Physical Education

At Haydock High we place an emphasis on providing a full and varied curriculum that engages all students to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Our extensive extra curricular programme is also full and varied. It not only includes the more traditional games, such as netball, rugby league and football, but also activities such as archery and climbing.

We are fortunate enough to have excellent facilities. These include a climbing wall, 13 Concept 2 indoor rowing machines, all weather multi-use games area, outdoor hard court playing surfaces, 4-court sports hall, well-equipped fitness gym and our own purpose-built PE class room with an interactive whiteboard.

Year 7 and 8 students receive 4 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight. We place a strong emphasis on providing a balanced curriculum that not only includes the major games, but also exciting activities such as climbing, archery, gymnastics and exercise & fitness.

Students should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students should be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis)
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics)
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Physical Education - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills


Name of Module/Unit

Year 7&8

Autumn  Students will be assessed in Games, Fitness & Badminton 
Spring  Students will be assessed in Games, Fitness & Gymnastics
Summer  Students will be assessed in Athletics, Tennis, Softball/rounders

Physical Education Staff

Mrs J. Finney Head of Department                                                             
Mr S. Kehoe Teacher of Boys PE / Teacher of Vocational Studies
Mr A. McCullagh Teacher of Boys' PE
Miss M. Montgomery Teacher of Girls' PE
Mr K. Wright Assistant Headteacher / Teacher of Vocational Studies


We care. We support. We achieve.

At Haydock High School our mission is to care for and support
each student so that they fulfil their potential, make outstanding progress and become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. We will be relentless in developing our skills, and work with our parents, Governors and wider partners to ensure that every student is known, contributes to our community and is
fulfilled in achieving their ambitions.

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Haydock Curriculum

The pace of curriculum change continues to accelerate, for example introducing a more flexible Key Stage 3. Our constant planning offers confidence for successful delivery and assessment of these areas.

Over the last few years we have been successful in achieving Sportsmark, Investors in People, Artsmark, Careers and Guidance and Healthy Schools accreditation. We were also awarded the accolade of a ‘Get Set’ school in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics.

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About Us
& Our School

We are proud of our School

We take great pride in serving the needs of our students and are dedicated to each and every one of them making outstanding progress in their time at our school. To this end, we undertake a significant commitment and interest in them as individuals so that we can most effectively meet their specific needs. This care for their achievement means we have the very highest expectations of their attendance, respect for the school and our ethos, behaviour, happiness, fulfilment and academic progress. 

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Haydock Leisure Centre

Facilities With a £250,000 refurbishment in 2006, the PE department and Leisure Centre were refurbished to accommodate more people and classes, offering a wide range of activities to students and the wider community. The changing rooms are of a high standard with disabled access, automatic showers and private cubicles. Sports Hall The Sports Hall can accommodate the following: 5 a side football, whole Sports Hall Cricket, whole Sports Hall Badminton, whole or half Sports Hall Keep Fit and much more.

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