Subject Leader: Mr A Harris


The PE department at Cheam High School has been rated as Outstanding.

The department incorporates Games, PE, Dance and at Post 16 Public Services.

IMG_0136It is made up of 12 teachers including an experienced subject leader, Mr Harris and is based in its own PE area.  This includes three theory rooms, two artificial all weather pitches, a sports hall, a fitness suite, a gym, a dance studio and the Cube (indoor large area used for a range of practical sessions).  The department also uses the local park for various outside activities.

Mr Harris, Subject Leader PE, is a very effective and enthusiastic head of department. He is always looking for ways to innovate and create interest in games and sport.  Mr Harris and his team are constantly developing the curriculum to incorporate new sports and activities to challenge and excite the students.

The Subject Leader is supported by Mr Colgate who has responsibility for the GCSE and A Level courses, Miss Wilson who has responsibility for BTEC subjects, Miss Thorne who has responsibility for KS3 and Miss Hallett who leads Dance.


IMG_0511Student progress in PE is excellent.

At both Key Stage 4 and 5 students achieved above the national average; students achieved highly in both the practical and written examinations.

At Key Stage 4 Year 11 students achieved 83% A*-C in GCSE PE and 86% achieved A*-C in Dance.  At A level 100% achieved A*-C in PE and 100% achieved A*-C in Dance.

In BTEC Sport 77% achieved a Distinction or a Distinction*and in BTEC Public Services 88% achieved a Distinction or a Distinction*.

The teaching is excellent with students of all abilities showing excellent attitudes to the subject and being challenged to do their best.  Lessons are well planned and structured with clear targets.  Students especially appreciate the detailed feedback given to them at GCSE and A Level which allows them to make improvements in their work.  The behaviour in lessons reflects the students’ positive attitudes to the subject.

Students are focused on achieving their aspirational targets and always look for ways to improve both their practical and theoretical skills.  Students are given outstanding written and oral feedback on how they can improve their work.

The PE subject area offers a broad curriculum which covers as many different sports as possible at KS3.  At KS4 and KS5 students are able to study their chosen disciplines.

Students’ Views and Attitudes

IMG_0019Students are enthusiastic about their learning in lessons and participate fully in lessons and in the many extra-curricular activities.

Students feel safe and supported in lessons and this enables them to feel confident which allows them to make very good progress.

Students enjoy the practical nature of the subject and enjoy learning the skills which enable them to progress.

Enrichment and Intervention

The department runs a lot of intervention sessions, especially for KS4 and KS5 students, allowing them to improve their work. These sessions have supported outstanding achievement in the subject across both key stages.

The department runs after school activities in a wide range of sports including football, netball, badminton, gymnastics, rugby, table tennis and dance. Students can also learn archery and use the fitness suite.

The department also enjoyed a number of sporting successes last year.

Over the last academic year, Cheam High students were very successful in sports competitions.  The Year 7 boys football team reached the Sutton Cup final whilst the Year 11 boys were Sutton Cup winners as well as reaching the semi-final of the Surrey Cup.

The U12 girls football team were victorious in the Surrey Cup whilst the U13 girls won the annual AFC Wimbledon Trophy and went on to represent them in the regional tournament.  They also won the annual 6 a side held at Cheam High.  The U15's were runners up in the Sutton League, whilst our U16 team claimed victory in the Sutton Cup.

The Year 7 and 8 boys cricket teams both reached the finals of their respective indoor cricket tournaments and as well as finishing as runners-up in the league.

Both the Year 7 and 8 gymnastics squads won their respective Sutton overall gymnastics championships.

Finally, the school won 11 medals, including 3 golds at the Sutton Schools Athletics Championships as well as 5 medals at the Sutton Schools Cross Country Championships.

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Year 13 students often go on to study Sport related courses in further education, for example Coaching, Sport Psychology, Sport Performance and Sport Journalism.

Future Developments

To continue the improvement achieved in specific areas of the subject at both GCSE and A Level.

To develop the new A Levels and new GCSE courses.

To remodel schemes of work at Key Stage 3 to ensure that students are stretched, challenged and prepared for the new style of GCSEs.