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In PE lessons at DPA, we encourage our pupils to develop their physical literacy and technical knowledge so that they can become well-rounded sports participants.


Due to the nature of our pupils, many of them have disengaged with physical activity in much the same way as they have done in the more academic subjects. Therefore, the aims of PE here at Derby Pride Academy are to re-introduce pupils to a variety of activities ranging from accessing the school gym to indoor rock climbing. Additionally, pupils can now complete recognised qualifications, such as the Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Sport Science.

The main aims of PE for Derby Pride Academy are:

  • To develop a sound knowledge and understanding of health and fitness;
  • To acquire and develop skills across a range of disciplines;
  • To take ownership of their own health and to make informed choices about their lifestyle.



Pupils will be taught in various ways in order to help them achieve their full potential within the subject. This is due to the majority of the pupils being keener to learn via practical ‘hands-on’ sessions, as opposed to a more written based session during blocks of theory work. Implementing the Cambridge National in Sport Science will help pupils appreciate how sport science underpins sport at all levels. They will learn about anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, improving personal fitness through appropriate training and diet, and the role of psychology in improving performance. Pupils will also be taking part in practical lessons, both in the gym and offsite, to further enhance their learning experiences.



Years 10 and 11 are currently working towards completing the Level 1/2 Cambridge Nationals Sport Science. Year 10 will begin studying the new specification in September 2022 which will consist of two modules in Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance and Nutrition and sports performance. Both units will be assessed via a synoptic project and must be completed prior to sitting a terminal exam in year 11 for the final unit entitled Reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions.

Year 11 continue to study the old specification and during the course of the year will complete units in Sports Nutrition and Technology in Sport. Both of these units will also be assessed through the completion of synoptic projects, however there will be an opportunity during the summer assessment window to re-sit the Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries exam for those that require it.



The new specification for Cambridge Nationals has been developed in order to place a greater emphasis on the final exam. However the changes make it difficult for certain individuals to complete all assessments within the allotted timeframes. Due to this, pupils arriving into the Academy during year 11 will no longer be required to study sport science unless they have already been participating in the same subject at their commissioning school. By doing this we hope to prevent new pupils being overwhelmed in their final year of school, ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is fully supported. Core PE lessons will still be timetabled for them in order to allow them take part in regular physical activity as well.

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