The PE Department at Leweston fulfils a key role as part of a balanced curriculum. It is hoped that many girls will discover a sport or activity for life as a result of the experiences and opportunities offered at the school.

The girls follow a traditional timetable for the first three years with a strong emphasis on games. Other sports are introduced in Years 10 and 11 such as badminton and volleyball, although the major games of hockey, netball, tennis and athletics are still followed.

In the Sixth Form PE is compulsory and there is wider choice of activities available as well as the opportunity to participate in the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA).

The Award gives students aged 16 and over the skills needed to lead groups in safe sporting and recreational activities. It encourages participants to take responsibility for others, develops organisational and communication skills and instills confidence in people for whom leading groups in sporting activities is a new experience. The majority of the course is practical with an emphasis on learning through doing, rather than through written work.

The Department also offers a range of extra curricular activities to all pupils and for all abilities.

GCSE

This is a two-year GCSE course that encompasses a mixture of both practical and theory.

The theoretical areas involve looking at the body - the skeleton, muscles, circulatory system and the heart. An awareness of the body in movement is needed. Elements of training and fitness are covered. The major factors affecting a person's participation and performance are assessed before, finally, looking at the cultural and social factors that influence performance. Practically, students have to show ability in four sports from a variety of areas - team games, individual sports, riding, etc. Your performance is evaluated and you are shown how to analyse and improve your play. Additionally, students have to devise and undertake a personal exercise programme so they become aware about structuring and following through a series of graded circuits. 40% of the marks are awarded for the examination taken at the end of the course. 60% is awarded for a mixture of practical performance, the personal exercise programme and for analysis and evaluation of performance

A Level

Sports Studies AS Level consists of modules covering the physiological and psychological factors affecting performance; socio-cultural and historical effects and development of sport and Physical Education including the development of women's involvement in sport and one piece of coursework when one sport will be assessed and analysed and a personal exercise programme undertaken.

At A2 students student exercise physiology and sports psychology including factors that optimize performance; elite performers and modern issues such as the Olympic Games, drug taking and sponsorship and, again, one piece of coursework when one sport is performed and assessed at a higher level. There is a synoptic assessment.

The course combines well with Biology and Psychology, GCSE Biology is useful, and is an accepted A Level course for most science based careers, e.g. medicine and physiotherapy. It is ideal for related degrees such as sports science and sports studies courses, teaching and sports management. Leweston students have gone on to do all of these options at University.