Physical Education

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, analyse the situation and make decisions. Pupils 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 pupils 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. Pupils take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, pupils learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.


Sporting facilities at The Phoenix Academy










  • Our Sports hall contains three badminton courts and markings to play 5-a-side football, basketball, hockey and volleyball.
  • Outdoor athletics facilities – High jump, long jump, discuss and shot.
  • Outdoor basketball nets and posts.
  • Outdoor 7-a-side football pitch.
  • State or the art Gym Suite – 2 Treadmills, 2 Cross Trainers, 2 Rowers, Free weights and Pull-Up Frame.

PE Qualifications studied at The Phoenix Academy

  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure
  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport
  • A variety of Aim Awards related to Physical Education


Assessment Key Stage 3
Pupils follow the National Curriculum in PE and are given a level in each sport they cover. The levels then are averaged out and pupils are provided with an overall level over the academic year.
Pupils’ current levels and targets are discussed at the start of each unit and suggestions on how they can improve. They are formatively assessed throughout the unit through teacher observations, verbal question and answering and self and peer assessment.
At the end of the unit pupils are assessed across the five strands of the PE curriculum

  1. Developing Skills
  2. Making and Applying Decisions
  3. Evaluating and Improving
  4. Physical and Mental Capacity
  5. Healthy Active Lifestyles

Key Stage 4
Pupils in KS4 are formatively and summatively assessed through BTEC coursework. Each pupil has to complete various assignments related to their unit assessment criteria. Each assignment is internally verified to ensure quality assurance and consistency. Pupils at The Phoenix Academy use photographic and video analysis to self and peer assess. Pupils find this visual form of assessment a useful tool in evaluating and improving their own and other’s performance. Pupils are also practically assessed through visual observations and verbal questioning.



Inspire+ is a local sporting charity run by Mr Vincent Brittain, and the charity aims to provide, promote and encourage high quality PE to pupils in primary, secondary and special schools. We have had a range of sporting coaches visit the school to deliver a wide variety of sports including football, badminton, gymnastics, squash and indoor rowing. Check the latest news page for updates.


Links with Sports Clubs

         Peterborough United            


Results and Fixtures

We organise numerous sporting fixtures for pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 throughout the academic year. We participate in sporting competitions against other special schools as well as taking part in mainstream fixtures. These matches are vital in developing pupil’s self-confidence and self-esteem, improving their social skills and increasing their practical capabilities.


Sports Captains

Each academic year the PE Department appoint a Sports Captain and Assistant Captain to represent The Phoenix Academy and their roles include:

  • Helping with inter-house sporting competitions
  • Helping with PE kit
  • Promoting good behaviour in PE and across the school
  • Representing the school in sporting fixtures and in leadership/ambassadorial roles in and out of school.


Sports Day and Inter-House fixtures

We have numerous inter-house sporting fixtures throughout the year in order to develop pupil’s competence within the sport and to improve social skills and self-confidence and self-esteem. We have our sports day at the end of the summer term, where pupils apply their skills across a range of traditional sports such as track and field events as well as other sports such as archery.


Sky Sports “Living for Sport” mentoring initiative

Living For Sport

Sky Sports Living for Sport is using sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people.
“Sky Sports Living for Sport helps young people to use sport to learn, amongst other lessons, how to learn from experiences, whatever the outcome. As sport has helped me, I hope to pass that message on to pupils I meet.”
Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador
The Phoenix Academy has been signed up to this initiative for many years and we have had the privilege of having numerous athlete mentors in school helping our pupils make positive choices in life. The programme has had a significantly positive impact on our pupil’s lives and the athletes are supportive of the work we do within school.

Click here for information on the programme