Physical Education

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The Physical and Outdoor Education Faculty provides a curriculum that students will find challenging, enjoyable and satisfying. We aim to provide students with many different experiences within a diverse and engaging curriculum that challenges them both physically and academically.

Curriculum overview

Every student at Burnage Academy for Boys studies two hours of Physical Education per week as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum.  In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will experience a variety of sports and activities. 

At Year 10 and Year 11, students will have the option of studying the Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Sport.

  • Years 7, 8 and 9 - Two lessons per week.
  • KS4 – Two lessons of core Physical Education per week.
  • KS4 (options) – three lessons per week, plus additional revision sessions.

Options offered at KS4

  • Pearson BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 in Sport (2022)

Curriculum Aims

The Physical Education curriculum will promote a lifetime love of sport, physical and outdoor activity.  Throughout the academic year, all students will cover a wide variety of sporting and enrichment activities which will not only improve their sporting abilities but also their understanding of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.  Our five year curriculum promotes, teamwork, resilience, problem solving and leadership activities, which encourages students to develop a positive attitude towards Physical & Outdoor Education and Sport through sequenced lessons and a wide variety of different sporting activities.

Curriculum Journey

Year 7

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and activities throughout the academic year.  During this foundation year, pupils will learn and develop the fundamental skills in a range of sports and activities.  The aim is to open pupils up to the variety of sports and activities open to them and build upon their skills and knowledge from key stage two.

Year 8

Students will further develop all fundamental skills learned in year seven.  Pupils will further develop their understanding of the physical and skill related fitness requirements needed to improve in all sports as well as methods of training.  All students will develop their leadership qualities within lessons.

Year 9

Students will continue to develop and refine their practical skills to a more advanced level while focusing on improving their awareness of the physical and mental aspects of sporting success.

Years 10 & 11

Students will take part in two hours of Physical Education each week as well as having the opportunity to choose to study the Pearson BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 in Sport.

School Teams/Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

School teams enter various competitions throughout the academic year through Team Manchester and play intra-school fixtures. Climbing and Archery sessions are delivered on a Tuesday after school in our sports hall on our purpose-built indoor climbing wall led by qualified members of staff, and students have the opportunity to take part in the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme once they have developed their climbing skills and techniques on different graded routes.  Students have the opportunity to attend Awesome Walls Climbing Centre in Stockport with our staff to complete the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme.  Students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which is led by fully qualified staff. 

The Physical and Outdoor Education Faculty has established links with local sport organisations and has visiting coaches from the Lancashire Cricket Foundation and Burnage Wrestling Club to enhance our curriculum and extra-curricular provision. In addition, students in year 8 visit Debdale Outdoor Centre in Gorton where they take part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, for example kayaking and paddle boarding.  The Lancashire Cricket Foundation run a cricket development centre on a Tuesday evening in our Sports Hall and through the Chance to Shine programme pupils at Burnage Academy for Boys, local primary schools and members of our local community have the opportunity to learn and develop through cricket.  The Chance to Shine sessions are held in our sports hall on a Thursday after the school day has finished and run to 7pm.  In addition, the Lancashire Cricket Foundation deliver Urban Cricket sessions at different times of the academic year in our Sports Hall and on weekends and participants have the opportunity to represent the Manchester MCC Hub at fixtures in the North West and beyond.

Extra-curricular Activities/Clubs

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

Please refer to the extra-curricular timetable below for term one.  Parents/carers can book their son onto a club through Evolve Clubs.

There are clubs/teams in the following activities:
  • Athletics (including cross-country running)
  • Orienteering
  • Futsal
  • Fitness
  • Indoor Track Cycling at National Cycling Centre, Manchester
  • Bike-ability (Year 7 only)
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Wrestling
  • Indoor cricket
  • Climbing
  • Tennis
  • Short Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Archery

Physical and Outdoor Education Faculty Staff

  • Mr A. Trainor – Head of PE & Outdoor Education
  • Mr Hylton – Second in PE & Outdoor Education
  • Mr C. Agnew – PE/Maths Teacher
  • Mr C. Stainton – PE Teacher
  • Mr D. McIlmunn – PE Teacher
  • Mr M Wheatley – PE/Science Teacher


Physical & Outdoor Education Curriculum Plans
Subject Documents Date  
KS3 PE Curriculum Plan 06th Sep 2023 Download
KS4 Core PE Curriculum Plan 30th Aug 2023 Download
PE Learning Journey 18th Sep 2023 Download
An Introduction to BTEC Tech Award in Sport 2023 24 18th Sep 2023 Download