offer to that of KS3.  However, core PE at this stage is based on engagement and lifelong enjoyment of PE and Sport.  Students are only assessed on their attitude towards the lessons.


Examination PE

At Level 2 we offer both a GCSE and vocational option at KS4.  Currently both follow the OCR examination board.

GCSE Physical Education (9-1) – If pupils elect to follow GCSE PE at KS4, they will follow a theory rich content as shown below.  It is really important that pupils are regularly participating at a good level in one or two sports in order to achieve highly at GCSE PE.



Cambridge Nationals Sports Science – If pupils elect to follow Cambridge Nationals, they will study two mandatory units and then two from a choice of four optional units. The teacher will select the most appropriate option for the group. Practical sport is built in to the Cambridge Nationals although not assessed.

R041 – Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Compulsory Units

R042 – Applying principles of training

R043 – The body’s response to physical training

Optional Units                   R044 – Sports psychology

R045 – Sports nutrition

R046 – Sports technology


Key Stage 5

Students who attend the DMA Sixth Form have the opportunity to study A-Level PE. Studying A- Level Physical Education will gives a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will do the students have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport. The current exam board for the course is AQA, in which the course develops the knowledge built from GCSE PE. 

Below is a breakdown of the course is structured and how students are assessed: 



For the practical aspect of the course it I strongly recommended for the students to be participating in sport outside of school to a high level and achieved at least a 5 in Science.

On this course you will learn a number of transferable skills which will allow you to move on to higher education. Students could go on to study degree courses in Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Sports Psychology or Sports media. Alternatively, a career in the leisure industry including management, coaching or personal training would be well suited to an individual studying this subject. 


PE and Sport Clubs

We continue to build on the extra-curricular offer at DMA, in order to provide students with a valuable opportunity outside of lesson time.  Our current extra-curricular timetable is below:

Click here to see the evolving extra-curricular timetable at DMA PE Department

There are also many opportunities to play competitively in a number of sports through the growing fixtures programme West Norfolk PE has to offer.  These include:

Fixtures List

To attend and be involved in Academy fixtures, students must return a signed Parental Permission slip to the PE Dept.  We will provide detailed information of any particular fixture via text/email home and/or a slip from the teacher in charge days before the fixture date.

Click here to see the up to date fixtures list for DMA teams (subject to change)

Click to view/download the Parental Permission Slip for fixtures

Click to view/download the Archery Permission Slip

Click to view/download the Badminton Permission Slip

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