At Kirkburton Middle School we believe that all pupils, irrespective of their academic and physical ability should have an equal opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential.

We aim to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum to inspire all our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. A multitude of opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and  respect.

Spiritual education at Kirkburton Middle School involves pupils developing a variety of skills in order to fulfil the feelings of success, enabling them to express emotions and feelings and to fully understand what their bodies can achieve eg; performing a sequence in gymnastics or a routine in dance. Moral education relates to pupils understanding how PE can influence their healthy living and lifestyle, reasons why they need to abide by rules and developing an understanding of fair play. This is continually developed through a vast variety of team games and a focus on Health Related Fitness. Pupils reflect on values surrounding competition which includes ‘winning at all costs. Social education involves pupils having many opportunities to work as a team or in a small group, as well as reflecting on feelings of determination and enjoyment. Pupils are given the role of a coach or leader to develop their social skills in co-operation and communication. Cultural educational involves pupils’ learning games and dances from different traditions, including their own, as well as being able to appreciate the differences between male and female roles within sport.

The PE Department ensures that British Values are included within its curriculum by teaching sports that are long standing British traditional sports such as football, rugby, cricket, hockey, table tennis and athletics. The department encourages all students to follow the rules and principles of games and experience roles of officials and leaders to promote the concept of ‘fair play’. Throughout their time at school pupils are encouraged to show respect towards others, promoting kinship and affiliation. Our outstanding annual whole school cross country and sports day competitions are a testimony to this where every child is not only encouraged to do their personal best but to do the best for their House.  A strong emphasis is placed upon celebrating success graciously and being magnanimous in defeat. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices and every child has equal opportunity to be selected and take part in our vast array of extra-curricular activities regardless of race, religion or gender. Democracy is at the heart of the selection process for our appointment of House Captains with candidates submitting their applications for all to view and every pupil in their related ‘House’ voting for their preferred candidate.


To ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • are physically active for sustained periods of time

  • engage in competitive sports and activities

  • lead healthy, active lives