Physical Education

Physical Education plays a critical role in educating the whole student by promoting physical, social, co-operative and problem solving competencies. It helps pupils develop motor skills, physical fitness and an understanding of the concepts that foster lifelong healthy lifestyles.

Furthermore, it has been shown that children engaged in daily Physical Education show superior motor fitness, academic performance, and attitude towards school versus their counterparts who did not participate in daily Physical Education.

In their teaching, the well qualified staff in the PE department draw on their significant experiences, both academic and from within the professional sporting environment, as well as continuing to demonstrate active and healthy lifestyles.

Forms I-III

PE and swimming are compulsory throughout Key stage 2 at Monmouth School. The broad PE curriculum provides ample opportunities for the boys to enhance their fundamental movement skills through undertaking skill acquisition, body management and health related fitness modules.

The activities offered include: gymnastics, badminton, basketball, athletics, tennis, hockey and health related fitness; each activity usually being undertaken for one half –term.

At this early, developmental, stage the emphasis is on enjoyment and breadth of experience in the role of ‘critical performer’. Boys are developing their appreciation of accurate and controlled movement patterns. Other roles such as ‘official’ and ‘organiser’ are introduced in Form III to aid the development of pupil cognitive processes in the sporting context and the use of inter-personal skills and communication. There are however, performance criteria for each activity against which boys are measured and specifically we aim to teach every pupil to swim 25m unaided.

The emphasis in at Key stage 3 is to enable the pupils to make informed ‘life-style’ choices regarding diet, health and exercise. As such, all boys are inducted in how to use the school’s state of the art fitness suite and their fitness is monitored and recorded at least once every year

In addition to this, all boys play sport for two afternoons each week.


The department does not offer GCSE PE although all boys have two afternoons of sport per week as part of their core curriculum.

AS/A Level

AQA AS/A2 Physical Education (1581 and 2581):

AS has 40% as practical assessments of two roles in two sports and one 2 hour terminal examination in June assessing physiology, skill acquisition and participation opportunities worth 60%.

A2 has a 40% practical assessment of one role in one sport and one 2 hour terminal examination in June assessing bio-mechanics, psychology and contemporary influences on participation levels worth 60%

Between 11 and 15 pupils choose AS PE each year with most of them continuing through to study A2 PE at HMSG. The practical performance PHED 2 module has been particularly successful in recent years with 100% A*-B grades, boys having selected from a spectrum of activities including gymnastics, rowing, rugby, cricket, canoeing, skiing, athletics, golf, mountain biking and tennis. Boys have progressed to related careers in sports journalism, coaching, physiotherapy, teaching, the Police and various armed forces.

Beyond Monmouth School

In recent years several pupils who studied A level PE, have progressed to study Sports Science or Physical Education degrees at university. Some have combined their studies with playing professional sport such as Huw Waters at Glamorgan CC and Luc Jones at Newport Gwent Dragons.  Others have foregone university to become successful Olympic athletes such as Tom Lucy who secured an Olympic silver medal in the mens rowing eight, before joining ex Head boy and former A level PE student Douglas Spencer as an officer in the Royal Marines.