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As part of the health and welfare of every pupil, physical education is a core component of school life at Stover and pupils learn that staying fit and active is vital. We believe in a 'Sport for All' philosophy and pupils of all ages and abilities take part in some physical activity at least three days a week to complement their academic studies.

We are fortunate to have 64 acres of parkland within our grounds, so all pupils have opportunities to participate in sporting activities and outdoor pursuits. We have three rugby pitches, six floodlit tennis and netball courts, a golf course, an all-year cricket pitch and our newly built Sports Dome for indoor tennis and other activities.

As a small school, everyone has a chance to represent Stover in inter-school competitions and our fixture list is full in every academic year. Our talented youngsters often compete at county, regional and national levels. Sports scholarships are awarded in recognition of excellence.

As well as team sports, many pupils pursue other sporting interests, perhaps as part of their Physical Education courses, or as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Activities include golf, sailing, swimming, athletics, running and cycling. We regularly take pupils out onto Dartmoor for Orienteering activities and to train for the Ten Tors Challenge.

We also have strong links with local sports clubs, who often use our facilities in the evenings and at weekends.

In addition to the traditional team sports timetable of rugby, football, hockey, netball and cricket, pupils also participate in athletics, tennis, rounders, cross-country, golf and gymnastics. We regularly organise dance classes and combat challenges.


Examination Board: OCR                                                        Specification code: J586

Introduction: The specification offers students an opportunity to foster an enjoyment of physical activity and to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. There are two practical and two theory lessons per week, plus one prep per week.

Aims: To enable candidates to -

·         become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities

·         become increasingly effective in their performance in different types of physical activity and different roles.

·         develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in the processes of different types of physical activity and to maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.


Course Content:

You will learn about:

·         Key concepts, processes, opportunities, pathways and participation in PE

·         Underpinning practical performances with theoretical knowledge of anatomical, physiological and psychological demands of physical activity.

·         Healthy lifestyles and your healthy, active body

·         A variety of sports, four of which you must choose to be examined in.



Unit 1             An Introduction to Physical Education        

External assessment – 1 hour written paper (20% of total)


Unit 2             Physical Performance and Analysis 1

Controlled Assessment (internally assessed/externally moderated)

(30% of total)


Unit 3             Developing Knowledge in Physical Education

External assessment – 1 hour written paper (20% of total)


Unit 4             Physical Performance and Analysis 2

Controlled Assessment (internally assessed/externally moderated)

(30% of total)


Mrs T Craven BA (Hons)

A Quote from Stover

Set in 64 acres of attractive grounds, close to Dartmoor, Stover really can offer the best of both worlds, a great education set in a fantastic environment.

Dr Stone, Deputy Head

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