Subject Leader: Mr A Harris


The PE department at Cheam High School has been judged as Outstanding based on the most recent department review.

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

Mr Harris is the subject leader for PE and the department is made up of twelve teachers and an experienced Curriculum Support Officer.

Mr Harris is supported by Miss Thorne who has responsibility for GCSE and KS4, Miss Wilson who has responsibility for BTEC and KS3 and Miss Hallett who leads Dance.

IMG_0136The department is based in its own dedicated PE area, which includes three theory rooms, two artificial all weather pitches, a sports hall, a fitness suite, a gym, a dance studio and 'The Cube' (a large, indoor area used for a range of practical sessions). The department also uses the local park for various outside activities. A fantastic, new indoor climbing wall has recently been installed in school which is proving extremely popular with students.


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


Student progress in PE is excellent.

The PE subject area offers a broad curriculum, which covers as many different sports as possible at KS3.

At KS4, students gain more independence and are given some choice in the activities they specialise in.

The teaching in PE is excellent with students of all abilities showing great enthusiasm for the subject as well as being challenged to do their best.

All students work towards aspirational targets in both their practical and theory work.

Lessons are well planned and structured with clear targets and 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.


At both KS4 and KS5, students achieved above the national average; achieving highly in both the practical and written examinations.

GCSE PE: In 2018, 67% of students achieved grades 5 or above and 80% achieved grades 4 or above.

GCSE Dance: In 2018, 59% of students achieved grades 5 or above and 74% achieved grades 4 or above.

A Level PE: In 2018, 100% of students achieved grades A* - D, with 42% achieving grades A* - B.

A Level Dance: In 2018, 100% of students achieved grades A* - C.

BTEC Public Services: In 2018, 100% of students achieved Merit grades and above, with 67% gaining a Distinction or Distinction*.

Students' Views and Attitudes

IMG_0019Students are enthusiastic about their learning in lessons, participating 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 drive them to progress.

Enrichment and Intervention

The PE department offers an extensive intervention programme, especially for KS4 and KS5 students, which gives them many opportunities to improve their work. These sessions have supported the outstanding achievement in the subject across both key stages.

The PE team also offer after school activities in a wide range of sports including football, netball, badminton, athletics, cricket, rounders, dodgeball, rugby, table tennis and dance. Students can also learn archery and have the opportunity to use the fitness suite as well as the indoor climbing wall.

This year a successful leadership scheme has been introduced which trains Sports Leaders in each year group. These leaders have been involved in a variety of events in school and at local primary schools.

The team have also extended the provision of intramural competition including football, netball, table tennis, badminton and rounders.

Sporting Success

The PE department have enjoyed a number of sporting successes last year.

The Year 9 boys football team were Sutton Schools District Cup champions. They also reached the semi-final of the Surrey Schools Cup Competition.

The U12 girls football team were victorious in the Sutton Cup whilst the U14/U16 girls also reached the finals.  The U16 girls also reached the Surrey Cup finals.

The Year 9 netball team won both the Sutton Schools league and cup competitions. Year 8 were runners up in the end of season tournament.

The Year 7 and 8 boys cricket team won the Sutton Schools District competition and represented Sutton in the Inter Borough competition, which they won.

The school also won seven medals at the Sutton Schools Athletics Championship as well as three medals at the Sutton Schools Cross Country Championships.

We are incredibly proud of our students' fantastic sporting achievements.

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Our cohort of Year 13 PE students went on to study Sport related courses in further education such as Physical Education, Sports Studies, Sports Coaching, Sport Psychology, Sport Performance and Sport Journalism.

Our tennis players also secured scholarships to American Universities, studying a range of courses and playing NCAA Tennis.

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 GCSE courses.

In addition, the department have three goals for the short-term development of Physical Education

  1. To develop the provision of competitive sport within the school - with the aim of providing a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in competitive sport
  2. To further develop the Leadership Scheme for students - with the aim of selecting a group of leaders and providing them with training and leadership opportunities throughout the year
  3. To introduce a PE Awards Evening in the Summer Term to recognise and reward the commitment and achievement of students within PE.