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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Physical Education

Head of Department: Naomi Philpot

Welcome to our fantastic Physical Education Department.  We are a dynamic, committed and hardworking department.  We have a range of ages and experience within our staff and many have responsibilities in the wider College.  Each colleague is involved in taking on responsibilities within the department and all contribute to the high quality of Enrichment opportunities available to the students.  The department is highly enthusiastic about the provision and opportunities we provide to all students across all aspects of Physical Education, and we work constantly to develop our department to maintain our high standards of delivery and provision.


We currently have 18 full time Physical Education staff and a Dance specialist in charge of  A Level and GSCE Dance.

Head of Physical Education Department - Naomi Philpot

Deputy Team Leader - Claire Mitchell

Assistant Team Leader - Ross James

Assistant Team Leader - Rhys Davies-Horne


The Physical Education Department prides itself on the facilities it has on offer at the College.  Currently there are the following:

  • Sports Hall
  • Gymnasium
  • Dance Studios x2
  • Fitness suite with 30 cardio vascular Machines
  • Strength and Conditioning Studio/Weights Room
  • Small All Weather Pitch
  • Large All Weather Pitch
  • Field
  • Tartan Running Track
  • PE specific Classrooms x4
  • Tarmac area which includes a 200m Running Track and 4 Netball Courts
  • Tennis Courts x4

Key Stage 3 

Students take part in a variety of activities throughout Key Stage 3.  These activities are designed to provide a broad and balanced breadth of study that develops the Physical, Cognitive and Social and Emotional wellbeing of students.  Students are in groups based on ability using data received from Primary Schools and a baseline assessment made by the Department.

All of the groups in Key Stage 3 have four hours of Physical Activity over a two week period, and will do a range of activities throughout the year, changing every half term. For example, for the first half term, they may do football, and then move onto athletics in the second half term.  Alongside the sport that they are focusing on for a half term,  students will also take part in a ‘creative’ lesson, which changes between Gymnastics and Dance.

Key Stage 4 

The amount of time given to Physical Activity differs in Key Stage 4.  In Years 9 and 10, students have three hours of activity over a fortnight whereas in Year 11 the students receive four hours over a two week period.  This is based on specialised pathways that students select at the start of each academic year.

We also offer a GCSE and NCFE PE course in which students receive an additional four hours of Physical Education a fortnight.  This is divided into three theoretical lessons and one practical based lesson.   More information on both courses can be found in the ‘Sports Courses’ section of the PE Curriculum page.

Key Stage 5 

The Department has one of the largest Key Stage 5 cohorts in the College. 

We are currently offering both AS and A Level Examination Courses following the OCR Examination board.   

                                                                                                                                              The Department also offers the very popular BTEC Extended National Diploma in Sport Development and BTEC Extended National Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services.


The Physical Education Department is the flagship of the College offering a huge variety of Extra Curricular Sports.  There are currently four sports Academies running at the College for Gymnastics, Netball, Football and Rugby with professional coaches delivering the highest quality programmes to students.  A Tennis Academy is also run in partnership with the local tennis centre.

Enrichment Clubs take place before, during and after College to meet the high demand encouraged by the staff.  Currently we offer opportunities across a multitude of different sports.  Our fitness facilities are open to all students at lunchtime and after College for personal training.

Please follow this link for the Enrichment opportunities.