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Physical Education

Physical Education is situated over both sites with Key Stage 4 students having access to a sports hall and Key Stage 3 students the use of a gymnasium and multipurpose Astro funded by The Football Foundation.  The department also has its own fitness suite on both sites, with a Weights Room on Salisbury Road site and Cardio room on Mill Road.  There is ample outside facilities include grass pitches, which is marked with Football pitches in the winter season and an athletics track and throwing areas during the summer terms.


Students in Years 7-11 have two single (50 minute) lessons per week, in which they access the majority of areas of the National Curriculum over the key stage throughout the year, including Dance in Key Stage 3.

In Key Stage 3, all students undertake a course of traditional games activities, including Football, Basketball and Rounder’s. Other areas studied are Gymnastics, Cricket, Health and Fitness, Dance and Athletics. The focus at this level is: to refine and acquire new skills; to select and apply skills using tactics and compositional ideas; to evaluate and improve upon personal performances; to increase knowledge of fitness and health.

At Key Stage 4 the activities offered are a mixture of traditional and individual pursuits. There is a strong emphasis on planning and evaluation of self and others. There is also a need to experience different roles, so there is a focus on learning rules and officiating in a variety of sports. Students choose from a range of activities including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Martial Arts, Judo, Football and Cricket.


From September 2017 students will have the option to complete the Level 2 Award in Sport.  In which students will learn the theory of Physical Education and improve your practical expertise in a variety of sports.

Which skills will be developed?

Practical sports skills and tactics for recognised activities, also, theoretical knowledge of the fitness, requirements of sport and the body’s role in sports performance. The course uses each student’s skills and enthusiasm in sport to develop an awareness and interest.

How will students learn?

You will be given set projects to work on.  Students will be guided with resources and other materials to develop skills and knowledge that will be used with practical and written activities.

Studying this course can lead to further areas of study such as Level 3 Sport. The content of the course also provides a useful foundation of knowledge for potential careers in Sports Coaching working in the health and fitness industry, sports and active leisure industry, PE Teaching, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Fitness Instruction or Personal Trainer.


The department runs the Level 1 Sports Leaders Award in curriculum time and is offered to students in Year 10 and 11. They are able to develop their communication and organisational skills. Through sporting situations they work in teams and individually to enhance confidence and using their initiative with a view to becoming responsible sporting leaders.

Sports leadership is being developed throughout the school and we recognise that our some of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students are highly effective role models to our younger students. We link closely with the School Sport’s Partnership as we provide sports leaders for their events to run successfully and the Partnership provides our sports leaders with very real leadership opportunities.


The PE Department works hard to keep a high profile in the local community. We run an extensive extra-curricular clubs that allow us to play our competitive district matches. Clubs are run by members of the PE Department, governing-body qualified coaches, and increasingly by other members of our schools teaching staff and community.  We also currently have two Satellite clubs running for American Football and Cheerleading, which are both being led by coaches from East Kent Mavericks and Vista Twisters.

Football Academy

The Goodwin Football Academy gives post 16 students the chance to train like a professional footballer whilst continuing their studies. The Players get the opportunity to train three times a week and also participate in the Kent Academy League and two Cups. Our main focus is on Player development, hoping that creating strong individuals can lead to a stronger work ethic as a team and as a student.
The academy has a direct link with Gillingham Football club, the only professional Club in Kent and the partnership has been very rewarding with the academy wearing both home and away kits provided by Gillingham. The partnership has many other benefits such as the opportunity for tickets to League 1 football games, training sessions at Gillingham’s training ground and a Gillingham training kit.
The facilities for the players speak for themselves. All training and home matches are on the Schools 3G pitch and to help Players develop physically as quickly as a Professional Player we Split our training sessions between the fitness and weights area and our training pitch. We also have use of an indoor facility and use this for fitness work and have recently started futsal sessions as an additional training tool.