Meet the team
Stephen Turner - Curriculum leader
Melanie Petherbridge - Assistant Curriculum leader
Kevin Lott - Teacher of PE.

The staff are all specialist subject teachers and all continue to develop their own sporting expertise by continuing to participate in a range of activities. These specialists are complemented by the work of many other staff in Norham High School who aid in the delivery of sporting extra-curricular activities.

Subject overview
We aim to:
•    Provide a supportive environment allowing all pupils to access and enjoy PE
•    To support all pupils to achieve highly in both core PE and accredited courses
•    To provide opportunities outside of the curriculum for pupils to continue participation in sport and physical activity, whether their interest is competitive or recreational

‘Participate, Enjoy, Achieve’

We take pride in providing a high quality PE curriculum which inspires pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our curriculum aims to provide enjoyable opportunities for pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The program aims to provide enjoyable opportunities for pupils which allows development, progression and a sense of achievement.  We want our pupils to feel confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help embed values such as fairness, self-discipline, peer co-operation, patience, tolerance, teamwork and respect.

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities and pupils at Norham High School have many opportunities to develop their skills in a range of activities and sports beyond the school day.

Key Stage 3 
At KS3 we build upon and embed the physical development and skills learned in KS2. Pupils should become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across a range of different sports and physical activities. Pupils should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. Throughout the program a strong emphasis is placed upon the analysis of performance through peer assessment. Pupils will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life; understanding and applying the long term health benefits of physical activity. At KS3, our pupils will experience a wide range of sports and activities which support the wide range of interests of our pupils.

Key Stage 4

At KS4, pupils will tackle complex and demanding physical activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle. Pupils have an element of choice allowing them to develop expertise in their chosen field and develop the skills to meet their needs and interest areas.

In addition to the practical core PE classes all pupils have the opportunity to opt for an accredited course in PE and we study OCR Cambridge National Sports Science. Uptake is strong and many of our pupils continue to study PE and Sport at post 16.

The GCSE equivalant  course allows pupils to study all areas of sport. Pupils will learn about the effect of exercise on the body systems, dealing with injuries in sport as well as enabling them to develop training programmes.

The course consists of three units of coursework plus 1 external examination unit. All are equally weighted at 25% of the overall grade.   


  • Applying principles of training      
  • The body’s response to physical activity         
  • Sports nutrition
  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries (1 hour exam)   

All units can be entered for assessment a second time, should we feel the pupil requires the opportunity for enhancement. There is also the opportunity for units to be entered early, with some of the work being submitted prior to year 11 and the summer examination entry.


OCR Nationals Child Development

Our faculty area also offers the chance for pupils to opt into the GCSE equivalent course of OCR Cambridge Nationals Child Development.  

Pupils will complete a 1 hour examination based on their understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. 

This is supported by 2 coursework units which are independent research tasks, looking at the equipment needs of babies and young children and their dietary needs and researching, planning, carrying out activities with children, observing and reviewing child development norms. We have built up excellent links with outside nursery providers and this gives our pupils the practical opportunity to work with local toddlers and gain valuable experience necessary to pursue a career within a child care setting.  The child development course will also provide our pupils with the fundamental knowledge to pursue a career in midwifery, gynaecology and paediatrics. 

Again, all units can be entered for assessment a second time, should we feel the pupil requires the opportunity for enhancement. There is also the opportunity for units to be entered early, with some of the work being submitted prior to year 11 and the summer examination entry. 

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

The Physical Education Department will set homework regularly.  This will be completed in your child’s GCSE PE Homework Book.  Lessons, homework and resources will be personalised specifically to your child.  Please discuss homework and your child’s learning with them.  The Physical Education Department will provide revision resources including paper exams and cd-roms and also out of school hours learning experiences such as Lesson 7 intervention and holiday sessions and extra curricular clubs (masterclasses).

Please also ensure that your child arrives equipped to work on Physical Education days with their PE kit (please refer to our uniform page - ).  Feel free to contact the school at any time to discuss your child’s progress in PE  with any of the PE staff.   

Extra-Curricular Activities

In order to support our pupils in leading healthy, active lives and gain expertise and competition experience in their preferred area of study, we will provide and direct our pupils to our extra-curricular program. We currently have links with local sporting clubs which has seen an increase in extra-curricular participation and we hope to create more opportunities in the future.  Here is an example of what could and has been on offer; School Football teams, football development, Tynemouth United FC school rugby teams, rugby development, Rockcliff RFU, school basketball, Eagles Basketball development, badminton, cheerleading, Dance festival, Trampolining, Dodgeball, Athletics, Rounders, young leaders and Sports Ambassadors.

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