We also have additional staff members who run various extra-curricular teams, they are:

Mr Carter
After School Sports Club
Mr C Stretton
Carillion Facilities Management and Girls' Football
Mr Williamson
Year 9 Football Manager
Mr Barton
Year 7 Football Manager

The PE Department benefit from state of the art accommodation and equipment, which comprises of the following:

Sports Hall
4 badminton courts which also accommodates volleyball, netball and basketball courts.
Fitness Gym
4 running machines, 4 eliptical cross trainers, 12 Concept II rowing machines, 4 exercise bikes, a leg press weight machine, a pectoral fly weight machine, a Chest Press Machine, dumbells (1kg – 20kg), a selection of free weights and bars, skipping ropes, mat area.
Multi Use Games Area
2 netball/Courts
Floodlit 3G Pitch
Accomodating an 8-side Football Pitch

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 have two 60 minute lessons of PE per week and follow the guidelines of the National Curriculum. Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive one 60 minute lessons of Core PE per week. This is a continuation of the programme studied at Key Stage 3, but also offers other practical opportunities in activities such as aerobics, table tennis and volleyball for example. The two year GCSE coursein PE follows the AQA examination board. This qualification comprises a practical examination worth 40% and a written examination worth 60%.


Curriculum Plan

Group Activity Programme

Extended Curriculum

After School Clubs

Extra-curricular sporting activity is very important to the success of the department. Activities range from clubs which target and attract pupils of all abilities, to teams that attract elite athletes who compete in competitions both on a local and national level. Activities on offer include:

Each year we celebrate sporting achievement at Hollingworth by inviting all those pupils who have been involved in extra-curricular sport to our Awards Evening. This takes place at the end of each year at Rochdale Football Club. Each extra-curricular activity leader or team manager nominates an award winner for each sport, based on personal achievement and/or attitude. We also present a girls and boys overall Sports Personality of the Year award.


The PE department is active in organising trips that enrich the curriculum. Many of these take place after school, at weekends and during school holidays. GCSE enrichment/assessment opportunities are as follows:

GCSE PE Coniston Trip

Pupils are assessed, during a weekend, in orienteering and either kayaking or rock climbing. This takes place at Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre on Coniston Water each September.

Mountain Walking

Pupils are briefed and taught the basics of orienteering, first aid and survival techniques associated with mountain walking in GCSE PE lessons. Pupils then plan and navigate themselves around a route in the local surrounding Pennine hills.


Pupils are taught basic orienteering skills and then complete courses around the school site and at Queens Park in Heywood.

Swimming/Personal Survival/Life Saving

Pupils are taught and assessed in the above activities at Rochdale swimming baths.

Mountain Biking

Pupils can be assessed in mountain biking as part of their GCSE studies. This starts at Hollingworth Lake and pupils must safely navigate a planned route around the surrounding countryside.

Key Stage 3 Coniston Trip

In May each year Key Stage 3 pupils are invited to participate in an Outdoor and Adventurous weekend, from a Friday to Sunday, on Lake Coniston in the Lake District. Activities include sailing, kayaking, high ropes courses, ghyll scrambling and orienteering.

Ski Trip

Each year we organise a ski trip to Andorra. This takes place during February half term and is open to pupils from all year groups.


GCSE Courses for Physical Education

Subject Key Stage 4
Physical Education AQA GCSE Physical Education (8582)

Vocational Courses

Subject Key Stage 4
Sport Pearson BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness (BVJT7)