Physical Education

The Physical Education programme is diverse and dynamic. Curricular and extra-curricular time is devoted to team games, individual sports and aesthetic activities, with the aim of providing opportunities for pupils to develop their physical potential, derive holistic health benefits, experience challenges and achievements, and foster a sense of responsibility and co-operation.

A comprehensive fixtures and event calendar, including a very valuable inter-House programme, encourages pupils to enjoy competition and showcase talent. We are very proud that we able to regularly update the 'International Honours Board' displayed in our state-of-the-art sports centre as a number Wycombe pupils achieve the ultimate accolade in their chosen sports.

PE is compulsory for all year groups. Physical Education is also offered as an optional examined subject at GCSE and A level.


During the Autumn and Spring terms pupils will experience skill-based practices and game play in Lacrosse and Netball. Every pupil also has specialist instruction in Swimming, life-saving, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Tennis and Rounders.


At his stage pupils are introduced to a variety of new activities. These include a health-related fitness programme focused around a year group triathlon challenge, as well as learning the skills and rules of Football, Tag Rugby and Volleyball.


A carefully supervised options programme is undertaken by UV pupils. A balance of instruction and opportunity for self motivation is provided in activities including Basketball, Climbing, Swimming, Dance, Tennis, Squash, Volleyball and use of the fitness suites.

VI Form

VI Form students have time allocated in their weekly timetable for Physical Education. We appreciate that by this stage students often have developed particular interests in certain activities, and they are given a wide range of choice to help them gain maximum benefits from this time. Options available include Swimming, Dance, Team Games, Tennis, Running, Kickboxing, Climbing, Yoga-Pilates and use of the fitness suite.


Following the Edexcel syllabus, pupils choosing to study GCSE Physical Education will learn about the holistic benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and the impact that exercise has on the body and mind. In the practical element of the course, analysis of performance in a variety of activities will develop their ability as a performer, coach and official. Transferring of knowledge between practical and theoretical situations is a key feature of this course and encourages pupils to develop valuable learning skills applicable across many subjects.

A Level

The AQA syllabus for Physical Education at A level allows students to develop their knowledge across key areas underpinning sports science; these include exercise physiology, skills acquisition, sports psychology, historical developments in sport and contemporary issues impacting upon modern day sports performance. This is a broad and challenging course that incorporates factual principles appealing to an analytical scientist, as well as discursive elements requiring personal investigation of different cultures and organisations.

Please click here for information about Wycombe's extra curricular sporting opportunities.