PE & Sports Science

Department Staffing & Roles

Mrs J Lowry-Johnson 

Principal and Teacher of PE

Mrs N Johnson

Vice Principal and Teacher of PE

Miss A Bagshaw

Head of PE

Mr D Lewis

Head of KS4 Behaviour and Teacher of PE

Miss R Ronan

Teacher of PE

Mrs H Roberts

Teacher of PE

Mr M Johnston

Teacher of PE

Within Physical Education, we provide a diverse and engaging curriculum which challenges students both physically and academically. The Physical Education Department strives to deliver and provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all students regardless of ability. The welfare and progress of our students is at the heart of everything we do, and we endeavour to ensure that all our students achieve their full potential. We strive for all our students to experience a broad range of sports and activities as we aspire for our students to go on to maintain lifelong participation in sport and sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. We adopt a very inclusive approach. We believe in ‘no child unknown’ and, as a department, do our utmost to provide all students, regardless of ability, with a positive experience at OCA.

Every student at Ormiston Chadwick Academy studies two hours of Physical Education per week at key stage 3 (KS3) as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum. In addition to this, students also have one sports science lesson each week in year 7-9. As students progress into key stage 4 (KS4), they will select their options in which GCSE PE and the BTEC Sport Technical Award Level 2 is available. Students are guided upon their choices based on performance in previous years as well as their practical and academic abilities. If not selected, students will continue with a minimum of one hour per week of core PE as a government requirement.

  • Year 7: Two hours per week for PE and one hour per week sports science.
  • Year 8: Two hours per week for PE and one hour per week sports science.
  • Year 9: One hour per week for PE and one hour per week sports science.  
  • Year 10: One hour per week theory-based and two hours per week practical lesson.
  • Year 11: Two hours per week theory-based and one hour per week practical lesson.

**Please note: 10P1 and 11P1 will only have two lessons in total per week due to doing separate sciences.


The below table outlines a typical programme of study for students in years 7-9. A wide range of sports will be covered based on the focus and facility the PE group has each half term.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

KS3 Sports Science

Below are the curriculum maps for the three years of sports science.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


BTEC Sport


The Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby BenchmarkHow we will meet this:
1: A Stable Careers Programme¨       Career links are made explicit during PE and Sports Science lessons that are appropriate to the topic being delivered.¨       Careers notice board is present in the PE department with relevant information on a range of careers in sport.¨       University based trips to Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Loughborough for those students that may want to pursue a career in sport.
2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information¨       Career display down in the PE department which outlines different career pathways.¨       Career information is available to students and parents at year 8 options evenings.¨       Establish links with employers in the Sport industry. 
3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil¨       Specific advice and information can be given to students based on their interests and passions during option evenings and parent evenings.¨       PP funding for students that have interests in Sport and Performing Arts to have wider opportunities. 
4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers¨       Careers are linked to the schemes of learning and signposted to the students during these lessons to enhance their understanding of different careers.¨       Career links tracker in all sports science books to make the links in lessons explicit.¨       Career lessons at the start of term linking to PE, Sports and Dance.¨       Career of the month to be displayed on the careers board and referred to in lessons.
5: Encounters with Employers and Employees¨       Continue working with Halton Borough and Joe O’Biro.¨       Development of an Alumni page for PE and Sports Science from past students. 
6: Experiences of Workplaces¨       Looking at development of links with employers in Halton for students to attend their work placement in year 10. 
7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education¨       Continue to use links already established with LIPA, LJMU, Edge Hill and Loughborough. 
8: Personal Guidance¨       Surveys are frequently carried out to develop understanding of the type of interests and career passions. 

Links to Higher Education

These courses are linked to the colleges and FE institutes within the local area of Halton.

  • BTEC Sport First Award Level 3.
  • Physical Education A Level.
  • Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • Sport and Leisure Level 1 Certificate.
  • Sport (Sports Coaching) Level 2 NCFE Diploma.
  • Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise) Level 3 YMCA Diploma.

Here are some degrees that students could pursue at university level should they deem it a requirement to achieve their desired career pathway:

  • Sports Coaching and Development BSc (Hons)
  • Sports & Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Development & Management BA (Hons)
  • Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Therapy MSci (Hons)
  • Sport and Nutrition for Health BSc (Hons)
  • Science and Football BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Technology (with placement year) MEng (Hons)
  • Sport, Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Many of these courses are based on the those from universities in the North West of England such as Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool Hope University and Edge Hill. However, some courses are from Loughborough University where OCA have taken students on educational visits in the past.

Links to different Career Pathways in Sport:

The different pathways mentioned below are not the only career pathways that are opened up to our students through studying and gaining a qualification in sport. There are many more that are available; some of which become more accessible through the choice of FE courses once they have left the academy.

  • Sports coach
  • Sports journalist
  • Sports development officer
  • Nutritionist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Scientist
  • PE teacher
  • Sports lawyer
  • Leisure centre / gym manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports marketing, PR, communications and social media
  • Sports photographer.


Intervention will be implemented over the course of a year to accommodate the emerging needs of our KS4 students to support their learning. Sessions that will take place over the year are as follows:

  • BTEC Sport Unit 1 (examination) intervention.
  • BTEC Sport Coursework.
  • GCSE PE revision sessions.
  • GSCE PE practical moderation preparation.

Live Sport

There are plentiful opportunities each year for students to have an opportunity to watch live sport across a range of sports. The aim at OCA is for all students to have experienced a live sport event before the end of their OCA journey. Examples of live sport opportunities in the past are:

  • Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.
  • Women’s Super League football matches.
  • International netball matches.

Sport Fixtures

As well as opportunities for students to participate in sport enrichment activities; students can represent the academy in several different sports. Each year, we enter teams for a number of events and leagues in which we compete with other schools in the borough:

  • KS3 Netball mini tournaments and league.
  • KS3 & KS4 Girls Football tournaments and league.
  • KS3 & KS4 Boys Football league.
  • KS3 Girls Rugby tournaments.
  • KS3 Boys Rugby tournaments.
  • KS3 Indoor Athletics competition.
  • Cricket tournament (Girls & Boys).
  • KS3 Rouders league.

OAT Sports Cup

Since 2016, the Ormiston Academies Trust, have organised and held an ‘OAT Sports Cup’ in the summer term. This event is designed for all schools across the country within the trust to compete against one another at the Stoke Athletics Stadium. A selection of students across each group are chosen to represent the school in either athletic events, rugby, football and netball. This is a great experience for the students and a lovely opportunity to mix with other students from OAT academes across the country.

Sports Day

Each year sports day is a whole-school event that usually takes place in the last week of the summer term. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to take part in some capacity with the wide range of events and activities over the course of the day. Events include some of the more traditional events such as 100m sprint, 200m sprint and the 4x100m relay; but also, events such as rounders, football and indoor glow sports. Students have a chance to work together as a team with peers in their form and house to compete for the crown of ‘Sports Day Champions’.


The PE department are known for the running of the London residential and more recently, the water sports residential to France. The trips are running every two years to allow suitable time for parents/carers to pay for the trips with enough time.

Both trips have been postponed since 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. However, this is hopeful to return as an opportunity for all OCA students starting in 2022.

France Water Sports

The trip is 7-days and up to 45 students across years 7-10 are eligible for this trip. The trip is organised with PGL to the resort Mimosa, South France. During this trip, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of water sport activities that include; kayaking, banana boats, piccolo boats, catamaran sailing, raft building and more. In addition to this, one day is allocated to students attending a local water theme park which is favourite of the students!


This is a 3-day residential to central London that is available to all students from years 7-10 with numbers up to 35 students. The trip is jampacked with experiences including; a live showing of a West End production, eating out at a restaurant, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, a full day at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament and a visit to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios.

University trips

To build aspirations and broaden our student’s horizon; there are opportunities for students in years 9-11 to attend different universities. These trips in the past have been organised with Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Loughborough University to provide students with a taste of life in further education. Many of the trips are tailored to suit the passions of the students and with information on how to achieve their career aspiration.