Love sport? We offer a varied curriculum in PE allowing students to experience a wide range of physical activities and sports. These include the traditional sports such as football, rugby, hockey and netball, but we also offer a range of alternative activities within curriculum time including trampolining, orienteering, swimming, fitness, table tennis and dance. We want to inspire young people to participate fully and enjoy the physical, psychological and social benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. We aspire to promote excellence, determination, respect, courage, inspiration and equality in all that we do.
We are also part of the new Specialist School curriculum in the School of Leadership; we run 3 modules entitled Games Leader, Fitness Leader and Outdoor Leader.
Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.
JOHN F KENNEDY
Annual sports day and numerous extra-curricular activities and fixtures - please see the calendar for details.
Sports Day, 14th July 2016 - film by Jonah Phillips and Isaac Gardner, Year 10
Why Study this Subject?
Topics of Study and Assignments
During a student's first half term they will experience a series of PE lessons designed to evaluate their starting point. These lessons include racket sports, invasion games, fitness and dance. Students are then placed in groups in relation to their knowledge and understanding, experience of physical activity and mind set. Activity blocks range from 4 double lessons to 8 double lessons across Years 7 and 8 where the emphasis is on developing skills, decision-making, leadership and knowledge and understanding of factors impacting on performance. All students will complete 1-2 lessons of cross-country running before the end of the Autumn term. Students will also get the opportunity to complete a 4 week swimming programme in Year 7.
Year 9-11 core PE has longer activity blocks and some opportunities for students to choose between activities. In Year 9, students can opt into GCSE PE or V Cert Health and Fitness (Level 2) which is normally taught over 3 years. For some students, there will be an opportunity to attend 'breakfast club' lessons between 7.40 and 8.40 am with a view to studying GCSE PE as an additional subject.
Angela Brand BA and currently studying for a Masters in Education is "obsessed with health and fitness" and spends her spare time running and mountain biking.
Rebbecca Chamberlain BSc Hons, PGCE, is a former international athlete and county netball player and swimmer.
Tim Clarke BSc, PGCE is a Teacher of PE as well as our Curriculum Development Manager. He values the importance of physical education and sport in developing key leadership, social and employability skills.
Thomas Lightfoot is qualified with a BSc Hons and a PGCE. He is a former Great Britain rowing trialist and a current County rugby player. He has a personal interest in rugby, athletics, cricket and rowing.
Helen MacDonald BA Hons, PGCE, AQA moderator and examiner and also Head of Dance has specialist interest in contemporary dance, boys dance, break dance and physical theatre.
Laura Nicholson BEd Hons is a PE teacher and also the Deputy Head of Turing School with a strong interest in hockey and athletics.
Mark Sorrell BSc, PGCE is the Head of Turing School as well as a PE teacher with a strong football background.
Paul Taylor BA Hons, PGCE formerly played Rugby at Welsh national level and has extensive cocaching experience. He is also the Behaviour and Inclusion Manager.
Miss Louise Thomas is qualified with a PGCE Secondary Dance Education and a BA HONS Degree in Dance and Culture. Her specialisms are in contemporary dance and the fusion of contemporary dance with other styles such as African, Kathak, Ballet and Hip Hop, as well as a strong interest in Musical Theatre and Jazz Dance. She is particularly interested in the work of Akram Khan, Hofesh Shecter, Netherlands Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Stuart Tuck is our Sports Instructor and formerly played for Brighton and Hove Albion.
Jemma Whitley is a PE Teacher.
Events and Activities
Crackit - Read all about this exciting venture which fuses design with cricket.
Varndean U13s competing at the Sussex School Games Finals https://t.co/NzCZyJ3SUB
@EnglandRugby you new pricing for the following fixtures is an absolute disgrace, you are pricing fans out of international rugby England v South Africa, Saturday 3 November - £90 England v New Zealand, Saturday 10 November - £115 England v Australia, Saturday 24 November - £90
Great effort Varndean yr 7 girls . 7 th overall at the national 5 aside finals https://t.co/xzN3eZdoNY
National U12 Girls 5 Aside Football Finals......all to play for ! Go Varndean https://t.co/OCPRqEi3Qc