The department has 5 full time and 1 part time member of staff. We also have additional staff members who run various extra-curricular teams and clubs.

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

Group Activity Programme KS3

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 course in PE follows the AQA examination board. This qualification comprises a practical examination worth 40% and a written examination worth 60%. The two year BTEC Sport qualification comprises of 6 written assignments (60%) and an exam (40%).


Curriculum Plan

PE GCSE Two Year Overview

Group Activity Programme

PE Year 11 Options Programme Curriculum Map

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. 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 Climbing

For those who have opted for GCSE PE, a resedential climbing trip will take place in year 10, to assess as part of the individual activity for GCSE PE.

Swimming/Personal Survival/Life Saving

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

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)