PE and Sport

Learning and undertaking activities in physical education (PE) contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The work that the Department undertakes has been recognised in a number of ways both locally and nationally.

The YST has awarded us Gold Partner status for the last 3 years recognising the quality of the Curriuclum and impact that PE has on the school and we been awarded the Gold Award from the School Games Kitemark for the past 2 years in recognition of our extra curricular activities and dedication to competition. On top of that the work of our pupils in the Extra Curricular competitions made us the most successful school in the North Tyneside School Games programme for the past 4 years with many teams representing North Tyneside in the Tyne and Wear games.


All lessons are 60 minutes and pupils receive 4 lessons per fortnight of Core PE in both Key Stage 3 and 4.


  • Key Stage Three receive 4 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight
  • Key Stage Four receive 4 x 1 hour core lessons per fortnight
  • GCSE pupils receive an extra 5 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight – practical and exam based – 1 GCSE


The department has a vast array of facilities including:

  • An 8 Court Sports Hall marked for Badminton, Football, and Basketball.
  • A Dance Studio.
  • A Fitness suite.
  • A full size floodlit Astro turf marked for Football and Hockey.
  • 4 Football pitches.
  • 1 Rugby pitch.
  • 4 Floodlit Tennis courts – over marked with Netball courts.
  • An artificial Cricket pitch.
  • Summer markings include a 400m track and Rounders pitches.

The importance of physical education

PE develops pupils' competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. As well as that there are numerous studies that show there are important links between a High Quality Physical Education programme and progression in pupils academic attainment.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.

When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

The study of PE at John Spence should include activities that cover at least four of the following:

  • Outwitting opponents, as in games activities
  • Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities
  • Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life Saving and personal survival in swimming and outdoor activities
  • Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

Extra Curricular/ Competition

The Department offer a wide variety of Extra Curricular activities that are both competition based or non competitive. We enter a range of competitions over each year group and support the School Games competition structure that is in place in Tyne and Wear – often playing host to many of the events organised. Each year we monitor participation by pupils and then celebrate this with the Sports College Presentation, an evening where pupils receive a wide range of awards and gain recognition for their efforts.

The PE Department consists of :

  • Mr J Douglas – Curriculum Leader
  • Miss S Bryson – BTEC & Girls PE
  • Mr A Pilkington– School Sports Co-ordinator
  • Mrs H Blair – Associate Assistant Headteacher and Head of Year
  • Mr M Burnip – Head of Year and Tuesday Club Coordinator
  • Mrs L Macleod
  • Miss N Benson
  • Mr J Walker (Sports Centre Manager)
  • Mr K Douthwaite (Sports Centre administration)
  • Mr M English (Sports techncian)
  • Mr D Sayers (Sports technician)

Required clothing for PE lessons





Navy Skirt (named)
White PE Blouse
Red/ White Socks
Navy Athletic Shorts (named)
Non marking Training Shoes

Navy Skirt (named)
White PE Blouse
Navy Shorts (named)
Red Sweatshirt (named)
Red Socks
Soccer/ Hockey Boots
Training Shoes


Navy Hooded Top (named)

Navy T Shirt (named)
Navy Shorts (named)
Red Socks
Non marking Training Shoes

Navy Hooded Top (named)

Navy T Shirt (named)
Navy Shorts (named)
Red Socks
Soccer/ Rugby Boots/
Training Shoes

Multi Studs or moulded studs for 3G AGP


White T shirt under top for outdoor lessons.
Plain Navy Tracksuit/ School Tracksuit.
School named waterproof.

General information

  • Pupils are allowed to wear tracksuits for outdoor lessons when the weather is inclement, this will be decided by the teacher.
  • Indoor dress shall be as mentioned above.
  • No jumpers are to be worn inside.
  • Jewellery should not be worn at all. Teachers should not accept responsibility for any valuables.
  • Long hair must be tied back securely.
  • Except in individual circumstances (known beforehand), pupils should not participate wearing the incorrect kit.