Physical Education

The role of Physical Education at Foxfield School is to promote the physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual development of all students through a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their age, level of understanding and need. Foxfield strives to be a healthy school and PE plays an important role in this. PE is a practical based subject that enables all pupils to participate in enjoyable, exciting and challenging physical activities. These, in turn, generate good health, fitness and feelings of contentment. PE encourages positive thinking, positive actions, leadership, co-operation, tolerance and respect for others. In addition to this PE also develops students’ ability to manage the body in a variety of aesthetic, competitive and challenging situations. Physical Education nurtures technical, social and judgemental skills and re-enforces more general skills such as communication, reasoning, problem solving and citizenship. PE also has a cross curricular links that are supportive of literacy and numeracy and other areas of the curriculum.


All pupils have a minimum of two hours of Physical Education per week. This is broken down into two lessons. PE lessons are based in the gym or on the sports field and pupils also have a swimming session each week.

Physical Education is delivered by specialist PE teachers and coaches, and additional opportunities for sports are provided within the many lunchtime and after school clubs that the school provide. As part of the Physical Education curriculum pupils are taught gymnastics, dance, athletics, team games and individual sports such as badminton, and soft tennis.

Pupils from the school take part in a range of football, swimming and athletic events as part of the U.K.S.A. (United Kingdom Special Sports Association).

Individual learning needs are assessed and planned using the Welsh Routes for Learning system, a specialist approach for young people with P.M.L.D. The timetable for pupils with P.M.L.D. incorporates these activities as a means of delivering a broad and relevant curriculum that offers access to all subjects including the National Curriculum in a meaningful and relevant way. This will vary according to the individual pupil’s needs, as determined through assessment and by consultation between relevant staff, parents, carers, therapists and other health staff.