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The Physical Education department ensures the involvement of students in physical activity, through both structured and non-structured participation, within the school context. The PE department delivers a high-quality curriculum which inspires all students to achieve and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.

The curriculum comprises of all the major sports and physical activities in KS3, with development then in KS4 for other minority sports and options such as squash and use of the gym. All students are taught in both girls and boys groups and in mixed ability groupings. We meet the national recommended time allocation for PE and offer a wide range of opportunities to get involved with physical activity in our extra-curricular programme.

In year 7 students get the opportunity to go on a week’s residential to Bewerley Park where they experience a range of Outdoor Adventurous Activities.

The students at Nidderdale High School cover a number of activities within a practical PE lesson, incorporating the following sports and activities. This may differ due to year group, gender or curriculum time.

Football Netball Hockey Rugby Union Volleyball
Basketball Badminton Dance Gymnastics Orienteering
Athletics Cricket Rounders Tennis Cheerleading

PE curriculum:

In Key stage 3 and 4 core PE consists of 2 hours per week where we provide a curriculum that is broad and flexible in order to meet the needs of our students. Throughout the curriculum students explore a range of roles that include leadership, officiating and coaching. As well as focusing upon the benefits of physical activity students in Key  Stage 3 also follow a unit in healthy active lifestyles and in Key Stage 4 students are encouraged to think about their lifelong participation in physical activity. There is also an opportunity for students to take the Sports Leadership award.


We have a School Sport Organising Committee (SSCO) that compromises of House Captains and Sport Ambassadors. Students have the opportunity to develop their organising and leadership skills  by contributing to the extra-curricular programme and supporting primary school competitions which are held regularly throughout the year.

We also run the Level One Award in Sports Leadership, this is an external award which provides the key skills needed to become a leader.


The department's extra-curricular timetable compromises of clubs before school, at lunchtime and after school. We aim to provide opportunities for all students from dedicated team players to those that prefer more recreational activities. There is also an opportunity for students to take part in Outdoor Adventure clubs such as rock climbing. Many students are committed to their sport and physical activity with over 55% of Key Stage 3 students attending regularly, and this is something we thoroughly support.


There is an active house competition system that allows students to experience a range of sports in a competitive environment therefore being able to sense the belonging that competition brings about. The Fixture diary is extensive with regular fixtures and tournaments against Harrogate and Craven schools in a range of sports.


The department has excellent sport facilities that compromise of a large sports hall with 6 badminton courts, large field playing area, all weather pitch, multi-use games area, Dance studio, squash courts and dual use of the gym facilities and swimming pool.

FAQ about PE at Nidderdale High School  (September 2020)

Do they need Football boots this half term?  Football boots will be optional. They could be used for tag rugby but not essential this half term. Students might want to wear them for afterschool clubs when the extra-curricular timetable begins.  


What should they wear to keep warm and dry?  Please wear, as close as possible, plain black outer layers such as a fleece or waterproof jacket.  


What shoes should students come to school in?  We would suggest coming in your clean indoor trainers/ shoes as students will be able to swap into outdoor trainers before the PE lesson.  


What socks should they wear?  We would recommend wearing sports socks and have a spare pair of socks to change into. Students can wear football socks if they prefer.  


Will students know what activities will they be doing for each PE lesson?  The student PE timetable is on display in the PE area, students will be told what their activities will be each lesson in the first week of school. This can sometimes change depending on the weather and facilities.  


What shorts should they wear? You do not need to be the shorts form the stockist as long as they are predominantly black.  


What if it is cold and wet?  If it is cold and wet we will be advising students to put on their extra layers.  If students become wet or muddy they will be able to change after the PE lesson. We will be trying to get the balance right between the majority of PE lessons taking place outside and reducing the amount of time students spend in the changing rooms.  


Can students wear PE hoodies during the school day?  Students can wear PE hoodies on PE days or house hoodies or trip hoodies.