Physical Education

Our approach to the PE curriculum

The PE department recognises that there are four separate categories that the high quality programme at The Fulham Boys School (FBS) can offer; PE Lessons, Games Lessons, Competitive Sports and Co-curricular Sports. These separate categories will enable sport to be freely available to all boys that attend the school; it will push those that are talented and encourage those who are less able. All pupils are entitled to benefit from high quality PE provision and there is significant evidence to show that this supports other learning right across the curriculum.

Physical Education also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence, social and team building skills. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to enjoy.

A high quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication. These skills are transitional between the key stages; from core PE in KS3 to A Level and BTEC at KS5.

Our approach to lessons


There will be up to 5 separate PE lessons occurring at one time. Games afternoons will take place at Hurlingham Park. Swimming will take place at Virgin Active, Fulham Pools. Rowing will take place at Fulham Reach for Year 9, 10 and 11.

Teaching Groups 


All classes are taught in academic sets; the PE and Games lessons will have mixed ability boys. There are a mixture of different types of PE on offer; there are invasion games, striking and fielding games, net and wall games and fitness. This variety supports boys in finding a sport they love and want to continue taking part in, well after leaving school.

Year 7s: Swimming, Handball, Badminton, Fitness, Cricket, Athletics, Gymnastics

Year 8s: Badminton, Basketball, Fitness, Cricket, Athletics, Handball

Year 9s: Handball, Badminton, Learn to row programme, Fitness, Athletics and a 'Welcome to KS4 PE theory block

Assessment for all KS3 lessons is done during the 6th week of each module. Pupils will be assessed on their application and knowledge and understanding of the skills they have learned. They will also be videoed for moderation in the game based scenarios.

KS4 / KS5 Examination Courses


There is one V-Cert Health and Fitness class and one GCSE class in Year 10 and Year 11. This equates to up to 40 pupils from the cohorts.

The V-Cert examination company is (NCFE) and the GCSE is AQA.


Current for A Level PE are on the OCR course which splits the topics into 2 years worth of work. The course is combined into 3 exams in Year 13, along with one practical sport and an evaluational analysis of a performance as well. The class sizes will be small to allow your son to get the best teaching possible in an environment structure for him and his peers to succeed.

This course is suitable for those looking to do a sports related degree at university, and also physiotherapy, sport and exercise science, sports coaching and strength and conditioning. 

BTEC L3 in Sport

BTEC L3 in Sport is run by Pearson’s over 2 years with there being the Level 3 Diploma (equivalent of 2 A Levels) and the Extended Diploma (equivalent of 3 A Levels). It is graded into Pass, Merit and Distinctions, with them all weighting towards UCAS points at the end of the second year. Throughout the two year course, the boys will have to complete internally assessed assignments on a variety of different sporting topics, as well as external exams.

This course is suitable for anyone looking to do a sports related courses at university.

For more information about any of the PE curriculums at KS4/5 please contact Mr Sanderson, Head of PE at

Department Staff


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