Physical Education

Pupils explore a range of activities which include Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming, Health Related Fitness alongside the traditional games.


The core Physical Education programme is offered in the Foundation Year (Year 9) and covers a wide array of physical skills as well as theoretical content.

Pupils explore a range of activities which may include dance, gymnastics, swimming, lifesaving, health related fitness, strength and conditioning as well as the more traditional activities.

The aims of the core curriculum are to develop competence in physical and technical skills;

to understand safe and effective exercise; to understand the place of physical activity and sport within wellbeing and a healthy active lifestyle; and to understand and for pupils to be able to provide feedback on their own or a peer’s performance.

Academic Physical Education begins in the Remove (Year 10) when approximately half of the pupils opt to follow the OCR course leading to a GCSE in Physical Education.

In the Sixth Form, OCR Physical Education is offered as an A level in addition to the Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) choice within the International Baccalaureate. These courses are supported through educational visits such as attending a university human performance laboratory.

These qualifications provide an excellent foundation for pupils intending to study a variety of courses at university such as Physiotherapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Management as well as Health & Nutrition. Many pupils at Malvern have gone onto study at top universities such as the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and the University of Exeter.