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Contacting the department

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the PE department by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:    

Key Stage 3 Physical Education

As part of our ethos for a healthy active life style, Harborne Academy students will be expected to participate in 2 hours of PE each week. As a department we feel that this helps promote a life-long love of sport, health and well-being which students can take with them on their journey through school and beyond.

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in the following activities:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Rounders
  • T Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Trampoline

Key Stage 4 Physical Education

During Years 10 and 11, students will follow a core PE course which will help develop previously learnt skills in KS3 and apply them to more game based situations. The PE department will also be introducing a new Sports Leaders course, to commence September 2021


•  Athletics
•  Badminton
•  Basketball
•  Cricket
•  Football
•  Handball
•  Hockey
•  Multi gym
•  Rounders
•  Table tennis
•  Tennis
•  Trampoline

PE and Sport as a vocational exam

At Harborne Academy we also offer students the opportunity to explore Sport as a possible career through OCR Sports Studies which students can choose to study in key stage 4.

Exam information

Exam board: OCR

Course title: OCR National Sports Studies L1+2

Breakdown of course

25%- Written Exam

25%- Developing individual and team skills

25%- Sports Leadership

25%- Outdoor Education

Past Papers

Sports Studies Outdoor Education Trip


Overall year plan:


Enrichment opportunities and Sports Day


Career pathways


Extra curricular activities:

In addition to all the above activities, the following sports are on offer as part of the PE extracurricular programme:

• Athletics
• Badminton
• Boxfit
• Boys’ Football
• Boys’ Basketball
• Cricket
• Girls’ Basketball
• Handball
• Multi-gym and fitness (Girls only sessions and mixed sessions)
• Table tennis
• Trampoline
• Volleyball

Sporting Quotes:

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

“Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t” – Jerry Rice

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does”- Serena Williams

Quotes from students on recent Outdoor Education Trip:

“We got to do a range of activities in groups, we had fun while learning new skills”


"I enjoyed all of the activities and learnt lots of new skills”


Useful websites:

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