PE at William Hulme’s Grammar School is underpinned by the United Learning PE and Health Curriculum. The aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that brings out ‘the best in everyone’ across performance, leadership and health strands. We develop physically skilful young people who acquire the skills, knowledge, understanding, character and confidence to prepare them for examination PE and a positive lifelong relationship with physical activity and sport.

Qualifications can be taken in  GCSE Physical Education or Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Studies.



We do not currently offer any A-Level qualification options for PE at this time.


Students are offered one period of PE enrichment per week. During this time, different activities are offered that students can take part in.  We continually speak to students about the sports and physical activities that they want to take part in and we take Student Voice seriously. When students are engaging within lessons we want all students to participate and think about their physical and mental health and wellbeing.  There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health and this is what we want for our Sixth Form students. We highlight the following reasons for taking part:

  • Better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
  • Happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
  • Managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times

House Competitions

House competitions take place throughout the year and all competitions give the students the opportunity to win House points. Houses are led by Sixth Form House Captains, who work closely with the Principal and staff members to arrange and organise what competitions the students want to take part in.

House competitions are run on Fridays after school and one per term is completed. House points are added together and the House with the most points at the end of the year wins the overall House Competition. Students quickly form an allegiance to their House and a sense of fun and friendly competition pervades all the House events. Houses meet each half term in an assembly, led by the student House Captains, where students play games for points, focus on characteristics like leadership or sportsmanship and sign up for forthcoming events.

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