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PE aims to provide students with both mental and physical balance in order to successfully fulfil their everyday lives. The key to PE is for students to find activities that they enjoy and continue to participate in into adulthood thus maintaining a fit, healthy and active lifestyle.

The main aims of the department are to:  

  • – Ensure students understand how to maintain a fit, healthy and active lifestyle and leave school at 16 with the knowledge of how to do this successfully for their own well-being.
  • – Provide students with confidence to explore new sports and activities in order to wider their sporting repertoire therefore encouraging all to attempt tasks without fear of failure. As a department, we understand that many skills and techniques can be tricky to master and therefore take time to develop. To fail is merely a first attempt in learning where practice makes perfect.  
  • – Provide students with opportunities outside of the classroom via extra-curricular opportunities, fixtures and sports trips. The number of opportunities offered is increasing as is the variety of sports that students have access to. 
  • – Provide students with competitive opportunities both as part of a school team as well as within teams of friends for activities such as sports day or inter-form competitions.
  • – Encourage social development through providing numerous opportunities to work as part of a team with both friends and other peers.
  • – Encourage students to take pride in their self-care and hygiene practices.

In Years 9 and 10, students are provided with the opportunity to apply to become a Sports Leader. All Sports Leaders receive training from the PE department and work as a team to lead several activities. These include; the lunchtime equipment loan scheme, a variety of sports clubs, inter-form competitions and primary sports events. As a Sports Leader, full support is provided by PE staff and students will never be left alone to lead activities. This is a great way for students to further develop their team work skills as well as their self-confidence and self-esteem, standing them in good stead for the future.

Students at Ruskin have access to a full floodlit astro-turf pitch, ample size field space, Sports Hall and two outside hard court areas.


  • Miss O’Donnell – Curriculum Leader
  • Mr McGregor
  • Mr Dennis

We offer a broad range of activities across both key stages and are always open to hearing suggestions. Our curriculum offer for both boys and girls includes (please note: different classes may access different activities):


KS3: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Health Related Fitness, Hockey, Indoor Athletics, Movement Skills, Multi-Skills, Netball, Object Control,  Outdoor Games, Rounders, Rugby, Softball, Stability,  Table Tennis, Tag-Rugby and Volleyball.


KS4: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Football, Handball, Health Related Fitness, Hockey, Netball, Outdoor Games, Rounders, Rugby, Softball, Table Tennis, Tag-Rugby, Trampolining and Volleyball.