P.E. & Sports Science

The Physical Education Department aims to provide children and young people at New Mills School with learning experiences that enable them to develop the knowledge, motivation and competence to live a physically active life. The program pupils follow develop pupils physically, morally, intellectually and socially within an educational context where pupils are valued and cared for.

Physical Education at New Mills School forms part of the core curriculum where all pupils have access to the PE provision. We also Physical Education as national qualifications at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Physical Education offers a range of physical activities within, and beyond, the curriculum to engage children and young people in purposeful, worthwhile, enjoyable and enriching learning experiences. We aim to addresses a broad range of educational objectives through well planned and developmentally appropriate physical education programmes.


1 sports hall (4 badminton/1 netball/1 tennis)
1 Gymnasium
4 outdoor netball courts
2 football pitches and 2 small sided multi use pitches
4 tennis courts
1 redgra multi-use pitch
1 cricket pitch
4 rounders pitches and athletics throwing, running and jumping areas marked out in summer


Our Physical Education provision is designed to offer the pupils a wide range of activities from the following areas of activity:

  1. Games: football, rugby, basketball, hockey, tennis, badminton, netball, cricket, rounders
  2. Aesthetics: gymnastics, trampolining, dance, cheerleading
  3. Athletic Activity: athletics
  4. Fitness: health related fitness, aerobics, boxercise
  5. Outdoor Adventurous: orienteering and a week’s residential experience for pupils in Years 8 & 9.

Spiritual Development in PE

During the range of activities that students participate in, whether core PE lessons, GCSE & A’ Level PE lessons or extra-curricular PE sessions students develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Students are consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and showcase a willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Moral Development in PE

PE in general teaches students about code of conduct, etiquette, handshake before and after matches, applauding the opposition, fair play, unwritten rules and sportsmanship. In every lesson students abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of sport and the importance of infringements such as penalties and red cards allow students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps students apply this understanding to their own lives.

The concepts of self-discipline to excel are essential. Students are taught that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and if you can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself.

Social Development in PE

Students in PE use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social setting, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

Cultural Development in PE

The PE department encourages a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.