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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.

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The School’s Twickenham Playing Fields are used predominantly for Saturday morning fixtures and afternoon Games lessons. The facilities on offer include cricket nets, a fitness suite, and four dual usage fields (Rugby or Football depending on the season).

In addition to the School gymnasium and the Twickenham playing fields, the School is ideally situated to take full advantage of an excellent array of local facilities.

These include the Westway, Portobello Green Fitness Centre, Kensington Leisure Centre, Barn Elms Sports Facility, Linford Christie Stadium, Lords Cricket Ground, Richmond Athletic Rugby Ground and Canalside Activity Centre.

Sports on Offer


The Rugby season commences in September with trials for all age groups. All rugby teams play Saturday morning fixtures for the duration of the Michaelmas term. In addition to Saturday morning fixtures senior teams are involved in midweek and cup fixtures.

Senior Rugby players also participate in Saturday morning and midweek fixtures during the Lent term. Rugby training for First, Third and Fourth Form takes place on Monday nights and for Second, Fifth and Sixth Form on Tuesday nights at Linford Christie Stadium. In addition to Rugby Union the School also enters various Rugby Sevens tournaments. These generally take place during the Lent term.


Football fixtures are played throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms. However it is only the First and Second XI teams that play Saturday morning fixtures during the Michaelmas term.

In addition to Saturday morning fixtures the School’s Football teams are also entered in various local and national cup competitions. Games for these competitions are played midweek.


The School’s Basketball programme continues to move from strength to strength under the expert direction of Coach Josh Cole. The School currently offers a range of opportunities for pupils to participate from basketball camps during the holidays to midweek training and competitions. Both the senior and junior teams are entered in borough and inter-borough competitions.

Rock Climbing

During the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, pupils from the Lower Sixth can participate in Rock Climbing at the Westway Climbing Centre. The Friday sessions culminate in a two day outdoor climbing trip. During the Trinity term pupils from the Third Form have the option of attending Friday evening sessions which aim to build upon the curriculum Rock Climbing sessions that take place during curriculum lessons in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.


During the Lent Term, the School’s various Cricket teams are involved in mid-week cup and friendly fixtures with local schools. In addition to this, first year pupils have the opportunity to participate in indoor coaching sessions at Lords. The School currently runs teams in the Under-15, Under-14, Under-13 and the Under-12 age groups.

Table Tennis

Pupils have the option of attending coaching sessions during after school hours. In addition selected pupils represent the School in Borough competitions.

Girls' Sport

Girls’ sport is a welcome addition to the list of activities on offer at the Vaughan. Netball is on offer for girls in the Sixth Form.

Fitness Circuits

All pupils have the opportunity to participate in fitness circuits on Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes. These sessions cater for a range of fitness and ability levels.

Clubs & Activities

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PE Curriculum

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 develop physical and interpersonal skills 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, while Sixth Form pupils have the option of attending timetabled Games sessions. 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, Rock Climbing 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, Problem Solving (Orienteering), 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 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 BTEC and beyond.

Throughout the duration of the course pupils will have the opportunity to fulfill, and be assessed on, the following roles in a practical context: performer and/or leader/coach, or official.

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.

BTEC Level 3 Nationals: Sport and Exercise Science 

In Sixth Form, pupils can study the BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.

Careers in Physical Education 

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