Physical & Outdoor Education

The Physical and Outdoor Education Faculty provides a broad and balanced programme of activities that students will find challenging, enjoyable and satisfying. Students of all abilities are encouraged to become fully involved and given the opportunity to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively through sport and physical activity. 

Curriculum overview

  • Year 7 – Three lessons per week.
  • Years 8 & 9 – Two lessons per week.
  • KS4 – Two lessons of core PE per week.
  • KS4 (options) – three lessons per week, plus additional revision sessions.

Options offered at KS4

  • BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport (Pearson)

Topics covered

The National Curriculum requirements are met at both KS3 and KS4. Throughout the academic year all students will follow a balanced programme of activities chosen to provide enjoyment and satisfaction which encourages students to develop a positive attitude to Physical & Outdoor Education and Sport.

Students will follow courses in four areas of activity:

  • Health Related Fitness.
  • OAA.
  • Athletics.
  • Games (rounders, cricket, football, handball, badminton, basketball, table tennis and softball).

The aim for all students is to gain an understanding of and develop the techniques used in each activity through the process of planning, performing, officiating and evaluating.

The curriculum develops a range of subject specific skills and it also helps students develop their confidence, leadership skills, decision making, teamwork, and the motivation to try and excel as individuals.

Pupils must wear full Burnage Academy PE kit in all lessons. Click here for information.

School Teams

School teams enter various competitions throughout the academic year through the Manchester PE Association and play intra-school fixtures after the school day has finished. Climbing sessions are held every Thursday after school on our purpose-built climbing wall by qualified members of staff, and pupils have the opportunity to take the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes once they have developed their climbing skills and technique when climbing different graded routes.

Pupils in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to take part in the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which is led by fully qualified staff. The school has established strong links with the Duke of Edinburgh Award team in Liverpool. Pupils in Year 8 have the opportunity to go on a two day residential at the school’s outdoor centre in Buxworth, Derbyshire. They attend Rope Race in Marple, Stockport where they take part in Archery and Canoeing. They will also take part in a hike around Derbyshire and stay overnight.


At Key Stage 3 there are four areas of activity followed, ranging from Leadership to Table Tennis. Pupils also take part in cross country in the school grounds.


At KS4 there are elements of choice, giving opportunities to develop new skills and build on existing skills. All students follow courses in Health Related Fitness and Athletics.

The Physical and Outdoor Education Faculty has maintained good links with local sports clubs and has visiting coaches from Manchester Futsal Club and Lancashire Cricket Club to enhance the curriculum. We have also established links with Burnage Rugby Club and use their facilities to offer alternative activities for pupils, such as rugby and foot-golf.


The faculty provides an extensive extra-curricular programme at lunch-times and at the end of each school day. There is a wide range of activities offered to the students which provides opportunities for achievement at high levels both for teams and individuals. Students in each year group take part in a programme of inter-house competitions throughout the academic year representing their respective forms/house.

There are clubs/teams in

  • Athletics (including cross-country running)
  • Indoor Track Cycling at National Cycling Centre, Manchester
  • Bike-ability (Year 7 only)
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Indoor cricket
  • Climbing
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Indoor rowing
  • Badminton
  • Archery

Physical Education Staff

  • Mr A. Trainor – Head of PE
  • Mr P. Johnson – Second in PE
  • Mr C. Agnew – PE Teacher
  • Mr J. Hylton – PE Teacher (Outdoor Education Coordinator)
  • Mr C. Stainton – PE Teacher
  • Mr D. McIlmunn – PE Teacher


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