Physical Education (PE)

Welcome to the Altrincham Grammar School for Girls’ PE homepage. The work within Physical Education is designed to support, contribute to, and compliment the aims of the school by providing pupils with the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of which they are capable.

Emma-W-Y13To this end, Physical Education provides equality of access for all pupils to a broad, balanced and suitably challenging curriculum at KS3. The KS3 curriculum aims to build on pupils work at KS2 and provide them with comprehensive movement education through which they can assess their own abilities and interests in relation to the activities they experience. Through a balance of individual co-operative, collaborative and competitive learning situations, pupils will be encouraged to appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses, and respond appropriately and sympathetically to the needs of others.

Experiencing success and receiving acknowledgement of that success is considered crucial to the promotion of a pupils’ self-esteem and sense of well being. At Altrincham Grammar School for Girls the department strives to aid girls in the adoption of healthy lifestyles. Developmental schemes of work are sympathetic to the pupil’s needs, and sets high levels of expectation for every pupil relative to their ability and experience.

Physical Education aims to provide a supportive learning environment in which each pupil develops increasing self-confidence, and a desire to strive for their highest levels of achievement. The combination of appropriately challenging tasks, a diverse range of teaching and learning methods and a high level of resources aim to support high standards of attainment, motivation and participation.


See the AGGS Sport website here:

AGGS Sport website



Extra Curricular

Extra-Curricular Provision

The department offers a phenomenal amount of extra-curricular opportunities with clubs running at lunchtimes, after school and on Saturday mornings. The department sees extra-curricular sport and activities as a fundamental aspect of the growth of the whole child. To see young people growing in physical skills, self confidence and self worth is a truly enriching experience. Nowhere in school is it more evident than in PE.

The extra-curricular opportunities are listed below:

  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Badminton at Altrincham Leisure Centre
  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Cross country running
  • Cricket
  • Rugby

Clubs are also organised by other members of teaching staff such as:

  • Taekwondo
  • Football

Members of the clubs are made fully aware of the need to attend every practice and to be supportive of each other. We try to foster a sense of union and team spirit as early as possible once they join the school in year 7. In competing against other schools they must maintain the high standards of sportsmanship that are expected at Altrincham Grammar and be responsible both on and off the field of play.

The hockey and netball teams have a full Saturday morning fixture program and are entered for local regional and national competitions.

Click here to see PE clubs timetable

Kit Requirements

Winter Term


New blue AGGS top
Navy blue AGGS skort
Plain white socks
Trainers (not fashion style)
Optional AGGS tracksuit top, bottom, sweatshirt when the weather is colder


New blue AGGS top
Navy blue AGGS skort
Navy blue hockey socks
Trainers (not fashion style) / Astro shoes (optional)
Hockey stick
Shin pads (optional)*
Mouthguard (optional)*
*We STRONGLY recommend that ALL girls wear shin pads and mouthguard when playing hockey.
Optional AGGS tracksuit top, bottom, fleece sweatshirt when the weather is colder


New blue AGGS top
Navy blue AGGS shorts

Summer Term


New blue AGGS top
Navy blue AGGS shorts
White socks
Trainers (not fashion style)


New blue AGGS top
Navy blue AGGS skort
White socks
Trainers (not fashion style)


As rounders kit or
Whites may be worn
Tennis racquet
Trainers / tennis shoes (not fashion style)



Key Stage 3 – Year 7-9

Terms 1 and 2: Girls have 3 PE lessons per ten day cycle in which they study netball, hockey and gymnastics (trampoline is studied at year 9).

Term 3: Girls will have 3 PE lessons per ten day cycle in which they will study athletics, tennis and rounders.

In all activities girls will study the practical, compositional and tactical aspects of the activity. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of the rules and tactics of the games and develop an appreciation of healthy, active lifelstyles. Girls will be encouraged to partake in a variety of roles such as leader, official and umpire.



Key Stage 4 – GCSE and Sports leadership

Year 10 – General PE time

Term 1 2 and 3 : Girls have two lessons per ten day cycle in which they have the option to carry on studying the sports they have been involved within year 7-9 or to embark on the Sports Leadership Qualification. Girls can choose to study level 1 or level 2 Sports leadership where they will learn how to lead small groups in a variety of different sports. The course is extremely rewarding and teaches the girls life skills that can be used across all areas of the school curriculum such as communication skills. organisation skills and teamwork to name but a few. At the end of the course they will receive a nationally recognised certificate.

Year 11

Terms 1, 2 and 3: Girls have two lessons per ten day cycle in which they attend Altrincham Leisure Centre to experience other activities such as badminton, squash and use the gym. There is also an activity delivered at school.


The department offers GCSE PE with the Edexcel syllabus as an option in year 10.
GCSE PE is a subject that is perfect for academically rewarding those pupils who are interested in sport at all levels as it has a mixture of practical and theoretical aspects.
The final grade is split into the following categories;

Performance in Physical Education and Personal Exercise Programme (40%):

You can be assessed as a performer in three activities of the many that are available. 

  • Two practical lessons per cycle.
  • Separate from your General PE lesson.
  • Each activity is marked out of 35, the three highest scores count towards your final grade.  You can also be assessed in any other activities that you may take part in outside of school.
Team individual
Association football Athletics
Badminton – Doubles* Badminton – Singles*
Cricket Cycling
Dance* Dance*
Hockey Golf
Lacrosse Gymnastics
Netball Equestrian
Rowing Rowing
Squash* Skiing
Tennis* Snowboarding

*Candidates may not be assessed in the same activity as an individual and a team player/performer.

There are other sports available, this is just a selection.  Please ask if there are any sports that you do that are not listed here.

Personal Exercise Programme:

  • You will undertake a six week training programme in which you will focus on one particular activity out of your chosen three. 
  • You will perform various fitness tests and plan and monitor a fitness programme applying the theory aspects of the course.  This is a written investigation into training the body for sport.

The Theory of Physical Education (60%):

The theory component of the course is taught over three or four lessons per cycle (timetable dependent). The topics cover many areas of anatomy and physiology, health and fitness, well-being and reasons for participating in sport and physical activity.

Component 1 – Fitness and Body Systems

(hour 45 minutes examination)

You will study the following topics:

  • applied anatomy and physiology; the musculo-skeletal and cardio-respiratory systems
  • movement analysis; lever systems and planes of movement
  • physical training; fitness and training the body for maximal performance

the use of data to analyse key areas of physical activity and sport.

Component 2 – Health and Performance

(1 hour 15 minutes examination)

You will study the following topics:

  • health, fitness and well-being; energy use, diet and nutrition
  • sports psychology; skill acquisition, goal setting and mental preparation
  • socio-cultural influences; patterns of involvement, ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • the use of data to analyse key areas of physical activity and sport.


Career Opportunities:

Sports Psychology, Sports Journalism, Dietician, Physiotherapy, Sports Engineering, Emergency and Armed Services, Sports Science, Event Management, working with National Governing Bodies.