Welcome to the P.E Department


Bryntirion Comprehensive P.E Department is extremely committed to providing high quality teaching and learning experiences for our pupils; to ensure pupils reach their full potential and nurture wellbeing throughout their P.E experiences. The department is passionate about ensuring a range of extra-curricular activities are available for pupils to enable them to contribute to whole school life. We are extremely proud of the continued success and strong sporting tradition at Bryntirion; many pupils at the school compete at district, county, regional and international level.

The Physical Education curriculum is designed to encourage and nurture the physical, academic and social development of each pupil. The high quality P.E curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in a variety of activities. The department aims to develop an appreciation of physical activities and encourage habits of lifelong participation.

Physical Education lessons provide opportunities for pupils to develop skills in planning, performing and evaluating physical performance. Social skills are enhanced through tasks which promote mutual understanding, respect, co-operation and fair play. The establishment of pupil self-esteem through the development of physical confidence encompasses the ethos of the department.

Bryntirion Comprehensive has a range of facilities on school site for pupils to use during lesson time and extra-curricular sessions.

The department offers a wide range of activities via the 5x60 programme and through school extra-curricular activities. Thus providing pupils with opportunities to develop their sporting ability and prowess. 

The aims of the department are;

  1. Maintain and stimulate pupil enjoyment and interest in P.E and to promote health and fitness and lifelong participation.
  2. To develop physical competence and motor skills; develop necessary knowledge through a range of physical activities.
  3. Promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, this has the potential to improve their educational outcomes and their health and wellbeing.
  4. To develop pupils knowledge and understanding of principles and vocabulary related to physical education.
  5. Embed literacy and numeracy opportunities in lessons for pupils to develop these skills in a P.E setting.
  6. Encourage pupils to foster a range of desirable personal qualities; leadership skills, safety awareness, perseverance, initiative and independence.


Key Stage 3

P.E at Key Stage 3 builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our pupils Key Stage 2 experiences. Pupils will build on and develop their physical skills becoming more competent, confident and increasingly expert in their techniques and apply them across different activities. The department facilitates a wide variety of activities at Key Stage 3 ranging from gymnastics, dance, rugby, netball, basketball, swimming and hockey, health fitness and wellbeing, tennis and athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will be taught to understand the long term health benefits of physical activity.

Key Stage 4 Compulsory P.E Programme

Pupils follow a two year compulsory course that allows the pupils to participate in a range of practical activities that promotes health, fitness and wellbeing.

Pupils will continue to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed from the previous years. In addition to pursuing the sports and activities covered in Key Stage 3; pupils will tackle more complex and demanding ideas and concepts to fulfil their potential in each activity.

Students will be encouraged to get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle; the concept of ‘life-long’ activity is one which we try to instil as pupils prepare for life once they have left school. Fitness based activities can range from kettle-bell workouts, pilates and circuit training. All pupils will be encouraged to continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Key Stage 4 – P.E Qualifications

Pupils can opt to study GCSE P.E or BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport.

GCSE P.E is a very popular option chosen by both girls and boys. The course consists of 2 elements; practical and theoretical. Currently learners are assessed as a performer in four practical activities and a theory exam.

Following the GCSE course learners will become increasingly physically competent through being actively involved in a range of physical activities. Learners become increasingly effective in their performance in different types of physical activities (performer/leader/official).

The course develops a learner’s ability to engage independently and successfully in the processes of different types of physical activity. High levels of participation ensures a learner maintains their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy active lifestyle.

The P.E department has a credible reputation of excellent results at GCSE level and the success at BTEC level; we are very proud of the strong tradition of sporting talent here at Bryntirion.

BTEC Level 2 Certificate In Sport provides learners with a broad introduction to the world of sport. This qualification attracts learners who want to learn about the sports sector and maybe interested in pursuing a career in the industry.

A sample of units studied include; Sports Campaigning, Improving Sporting Performance, Fitness for Sport, Organising Sports Events.

The structure of the qualification has been designed to develop the understanding and skills of learners across the sport sector. Each unit looks at a range of possible job roles and activities. Each unit focusses on a specific aspect designed to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through the tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in the sports industry.

Studying this course enables learners to develop skills required for independent learning, transferable skills, ability to solve problems and enhance skills of project based research, development and presentation.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Edexcel).

The Sport specification has been developed to provide learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas. It gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Extra-Curricular Provision

Beyond the curriculum all pupils will have the opportunity to compete and represent Bryntirion Comprehensive; frequently competing in competitions and tournaments at local and county level allowing pupils to proudly represent their comprehensive school; building character andf further developing their physical skills and tactical knowledge.

The P.E department encourage all pupils to attend extra-curricular activities which take place both after school and at lunch time. There is a wide range of sports clubs available within Bryntirion Comprehensive School ranging from the more traditional sports such as netball, hockey, rugby (girls and boys) and football (girls and boys) as well as more modern activities; cheerleading, water based swimming activities (aqua zumba/water polo) and gymnastics.

We are very fortunate to have an onsite Rugby Development Officer at Bryntirion to develop and enhance the provision of boys and girls rugby within Bryntirion School and at our feeder primary schools. 


Pupils have access to a range of facilities at Bryntirion Comprehensive; P.E lessons and extra-curricular activities allow pupils to access and use the sports hall (consisting of 5 badminton courts/netball and basketball court), 17 meter swimming pool, all weather astro turf and school playing fields consisting of 3 rugby pitch and nine tennis courts.