Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. This therefore enables holistic development of the student, allowing them to achieve their own personal best. 

Our curriculum aims to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, and encourages students to make healthy life choices. Additionally, they will develop a broader understanding of the skills and knowledge that is needed for them to be a life-long learner in PE and sport. Students will also learn leadership skills through roles such as coaching and officiating.

Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for students to engage in competitive sport and other activities that build character, resilience, ambition, curiosity and help to embed British values such as fairness, sportsmanship and respect.

The PE curriculum gives students sufficient knowledge to make informed choices about further/higher education and employment in the highly competitive sports sector.  PE is aiming to meet all relevant Gatsby benchmark standards (GB2, GB4, GB5, GB7), so that careers is embedded in our curriculum and PE staff are well equipped to advise students on their future careers.

Our broad and balanced curriculum enables learners to discover their interests and talents at KS3 and 4.  Our curriculum is designed to give all learners (particularly the most disadvantaged) the knowledge, skills and cultural capital to succeed in life.

We want our students to know how to stay healthy (physically and mentally), maintain an active lifestyle, as well as giving them plenty of opportunities to be physically active during the school day for sustained periods of time and through extra-curricular activities. A number of students are also able to utilise the Gym during lessons and this provides a natural pathway to become members of a gym, thus following a healthy, active lifestyle.

We want our students to be ready for the next stages of their lives, whether it be education, employment or training.

Curriculum Information

PE Kit

The Eastbourne Academy has an official PE Kit consisting of a polo shirt, with black jogging bottoms/shorts or sports leggings and sports trainers.

The grey polo shirt has the students' community badge sewn onto it, the jogging bottoms, shorts and sports leggings must be plain black. Full details of the PE Kit Policy can be found here.

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Our excellent facilities include a 3G astroturf surface, a sports hall, the Academy hall, a weights room, two squash courts, four tennis/netball courts, a dance studio, an OAA course and the Academy field area. We also seek to utilise facilities in the local community where possible, such as the Sovereign Centre and Buzz Active.  Students are required to wear a full PE kit for all lessons (see the uniform policy and the Academy shop).

KS3 Core PE

Students engage in twelve different sports/activity modules across the year including; Rugby, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics, Gymnastics, OAA and Netball. Alternative Games are also taught and Pathways into leadership offered.  Students progress through different schemes of work based on year group and ability.

KS4 Core PE

Students follow a curriculum pathway in Core "compulsory" PE, based on their areas of interest and expertise; Competitive sport, Recreational activities, Exercise and Well-being and/or Leadership.

KS4 PE Options
For students that wish to gain a qualification in Physical Education, we currently offer the NCFE VCert L1/2 Technical Award Health and Fitness and the OCR Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies L1/2 Award. These are vocational qualifications that are equivalent to GCSE grades and designed for students that are interested in pursuing a career in the sports/health and fitness sector or progress onto further study.



The PE department offers a very extensive extra curricular programme, that has recently been presented with the ‘School Games’ Bronze award. The range of clubs that are available each term varies between traditional team/individual sports and other recreational activities. The Eastbourne Academy not only competes in Eastbourne and its surrounding area but also in both County and National Competitions. This includes our annual participation in the prestigious ‘Town Sports’ Athletic competition. Most successes in recent years have been in Boys' and Girls' Football, Basketball, Netball and Rugby, which are celebrated at our very own Sports Awards evening.


PE trips are regularly planned to develop ‘Cultural Capital’ and enhance curriculum experiences.  Some of our trips have included visits to Wembley Stadium, The Sovereign Centre, Brighton University, Sussex County Cricket Club, The Amex Stadium, Twickenham Stadium, Branching Out, Buzz Active, Thorpe Park and New York working in conjunction with Humanities.  In 2021 we are excited to offer a Ski trip to Italy, which we hope will continue annually.