Physical Education

Young people experiencing emotional disorders (including anxiety and depression) has increased by 48% (, 2019). Mental health problems are common and account for the largest single source of disability (23%) in the UK. With more children being prescribed medication for disorders such as ADHD, Depression and Anxiety, physical activity is important. It can improve cognitive performance, self-esteem, reduce anxiety and symptoms related to mental health problems and improve the quality of life of those experiencing them.

In Physical Education we teach different ways to overcome obstacles that may hinder social, emotional, mental and physical progress. Physical Education at REACH teaches students the importance of exercise and how to exercise; giving them improved self-management skills to put themselves in a better place to learn now and succeed in later life. It provides students and young people with the opportunity to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, experience different environments and activities, work together and release energy which helps de-stress and lowers anxiety levels.

PE revision links
Below are recommended revision links for both GCSE PE (Short Course):



What do we study in GCSE PE at REACH?

All of our students are taught Edexcel Short Course GCSE PE. This enables all of our students to undertake a lot of physical activity to help with any additional needs and social, emotional, mental health. 

Our students are introduced to new sports including golf, rock climbing and sports like football and badminton.

We have our own, very well equipped gym with weight benches, cardiovascular equipment and boxing equipment which are also used for interventions for the whole school, not just PE students.

The gym is open for all students at lunch times and after school, when requested and open for all staff wellbeing after school. The PE teacher is available for all students and staff on designated days as advertised in school.

Please see our Mental Health and Wellbeing page for advice on managing mental health and wellbieng.