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The Forest of Dean is home to around 90,000 people, with 19% of these made up of children. Although the Forest of Dean displays average levels of deprivation on the whole, Cinderford (a town in the catchment area) ranks in the top 20% most deprived places in the country. In Forest of Dean 8.2% of the population live in rural areas and are under 10 years old. 17% of the Authority's population live in rural areas and are under 19 years of age. 8.7% are aged 70 or over and live in rural areas. In Forest of Dean 69.5% of households are in rural areas. 24.4% of rural households are single person households. 7.2% of rural households are lone parent family households. In addition to this the in Year 6 Forest of Dean primary schools, 18.2% (147) of children are classified as obese.

What contribution does PE we make to the leading aim of the school?

Every learner shall reach their maximum potential and enjoy the process.

KS3 Core PE

The Dene Magna PE offer allows students to experience a rich and varied curriculum with activities that the local area does not provide easy access to, giving rise to the many opportunities available to them to pursue in later life, with an overriding goal of inspiring young people to develop a lifelong engagement in physical activity. At this early stage, we provide opportunities for students to develop their motor skills as well as being physically active in line with government guidelines. We aim to develop passionate, engaged and enthusiastic students who do not shy away from new challenges posed by our curriculum but relish them as a new opportunity. Students are given the opportunity to compete across a breadth of sports at a district, county and national level, exposing students to both success and failure and the development of teamwork and leadership qualities. 

KS4 Core PE

Our KS4 offer intends to give students more freedom in their PE curriculum, taking their positive KS3 experiences and developing them further through a more teaching games for understanding approach in lessons. There is a real emphasis on students having a positive experience, with a desire for students to reap the mental benefits that sport can offer them. Year 11 allows students to access our enrichment programme, giving students the chance to engage in offsite activities such as skiing, golf and climbing maintaining high participation rates in PE, in an attempt to combat issues in drop off in engagement in physical activity.


Our GCSE PE programme really stretches our students in both a practical and theoretical sense. Students are driven to reach the highest level of practical performance, with a strong emphasis on the GCSE specification. Students experience thoughtful and innovative GCSE theory lessons which serve to inspire students to be conscientious learners, aided by passionate and enthusiastic delivery. Our GCSE PE students take pride in becoming role models for the younger students - demonstrating leadership and passion developed since KS3. This experience intends to inspire our students and lead them onto the pathway of our A Level provision.


Our KS5 curriculum provides stretch and challenge for all our learners with a diverse specification. This curriculum follows on nicely from KS4 which allows students to embed prior knowledge and enhance this further using theoretical principles. Our A Level students are provided with a current and innovative learning experience which enables them to get a holistic view of the A Level physical education qualification. We provide relevant trips during the two years which can give the students a good insight into putting theory into practice. We also offer enrichment programmes which involve onsite and offsite activities for the students to enjoy during their time with us, these support the emphasis of healthy active lifestyles and having a passion for sport. For the A level PE students these practical elements link with part of their qualification which is practical performance.


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