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The James Hornsby School



At James Hornsby we aim to deliver high quality lessons to all of our students and provide a wide range of opportunities both in the curriculum and through our extra-curricular programme.

Students at the James Hornsby School are able to make a significant difference towards their own development in sport with the guidance from PE subject specialists and access to our outstanding facilities that we possess.

  • 3G Astroturf
  • Large Playing fields
  • Sports Hall
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming Pool
  • Netball Courts
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Dance Studio
  • Fitness Suite
  • PE theory classrooms

As a department we build links with other organisations in the area and have many that support James Hornsby PE throughout the academic year. We are very proud to be working with our Community links, some of which include Basildon Rugby Club and Southend United in the Community.

The benefits of Physical Education are endless and as staff we encourage all students to be heavily involved in school sport regardless of their ability level. By actively taking part in Physical Education and our Extra-Curricular Programme students can develop lifelong skills and will improve their health and fitness.

Within Physical Education we also run exam based courses where students can enrol on our programmes when selecting their options in Year 9. When selecting their options students will have the opportunity to study GCSE PE, Sports Science, Dance and Child Care.

At KS4 our courses are extremely popular and we encourage all of our students who select the KS4 PE pathway to exhibit a high level of determination throughout the duration of the course and also have a passion for our subject area by attending several extra-curricular clubs.


Students at James Hornsby will experience a variety of sports during their time with us which will consist of Football, Basketball, Rugby, Netball, Handball, Trampolining, Swimming, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Rounders and many more throughout the academic year. Our pupils have the opportunity to further enhance their skill set in a variety of sports that they will focus on during a six week block. Students are assessed through entry in Year 7 enabling the subject specialists to teach high quality lessons which stretch and challenge the ability level of the group.


The GCSE PE course allows students to develop a knowledge of two main areas:

  • The Human body and movement in physical activity and sport 
  • Socio-cultural influence and well-being in physical activity and sport

Students will also be able to use this knowledge within the non-exam assessment task and within the practical element of the course, in which students must demonstrate high level of ability within 3 sports.



Taking AQA GCSE PE as an option can lead to:

  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist
  • Sports analyst


Practical assessment is worth 40% of the final grade, including a NEA coursework task

Theoretical assessment is worth 60% of the final grade, split into two exam papers, which are sat at the end of year 11.


Extra-Curricular Clubs

Our aim and vision for Extra-Curricular is to encourage mass participation across all year groups as we believe every student should have access to our curriculum and enjoy a wide range of sports that we have on offer. Participation in sport is vital for not only player development but it also has a significant impact on the individual’s health, self-esteem and well-being.

As a department we offer extra-curricular clubs every morning starting at 7.45am – 8.15am. We then run two break time activities every day and then focus on an advanced coaching session in our team sports that run afterschool from 3pm – 4pm. To keep up to date with all our PE information please follow us on Twitter where regular posts on the curriculum, clubs, fixtures and team/student achievement is shared.

Click here to view our Extra-Curricular Programme.

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