Tiverton High School boasts a fantastic PE department made up of experienced and passionate teachers with a huge range of specialisms. Each teacher delights in encouraging, engaging and inspiring young people to take part in and enjoy physical activity. Our aim is to inspire lifelong sporting passions in all pupils, regardless of ability. Throughout each individuals journey at THS they will experience a wide breadth of activities, ranging from traditional sports to alternative activities. Not only do we strive for sporting excellence in all we do but also value the wider importance of Physical Education as we aim to develop teamwork, problem solving and leadership. Our KS3 students enjoy physical activities which alternate half termly, alongside theory topics which are weaved within the lessons.

Many students take PE as one of their examinable subjects and we offer both GCSE (AQA syllabus) and a National Certificate in Sports Studies (OCR).  The GCSE is a fantastic option for students interested in futures in Sport Science, Sciences or Health services i.e. physiotherapy. The theory aspect of the GCSE covers a range of topics such as; Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Training and Movement Analysis. Pupils are assessed practically in three sports which must demonstrate their ability to work in a team and individually. The National Certificate in Sports Studies is a more practical course with assessed coursework projects which suits many students who prefer this form of assessment. Within this course pupils have the opportunity to be assessed for their leadership and ability to create training programmes.

We have an exciting and diverse range of activities for those pupils who do not to take an examinable PE subject during Year 10&11. Pupils choose from of a series of pathways entitled; Leadership, Competitive, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness. We know that it is proven that regular physical activity aids in improving grades, so use this time for pupils to gain that all important head space but also to experience something new or something they would be inspired to take part in post 16. During some pathways pupils are able to gain additional qualification such as “Junior Football Leadership” led by Exeter Football Academy and experience other opportunities in partnership with Mid Devon Leisure Centre and Petroc Gym.

At THS we champion our teams and are so proud of all their achievements. The PE department is a hive of activity at the end of the school day with clubs happening every night of the week. The competitive teams continue to build on their successes and keep the trophy cabinet filled up. And if competition isn’t your cup of tea we also offer the very popular Trampolining and Lacrosse club.

  • PE Kit Policy 2017 - 18

    If a Student has incorrect,missing or no kit without a note from parents, they will be given kit provided by the PE department in exchange for their school bag and expected to participate as usual.

    They will also have a detention as follows:

    1st Time – Pupils will be warned that if this is to happen again they will be issued with a break-time or lunch time detention and parents will be informed via class charts.

    2nd Time – 10 minutes arranged by PE Teacher at either break or lunch.  PE Teacher to contact parents to make them aware. Missed detention leads to step 3.

    3rd Time – One Hour After-School & PE teacher to add them to after school detention list.

    More than one after school detention and PE teacher will contact parents who will be invited to attend a meeting with PE Staff /SLT.

    The PE department will wash the kit to ensure it is clean and therefore no pupil should have any problem wearing it. Failure to wear the kit will result in choices and if required, parking as the pupil is refusing to take part in the lesson and access the learning.

    If a Student has a note from home explaining why they cannot participate practically in PE they are still expected to change into full PE kit and contribute to the lesson in an alternative way. Students who have a note will be given tasks that will allow them to access and contribute to the lesson as fully as possible. Health, safety and hygiene issues will always be taken into consideration when allocating tasks for students.

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    Naomi Shaw

    Subject Leader


    Collette Bamber

    Assistant Subject Leader


    Rob Puzey



    Simon Morrell

    Head of House


    Daniel Thorne

    Head of House


    Mark Barlow

    Assistant Headteacher


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