Faculty Leader: Miss R. Turnbull

At Friars Academy we passionately believe in the positive impact physical education and school sport can have on young people’s lives. High quality teaching and extra-curricular activities create an environment that inspires all pupils to succeed and reach their full potential.

"The Academy provides students with a wealth of opportunities in physical education and meets with a high level of success in competitive sport. It takes a lead role locally in promoting sporting achievement and has gained prestigious awards for the contribution it makes.” (2015)

“Students throughout the Academy make outstanding progress in physical education and gain a wide range of skills.” (2015)

“Involvement in sporting activities contributes a great deal to students’ confidence and ability to work as a team, especially for the many older students who train as sports leaders and help with events that are organised for other schools.” (2015)


At Friars Academy we recognise the important effect Physical Education can have on the child as a whole. The PE and Sport lessons we deliver not only aim to develop student’s physical skills but also important elements like social skills, creativity and understanding of health and fitness. Developing a child’s self-esteem and confidence through participation in PE and Sport, and creating a positive learning environment for them is an underlying theme within the PE department.

All students have three PE and Sport lessons a week, one of which is a fitness lesson in our fitness suite.

Key Stage 4

As students move into Key Stage 4 we focus on developing their leadership skills at varying levels, depending on their ability. As students prepare to leave Friars Academy towards the end of year 11, we change our focus to supporting them in understanding the benefit of a lifelong participation in sport and how they can be physically active outside of education.

Extra-curricular Activities

The PE Department at Friars offer after school sports clubs every week, where students can participate in a range of different sports and activities in a more relaxed environment. Attending after school sports clubs is a great opportunity for students to socialise with a variety of students from different year groups and classes, as well as further developing their fundamental and sports specific skills.


The PE department feel that participating in sports competitions and fixtures against other schools is a valuable experience for our students. We provide competitive opportunities in a variety of sports for students of all abilities. We participate in competitions at a county, regional and national level.

Lead Inclusion School

Friars Academy has been the lead inclusion school for Northamptonshire since 2011.

"A network of sixty Youth Sport Trust lead inclusion schools from across England have been established, each selected for their recognised expertise in engaging young people with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) to compete, participate and lead through PE and sport. They are inclusion champions and are visionaries for what high equality, meaningful and inclusive PE and school sport should look like for every child. They work yo empower teachers to be more inclusive in their practise, provide meaningful competition and competition pathways for young people, raising their aspirations and providing inclusive leadership opportunities.”

Youth Sport Trust