Bedminster Down School



The PE department aims to give students the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, both in lessons and through extra-curricular clubs. Our ethos is to try to make PE as enjoyable as possible for all ranges of ability. While we value talent, and always look to push and provide opportunities for our more able students, if any pupil has a positive attitude and is trying their best to improve then we are equally as happy with them, irrespective of their ability level.



The curriculum through Key Stage 3 is progressive and designed to allow all students to develop their physical abilities and understanding of performance in a range of activities. Pupils participate in a wide range of activities in lessons, and further activities are available through our extensive list of extra-curricular clubs.

Pupils also get the opportunity to compete in six different Inter-House sports competitions throughout the year.

Students also get the chance to take on sports leadership roles by running festivals and events for our local primary schools.

For those students with an interest in studying PE further, we offer GCSE PE and GCSE Dance at Key Stage 4. This provides students with opportunities to study topics around sport, health and fitness, as well as further developing their physical abilities.



Pupils in KS3 are assessed in each activity they participate in, using our assessment tool Doddle, to assess the skills they can do, and those they are still working towards.



Throughout KS3 girls will study activities that include netball, gymnastics, hockey, football, tennis, rounders, athletics, dance, tag rugby, and dodgeball.

There will also be extra-curricular opportunities for girls to participate in a range of activities including cheer, cricket, rugby, dance, table tennis, boxercise, football, netball, tennis, rounders, dance, athletics, and badminton.

Throughout KS3 boys will study activities that include rugby, basketball, badminton, football, gymnastics, hockey, tennis, athletics, cricket, rounders, softball, and dodgeball.

There will also be extra-curricular opportunities for boys to participate in a range of activities including football, rugby, basketball, cricket, tennis, athletics, table tennis, boxercise, table tennis, and badminton.

There will also be opportunities for pupils to try alternative sports in lessons including ultimate frisbee, tchoukball, goalball, and volleyball.

We will also look to enter any local events if we have pupils who wish to compete, such as the Bristol cross country, swimming and golf championships.

Finally, we will look to sign up for other interesting events that become available if they provide new opportunities for our pupils. In the last couple of years this has included a watersports club (rowing, sailing, kayaking), a mini modern pentathlon (fencing and pistol shooting), a sports day for SEN pupils, and the Bristol Festival of Sport – an event for pupils who like sport but are less confident about taking part and joining school teams.