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Physical Education


Our ethos


At the Polygon School we believe Physical Education is one of the most powerful tools in changing and improving the lives of young people. We operate with a strong ethos of inclusion and enjoyment, whilst building confidence and raising the self-esteem of our boys.  We believe our pupils can learn many valuable transferrable skills through participation in Physical Education including teamwork, communication, and problem solving.



Key Stage 3 (years 7-11)


Pupils will be able to understand the principles of warming up and the long-term health benefits of physical activity. They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved with a full range of activities available at school. Pupils should understand what makes a performance effective and start to develop performance analysis skills. The boys will be taught a variety of sports and activities including football, cricket, basketball, deck hockey, racket, and circuit training.

Boys in Year 9 also have the opportunity to participate in outdoor education sessions. These include skiing, water sports, and box fit.


Key Stage 4 (years 10-11)


Pupils will continue to develop and refine their technique and performance in team and individual sports. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor and adventurous activities such as sailing, mountain biking, kayaking, and indoor rock climbing.




Key Stage 4 boys will also undertake accredited courses in Physical Education.


Entry Level PE


Entry Level PE is an accredited course with a focus on practical participation and performance.


V-Cert Qualification (a vocational equivalent of the GCSE qualification)


The V-Cert Award is a vocational-based course, designed for those students wishing to enter the Sport & Leisure Industry. Over the course of two years students will complete units incorporating both practical and theoretical elements and focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector. The V-Cert qualification will teach pupils how:


  • Fitness is beneficial to health

  • To use progressive overload to develop an exercise

  • To plan for the delivery of an exercise session

  • To produce and review a personal fitness programme for a specific session

  • Diet affects health and fitness


Extra-Curricular Opportunities


We offer a number of extra-curricular sporting activities in conjunction with Southampton Solent sports partnership. These include indoor games, basketball, football, cricket, animal and film club..


Our pupils have the opportunity to participate in regular sporting fixtures and regularly play in tournaments against other BESD schools across Hampshire. 



As part of the school enrichment programme the pupils also have the opportunity to take part in football every break and lunch time.



The Polygon School also offers trips both within the UK and abroad: Alpine Ski trips and an outdoor adventurous activity week in Devon.