Physical Education

Mowbray School provides a rich, relevant and progressive PE experience. The innovative curriculum engages and challenges all young people.


Mowbray strives to ensure each individual student has a positive experience when taking part in any physical activity within and beyond the curriculum. The PE teachers at Mowbray School are committed to delivering high quality PE that allows students to participate, learn, develop and achieve in a range of physical activities. We are continuing to develop and modify our sports provision to suit the needs of our students.

Primary PE 

Semi-Formal Pathway

Students working in the semi-formal pathway will follow a personal physical activity programme, in which they will work towards a motor skill target, specific to their needs. In addition to this, students participate in a range of activities, with learning goals linked to individual sensory and physical needs, such as sensory circuits, rebound therapy, Jabadao, biking and the daily mile.

Formal-Pastoral Pathway

Within this pathway, planning is organised so that students follow a child centred approach to teaching and learning, to enable students to develop fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination. These skills are practiced individually and co-operatively. The students begin to apply these skills by engaging in competition (both against others and self) and co-operative physical activities.

Formal Pathway

Within this pathway students will access some of the formal pastoral curriculum in a child centred approach to teaching; developing fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination and learning to apply these skills. They may begin to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They are encouraged to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing in modified games.

Secondary PE

Semi-Formal Pathway

Students working in the semi-formal pathway will follow the realPE curriculum. This scheme of work has a child centred approach to teaching and learning, with a key focus on developing agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. Students working within this pathway will have opportunities to participate in a range of activities, with learning goals linked to individual sensory and physical needs.

Formal-Pastoral Pathway

Within this stage students will continue to access realPE and some of the formal pathway curriculum for Physical Education. There will be opportunities to build upon previous learning, including cooperating with others and demonstrating positive behaviours. Students will take part in modified games and non-traditional PE activities, developing a basic understanding of the rules, roles, conventions and safe practices. Students working within this pathway will develop an awareness of how to move and use equipment safely, as-well as being able to describe changes to their bodies during exercise.

Formal Pathway

Within this phase students will follow the formal pathway curriculum for Physical Education. Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, tactics and compositional ideas, specific to the needs of more traditional PE activities and games. A key focus will be on pupil’s ability to select and apply skills, movements and tactics in creative, competitive and challenging contexts. Students working within this pathway will understand that exercise and activity are enjoyable and important to their fitness, health and wellbeing.

Sporting activities on offer in the curriculum

In Secondary we have a full range of sports on offer over the last year our pupils have participated in a variety of schemes of work including football, tag rugby, basketball, dodgeball, tennis, hockey, badminton, swimming, goalball, rebound therapy, cricket, rounders, gymnastics, dance, boccia, athletics, ultimate frisbee, curling, golf and orienteering. We continually look to add new and exciting activities to the curriculum for our pupils to experience and enjoy. In the coming year, we plan to introduce softball, tchoukball, football golf, Quidditch, Kubbs and table cricket.

Local Links

We have great links with the local community. Many students access swimming lessons at Bedale Leisure Centre. Some students in Key Stage 4 go to Bedale Golf Club to develop new skills that they can’t access in school. A specialist dance teacher comes into school regularly from Encore School of Dance to lead dance lessons and Jabadao, which is movement play. Mowbray School has a fantastic School Games Officer, who both delivers sessions to students and organises a vast range of different sporting fixtures and events. Primary classes participate in some local primary cluster competitions. We also welcome a range of Sports Coaches into the school so students experience a range of sports e.g. skipping, table cricket. We pride ourselves in encouraging all students, from all pathways, to attend at least one sporting activity throughout the year. These activities range from Panathlon events, football tournaments and swimming, to accessible cycling, dance and wheelchair rugby.


All students in Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 will have the opportunity throughout the year to access swimming lessons at a local pool. Semi-formal classes have weekly swimming lessons to further develop water confidence, muscle control, sensory integration and so much more. Swimming lessons are tailored to the needs of the students. Lessons range from developing water confidence, entering and exiting the pool safely and putting their faces in the water, to developing different strokes, both with and without floatation aids, through both swimming widths and lengths where appropriate.

BTEC Sport

Students can choose BTEC Sport as an option at Key Stage 4. This qualification is mainly carried out through practical activities, however there is a combination of practical and theory work required. For students who enjoy sport and physical activity this is a fantastic option.

Students will get the opportunity to try a range of sports from badminton, football and cricket, to swimming, trampolining and goal ball. This course allows students build confidence, show respect for others, lead and deliver activities to others, improve speaking and listening skills, take on roles and responsibilities, set goals, improve communication, work with others and as part of a team and problem solve.


Recently, Mowbray School has had a few students successfully achieve grades in a GCSE PE Short Course. This course is more academic, is exam based and requires a higher skill level in at least 1 sport or physical activity.

Rebound Therapy

Rebound Therapy provides students with the opportunities for enhanced movement patterns, therapeutic positioning, exercise and recreation with the use of trampolines.

Rebound Therapy facilitates movement, promotes balance, promotes an increase or decrease in muscle tone, promotes relaxation, sensory integration, improves fitness and exercise tolerance and improves communication skills.

Mowbray School is very fortunate, having many staff trained to deliver Rebound Therapy. Classes in semi-formal and formal-pastoral pathways have weekly access to Rebound Therapy. Students within the formal pathway can access Rebound Therapy within their PE curriculum and for specific individual progress where required.