Physical Education

The department aims to raise the aspirations of young people of all abilities and every social background by educating them to the highest measurable standards by providing them with a varied rich diet of activities and experiences.

The Physical Education Department at Macmillan Academy has a large number of sporting fixtures every week with up to 100 students regularly representing the Academy. The quantity of fixtures played enhances the development of our students both on and off the sports field and allows them to build relationships with staff and students from opposing schools. The depth of the active break times, lunch-time clubs and after school enrichment programme has allowed students to choose activities that they enjoy participating in and, in some cases, develop into high level performers. We are very proud of our educational and competitive successes. As recognition of this the department was the awarding of the Gold Sainsbury’s School Games mark for 2017-18.

The department offers coherent, academic, vocational and performance pathways that strongly support student progress. The strength of the subject and the department allows us to support the Academy’s specialism in Outdoor Learning. In addition, staff play an active role in the Academy’s Training School supporting newly qualified teachers and those in teacher training. Beyond the Academy strong links exist with the Youth Sport Trust and Tees Valley Sport. Staff are committed to raising the profile of sport within the local area and work with colleagues from other schools as part of the Middlesbrough School Sport partnership and the District Sports Association. As part of this the Academy run competitions in sports such as football, girl’s hockey, athletics, cricket and rugby. Teams also compete in national competitions each year with the highlight of 2018 being when the Girls Futsal team were crowned national champions.

There are very strong academic and vocational pathways. The department runs the following courses.

  • National Curriculum PE at Key Stage 3 and 4
  • Level 2 BTEC Sport
  • A Level PE
  • Level 3 BTEC Sport

Students have consistently achieved very high levels of success in local, regional and national competitions and also gain very high levels of attainment and achievement in GCSE PE, A Level Sport & PE and in the Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport. Many students, particularly those studying BTEC courses, perform well above the grades in which they were targeted. Achievement across KS4 and KS5 courses is consistently good. Teaching and learning are strengths within the department despite the recent redesign of the specifications across all examination subjects.

Physical Education provision is outstanding. Key Stage 3 students receive three hours of Physical Education per week split into a 2 hour and a 1 hour physical activity lesson. Key Stage 4 students receive a two 1 hour lessons each week. Post 16 students have the opportunity to participate in sport on a Wednesday afternoon on a formal or informal basis. The Post 16 men’s football team are playing in the British Colleges and Cleveland Colleges leagues for the 2018-19 season.


Participation within PE lessons is compulsory. If a student is injured or ill they are expected to bring a note with them explaining the problem, the note must be from a parent/guardian. For more information please read the following document: Participation in Physical Education at Macmillan

Department Staff

Currently the Department comprises 11 full time staff and part time members of staff, including a learning support mentor.

The large department is led and managed by the Head of PE & Sport and who is responsible for all matters relating to staffing, the curriculum and its content, the extra curricular programme and student’s learning.

As a successful department within the Academy, we aim to set the highest standards in curricular and extra curricular activities; this is achieved through a co-ordinated approach in a close knit team of staff. The members of staff are experienced and work well as a team spending time in Department meetings, on training and observing each other teach to provide the highest quality teaching and learning experiences.

The Department is supported in team games and other enrichment activities by many other non-specialist teachers who enable the delivery of an extensive range of sporting opportunities.

Name Position
Mr S Coates Head of PE & Sport / Level 3 BTEC Coordinator
Mr M Featherstone Assistant Head of PE & Sport / Training School / Enrichment Coordinator & Whole School Training
Mr O Stanton Senior Leader – Student Development
Miss S King Community Partnerships Director
Mrs H Richardson KS3 Core PE & Level 2 BTEC Co-ordinator
Mr T Atkinson A Level and GCSE PE Co-ordinator
Mrs A Scott Physical Education Teacher / Head of Year
Miss J Wilson Physical Education Teacher
Mrs C Alderson Physical Education Teacher
Mrs J Weighell Physical Education Teacher
Miss S Parkinson Physical Education Teacher
Mr D Rayner Physical Education Teacher
Sports tour Hockey match 2014

Facilities and Resources

We are exceptionally well resourced in terms of facilities and equipment. Currently we have the use of:

  • a large field for games and athletics
  • 2 netball courts

  • a new sports hall which includes:

    • a competition standard climbing wall
    • 4 full size trampolines
    • 12 table tennis tables
    • 2 male and 2 female changing areas
  • a Leisure Centre which includes:

    • a 4 court sports hall
    • a cardio- vascular exercise suite
    • a weight training room
    • male and female changing areas
    • a fully resourced gymnasium
    • low and high ropes course
    • 4 specialist PE teaching classrooms including 1 classroom with 20 PC’s and an interactive whiteboard

We have also forged strong links with Goals Soccer Centre on Stockton Road. This facility is used for curricular and extra curricular teaching and provides 5 a side and 7 a side astro turf pitches for use during the day.


Exam Specifications

Exam Specification
BTEC (Key Stage 4) EdExcel
A-Level AQA
BTEC (Post 16) EdExcel

Goals Soccer Centre

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