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Students receive two hours of Physical Education throughout Key Stage 3, and one hour for Key Stage 4. The PE curriculum at Smithills allows students to develop their competence and confidence in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Students are able to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully in many different activities including football, netball, swimming, basketball, rugby, cricket, aerobics, trampolining, rounders, table tennis, handball, badminton and athletics.


Smithills facilities are amongst the best in the authority, with students having access to an excellent double size sportshall, a swimming pool, netball courts, dance studio, extensive playing fields including five football pitches and athletics track, woodland/trekking access, and a fully equipped fitness suite.


The Smithills Faculty of Sport and PE also has very good links with primary school access to this subject. Many primary schools use our facilities for sporting events which helps them develop confidence and work on basic skills.  PE staff  also have time allocated to go into primary schools to deliver quality PE and Sport.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students at Smithills have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities running before, during and after school. We participate in many Bolton Schools Competitions including football, basketball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, fishing, rounders, cross country and netball, as well as Lancashire Schools Cup Competitions in football, and basketball.


The department also runs other sports/activities including:

Ski trips to Austria or France ( Advertised every two/three years)
Sports Leadership events – primary school competitions

Inter-House Competitions

Inter-House competitions are held in football, basketball, netball, badminton, swimming, bench-ball, and table tennis and Sports-Day athletics.

GCSE Physical Education

In terms of Options Subjects, students have the opportunity to choose to study GCSE PE. This enables them to engage with the theory and understanding of all aspects of sport/PE. They are also assessed on practical skills in a range of activities such as swimming, football, rounders, circuit training and mountain biking.



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