Physical education at Clifton College is distinguished from other curricular areas by its primary focus on the body and on physical experience.

It is an integral part of the educational process, without which a child’s education is incomplete. Through a diverse range of experiences providing regular, challenging physical activity, the balanced and harmonious development and general well-being of the pupil is fostered. The subject lessons develop a desire for daily physical activity and encourage constructive use of free time and participation in physical activities in adult life.

Through physical education, pupils can experience the joy of physical exertion and the satisfaction of achievement, while developing skills and positive attitudes that enhance self-esteem. Physical education provides opportunities to develop desirable personal and social attributes: the concept of fair play; the acceptance of success and failure; and the ability to co-operate in group situations. These opportunities contribute to the understanding and promotion of a healthy, balanced, active lifestyle.



Why Study At Clifton College?


Our excellent sports facilities include a sports centre, comprising a large hall with indoor cricket nets, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, weights room and cardio-vascular room. Close by are the rackets court, fives courts and tennis and netball courts.

Games activities are divided between the 20 acres of local playing fields (including the famous Close) and 90 acres at the Clifton College Sports Ground, known as Beggar’s Bush. This includes three Astroturf hockey pitches, 36 tennis courts, a Real Tennis court, indoor tennis centre, 3G football and rugby pitch and a new pavilion. Rowing takes place on the River Avon.

As a new pupil, I am amazed by the sport facilities that Clifton College possessesLea Van der Zwalmen, 16


All pupils receive compulsory Physical Education lessons in Year 9. These are practically-based and aim to introduce pupils to physical activities that they would not usually experience in their Games activities. Pupils follow two modules: Health and Fitness Training, and Swimming and Life Saving.


Pupils can choose Physical Education as a GCSE subject in Year 10, which will develop their knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities. The course also allows pupils to:

  • examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • find ways to improve their own performances in a variety of roles
  • identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’.

Pupils choosing PE at AS and A2 Levels can start to specialise in both the practical and theory components. One sport is assessed at A Level and theory subject topics include:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues