Physical Education (PE) students at SES will be inspired to be active, healthy, and deeply enthused by physical activity. They will develop a love of learning in PE in an environment where they are supported to develop physically and intellectually and will perform in a range of challenging situations. They will be able to challenge themselves as part of a team and individually.

Through PE, students will develop their knowledge about the positive effects of exercise on their physical, social, and mental health and develop a passion and life-long commitment to exercise. They will also develop practical skills across a range of activities, as well as improve personal skills, which will enable them to perform in a range of situations, including those that can involve working together in a competitive environment. They will experience a wide range of sporting activities that are underpinned by a broad but increasingly complex set of skills and abilities.

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It is our commitment to provide an environment that encourages a desire to participate in a range of activities or their chosen specialist sport into adult life. This means that:

  • Students will develop in a positive & caring environment that allows them to excel together and as individuals.
  • A broad and balanced PE curriculum will be provided, where there is something to captivate all students.
  • The learning environment for students will be high quality, continually evolving, and immersive.
  • Personal and social skills will be developed, allowing for increased creativity, competence, and confidence in all forms of physical activity.
  • Participation in PE will be underpinned by the core values of sportsmanship, enjoyment, respect, discipline, and teamwork. 
  • Students will demonstrate our Charter for Sport: Striving for Excellence, Embracing Challenges and Showing Sportsmanship.
  • SES provides PE in our exceptional facilities. These include our two designated sports halls, fitness suite, dance studio, netball court, basketball court and an impressive grass field.


Key Stage 3
All Key Stage 3 students are provided with 2 lessons of PE every week in a mixed-ability group. Over the three years, students will work on developing skills such as Health Related Exercise, Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Netball, Football, Basketball, Cricket, and Rounders. Each activity is taught for a half-term block and then assessed at the end of each half-term. PE is used at KS3 to develop understanding across individual and team sports, to develop positive mental, physical, and social well-being and boost achievement through enjoyment and success.
Key Stage 4 & 5
All Key Stage 4 students are provided with 2 lessons of PE a fortnight in a mixed ability group. Over the two years, the lessons will aim to encourage students to pursue active and healthy lifestyles. Students will work on participation and enjoyment to promote a prolonged interest in sports and physical activity. Activities include Volleyball, Health-Related Exercise, Badminton, Exercise to Music, Rounders, Netball, Football, and Cricket.



The SES sporting ethos can be split into two main strands; Performance and Values. At the heart of ‘Performance’ lies an ambition to ensure ‘each and every child is fulfilling their potential. The majority of pupils play sport for the School, taking with them the benefits of their sporting experiences into their future lives. Many of our pupils pursue and develop their sport beyond school in local clubs. We expect all of our pupils to Strive for Excellence, Embrace Challenges, Show Sportsmanship.

Our Charter for Sport describes the ‘Values’ that we promote and look to develop. To join a school like SES is to join a community and become part of a team.

Like any team, it thrives on the trust and commitment that its members show to each other and the values that those teammates share.

As such, we expect all of our pupils to Strive for Excellence, Embrace Challenges, Show Sportsmanship.

While our program is based on traditional team sports, the pupils’ experience is of up-to-date sports practices with innovative coaching. We have an growing ECA program with a range of sports available for pupils to take part in.

  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Rounders
  • Swimming
  • Fitness
  • Rugby



If your child plays a sport externally to a high level, we will seek further opportunities for them. We are constantly developing club links to aid pupils in their aspirations to achieve the best. Sharjah Netball Club and Desert Cubs Cricket Academy are based at SES.

During their tenure at SES, students are provided with opportunities to cultivate their leadership skills, whether by captaining a team, or assuming the role of Sports Prefect upon entering the Sixth Form. Embracing leadership skills not only enhances one's ability to guide and motivate others but also fosters personal growth, resilience, and effective decision-making.


Studying GCSE (9–1) Physical Education opens students’ eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only do they have the chance to perform in three different sports through the Non-Exam Assessment component, but they can also develop wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. 

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for your children. They can perform, and then through the academic study learn how to improve their performance through the application of the theory. 


PE is learned about through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on our own and others’ everyday lives. Students learn the reasons why we do things and why some people outperform others – mentally and physically. 

They also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and gain an understanding of the consequences of inactivity and poor diet. GCSE (9–1) PE includes the compulsory study of three components: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Training, Sports Psychology, Socio-cultural Influences and Health, Fitness and Wellbeing. Alongside this are the skills of PE in component three, which are examined via the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) component.

To succeed, students of GCSE Physical Education need to have a passion for sport. It will be a challenging academic learning experience where students will need to be prepared to work on the scientific elements of the course along with the contemporary and psychological. We expect students to have a keen interest in Sport and represent the School in more than one sport. It is an excellent base for opening up a wide range of possibilities for further study at Sixth Form, University, and career opportunities. The personal attributes that are required and will be further developed throughout the course include decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills as well as thinking and acting under pressure.