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Physical Education

Why Study Physical Education?

We believe that enjoyment, self-satisfaction and physical well-being are gained through a broad and balanced physical education and sports programme. Physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are necessary to enable students to learn effectively in all areas of the curriculum

Through PE all students can attain their own maximum potential in practical performance and develop acceptable social behaviour, which will enable them to successfully adapt to life in society. We value good relationships between students and staff, encouraging the DYCA ethos of a caring, supportive family mentality and which will help to develop the whole person. The programme is established on the principles of good planning, participation and constructive evaluation. The following points identify the opportunities the students are provided through participation in physical education and sport:

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Core Physical Education

All students have one session of PE per week. There is a statutory requirement by the Government that all students must take part.

Students are taught a range of activities in KS3 (netball, basketball, football, rugby league, gymnastics, trampolining, dance, cricket, rounders, softball, athletics, hockey, Aussie rules football and Korffe ball). Students are taught physical competences that include developing skills in physical activity; making and applying decisions; developing physical and mental capacity; evaluation and improving performance and making informed choices about healthy and active lifestyles.

In KS4 students choose pathways that best suits their interests (creative, team, individual and leadership) to enable them to become life long participants in physical activity.

Students must bring their PE kit to all lessons. If students are unable to take part (for any reason), they must bring a note from their parent/career stipulating why they can not take part in the lesson that week. If more than two weeks are missed a medical note must be producing indicating what can not be participated in and for how long. Students will get changed and help the teacher.

Celebrating Achievement

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Students are rewarded for their contribution to physical education in the Academy by achieving their full and half colours; being invited to the Sports Council and the gifted and talented programme and at our annual Sports Personality Evening.

Examination Subjects in Physical Education

Examination subjects that are available to students are:


  • GCSE Physical Education
  • BTEC First Sport (Instructing Exercise and Fitness)
  • BTEC First Sport (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities)
  • BTEC First Performing Arts (Dance)
  • GCSE Dance
  • Dance Leaders
  • Sport Leaders

KS 5

  • BTEC Nationals Sport (Developing Coaching and Fitness)
  • HSA First Aid
  • Sports leaders Level 2 & 3

Opportunities will also arise with the Partnerships Youth Leadership Academy to take sports specific coaching and officiating qualifications.


Career Opportunities and Progression

The successful completion of a Level 2 course would allow access to realted Further Education courses in preparation for Higher Education and a wide variety of sporting careers in the health and fitness industry, teaching and coaching.

Complete Level 2 (GCSE & BTEC First) Course - Job Opportunities - Leisure Attendent, Life Guard ( additional qualification required ), Assistant Coach.

Stay on at 6th Form and complete BTEC Nationals Level 3 - Job Opportunities - Leisure Attendent, Life Guard ( additional qualification required ), Assitant Coach, Gym Instructor ( additional qualification needed ).

Progress onto Higher Education at University and complete a Degree - Job Opportunities - Further study to complete Masters or PHD, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Sports Coach, Sports Scientist. These are just a few of the options open to you.


Session 4 Physical EducationSports Kit

web sport 3This aspect of our educational experience is seen as a very important addition to the day to day curriculum. There are two major 'clientele' we aim to provide for a) the 'elite' school athletes who are encouraged to fully develop their sporting talents, and b) the majority of keen pupils who wish to extend their participation in sporting activity. A wide range of non games and games activities are offered as well as competitive opportunities in Inter and Intra School sport.




PE Kit



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PE Kit is available for purchase from Rawcliffe's on Roundhay Road (Tel: 0113 249025) amd Design School Uniform, row J of Kirkgate Market in Leeds city centre (Tel: 0113 2436642). Our PE kit can also be purchased online at in the dedicated DYCA area, over the phone by calling 01937833449 or by fax on 01937832649. You can also email your order to them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your APC orders will be delivered direct to your home. Parents are reminded to label all uniform. Long hair is to be tied back at all times.




  • DYCA black Shorts and/or plain black tracksuit bottoms (no logos or stripes).
  • DYCA green polo shirt and/or rugby shirt
  • Black football socks
  • Black skins or leggings
  • Indoor shoes (clean)

Parents and guardians are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their son/daughter brings the correct equipment to lessons. Students need football boots for football and rugby; shin pads are required for football and hockey and students may need a gum shield for rugby (AfPE).

The Department teach outside all year around and students need to be dressed appropriately.


Useful Links

BBC Schools Bitesize PE

British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences

British Olympics Association

twitterDYCA Sport and PE Twitter feed.





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