Physical Education


Our vision is for every pupil at City Academy Norwich to understand how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and to be inspired to lead a healthy, happy and successful life beyond school.

In 2020 we achieved the AfPE Quality Mark with Distinction, which is the benchmark for high quality PE across the country.  With exceptional facilities and an excellent range of teaching staff, the PE department is an exciting place for students to come to be inspired to be physically active for life.

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The school follows a progressive scheme of work across all year groups which cater for different ability groups within each lesson.  On average, every CAN pupil will receive 135 minutes of PE lessons per week throughout their five years at the school. The PE curriculum is broad and balanced, featuring aesthetics, athletics, health and fitness, invasion games, outdoor adventurous activities, and striking and fielding activities as well as Building Mental Fitness.  Pupils pick pathways as they go through the school to meet their individual needs and to give children ownership over their PE curriculum.


All Key Stage 4 pupils study either the NCFE Level 2 VCert Health and Fitness qualification or the OCR Cambridge National Sports Science certificate so that every pupil leaves the school with the necessary knowledge to lead a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their life. 


A wide range of out of school hours learning (OSHL) opportunities are offered to cater for all pupils needs. Opportunities are based on what pupils request at Sports Council meetings, observations from PE teachers and informal conversations with pupils. A range of fixtures/events are played in all activities where possible. Some of our most popular OSHL opportunities are the dance show, fitness clubs, and football, netball and rugby fixtures.

Due to our excellent facilities, a broad range of community clubs are based at the schools in the evenings and weekends. A wide range of trips are offered such as the PSV football tour, trips to Twickenham, Wembley and Wimbledon. In 2017 we played at Twickenham before the England-Italy match in the Six Nations. The teams received a guard of honour for the progress the school had made in rugby, as part of the RFU All Schools program.

The highlight of the year is the Sports Awards evening, when everyone gets glammed up to celebrate all the fantastic achievements of our pupils.


Pupils can go on to sixth form, college courses or apprenticeships to study further for careers in PE teaching, personal training, public services, sports science or coaching.