Physical Education and Sports


Participation in sport is considered an important part of the educational philosophy at Deira International School. The focus of the sporting program is to encourage participation, no matter the level of skill, and to nurture a sporting culture that leads to personal best performances. The sporting program allows individuals to experiment with new sports and encourages seasoned competitors to improve their skills and to achieve at higher levels.

Deira International School is renowned for the quality of its Representative Teams. Students have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of sports and in each year more than 450 students wear the forest green and white colours of Deira International School teams. Representative Sports offered include sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby, Rounders, Touch Rugby, Rugby 7s, Athletics, Swimming, Cricket, Basketball. There are opportunities to compete at competitive and developmental level, ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity.

Deira International School is proud that current students and former students have performed at elite levels, participating at city, national and international level in a wide variety of sporting disciplines.


In order to ensure your child is exposed to high-quality Physical Education learning opportunities, all primary PE and Swimming lessons are taught by PE specialists. In Foundation Stage 1 and 2, students have a 30-minute PE (Term 2) or Swimming lesson (term 1 and 3) once a week with a Primary PE specialist. In years 1- 6, students have two PE lessons a week (1 lesson of Swimming,1 lesson of PE in term 1 and 3).

Our curriculum is varied and covers a variety of sporting activities. It promotes opportunities for students to develop their physical and mental capacity and improve their knowledge of health and physical well-being whilst also allowing opportunities for students to be creative, be leaders and learn how to work collaboratively in a team.

Our Secondary curriculum also offers a variety of sporting activities such as; Badminton, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance, Football, Swimming, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics and Fitness. All our modules finish with an Inter-house competition promoting the house spirit and providing students with the opportunity to apply their skills in a competitive environment. Students in the Secondary School are assessed in PE every half term. They are assessed through 3 different methods: 60% practical performance (moderated through IGCSE criteria), 20% on how well they demonstrate the IB Learner Attributes and 20% on their theoretical knowledge of PE E.G. Anatomy, Physiology and skill acquisition. At GCSE level we offer the International Cambridge Specification and at IB the Sports, Exercise and Heath Science course (SL and HL).