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Physical Education & Sport

The Vaughan runs an extensive and very successful extracurricular programme of team and individual sports.

Extracurricular sport at the Vaughan includes a range of competitive and participation based activities with the aim of providing something for every individual. In addition to Saturday morning fixtures for Rugby and Football, the School’s competitive teams also compete midweek in various cup and Borough competitions, including events and clubs in Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Rowing and Rock Climbing.

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Physical Education at Cardinal Vaughan caters for all abilities in a very wide range of sports.
During their time at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School all pupils have the opportunity to participate in timetabled practical sessions that aim to provide a holistic approach, providing development of the Head (Cognitive/Creative), Heart (Social/Emotional) and Hands (Physical) domains through involvement in a variety of sporting activities. 

Games afternoons take place once a week for all forms of entry. Games lessons are compulsory for Forms 1-5. In order to provide pupils with a broad range of activities the School utilises various local facilities.

Games Lessons

Games lessons tend to employ a predominantly sport education approach which seeks to retain the best aspects of sports experiences and aims to provide pupils with an avenue to develop physical and social skills. During Games pupils have the opportunity to develop understanding, awareness and competence in the following activities: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Fitness and Weights, Athletics, Tennis, Badminton, Indoor games, Fives and Table Tennis. In addition pupils have the option of participating in various house competitions.

House Competitions

Upon entry in the first form pupils are allocated to one of four houses: More, Mayne, Fisher or Campion. House competitions are held throughout the year in a variety of sports and all pupils are encouraged to represent their house at various stages throughout their time at the School. The house system encourages pupils to interact positively with their peers within a competitive context; thus promoting fair play, co-operation, social interaction and the further development and application of physical skills.

Key Stage Three

Pupils in the First and Second Form receive one additional hour of timetabled Physical Education per week. These lessons focus on skill development and also incorporate aspects relating to health and fitness. Some of the topics covered during Physical Education lessons include: Health Related Exercise, Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Cricket and Athletics.

Key Stage Four

This specification follows on from the Key Stage 3 Physical Education programme of study by providing opportunities to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in a variety of physical contexts. 

The content of the AQA GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle as well as providing a path towards further study in the subject at A’ Level and beyond.


GCSE Physical Education is a very demanding subject. It requires a broad theoretical outlook of physical activity and sport, as well as the ability to display competence in a range of practical activities across a number of differing roles.

Key Stage Five

In Sixth Form, pupils can extended their study in the A’ Level Physical Education course (AQA). This is a multi-disciplinary theoretical course and also requires an excellent competitive practical level in order to achieve. 

Sixth Form pupils also have an opportunity to involve themselves extra-curricular activities and in the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA).

Careers in Physical Education

Physical Education has links with careers in Physiotherapy, Sports Scientist, Osteopathy, Coaching, Teaching, Nursing, Biology, the Armed Forces, the Police and many other related fields.