Which subjects are in our faculty?

  • Physical education
  • PSCHE – Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic education

What do we do?

Within the health and wellbeing faculty, we focus on promoting long term healthy lifestyles and making a positive impact on physical, social and mental health.

Physical education

The intent of our PE curriculum is to teach physical literacy and personal development, enabling all students to develop resilience, confidence, ambition, and integrity. We provide all students with high quality PE and sport provision, not only as a participant, but in leadership roles such as coach, official and choreographer. We strive to inspire our students through fun and engaging PE lessons to lead physically active lifestyles beyond the academy day and beyond their years at Kirkby College.

Key Stage 3- Offers a blended curriculum of skills and holistic qualities and is delivered through a broad and balanced range of activities ranging from competitive games, aesthetic activities such as dance, gymnastics and trampolining, fitness, athletics and personal challenges

Key Stage 4 – All students study a Cambridge National in Sport Science level 1 or 2 qualification. This includes an externally assessed exam ‘RO41 Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries’ and other coursework units:
R042- Applying the Principles of Training
R043- Body Systems in Sport
R045- Sports Nutrition

Sports Leaders Level 1/2 Award – This award is offered by application as an enrichment opportunity to students in Years 9 or 10. With support from the ASGO and local primary schools, this qualification is undertaken outside of the school day.  It requires commitment from students to complete this in their own time where they will support at local sporting events which will help them to gain their leadership experience.

PSCHE – Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic education

PSCHE equips young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices, and in managing their finances effectively. Through the PSCHE curriculum at Kirkby College, students are able to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSCHE is an important part of the academy curriculum with all students in years 7 – 11 will receiving one timetabled lesson per week. All students also receive at least one ‘drop down’ day per year to complete PSCHE related activities. The PSCHE programme is also supplemented though tutor time sessions, assemblies, and external visitors and performances.

Our schedule of learning for PSCHE can be found below:

PSCHE – schedule of learning

What enrichment is on offer?

 Physical education

  • Competitive and social sessions – lunchtime and after-school
  • The opportunity to represent the academy – team and individual sporting activities
  • Inter-house sports competitions


  • Year 7 – Safety Awareness day
  • Year 8 – Anti-smoking and peer-education trip
  • Year 9 – Visit to the Galleries of Justice
  • Year 11 – Life Skills day


Head of faculty – Mrs Stephanie Kennedy

Email address: skennedy@kirkbycollege.notts.sch.uk