Physical Education

mma_vandyke_2010_2_128[2]We aim to provide the highest quality of learning across all sports and activities.  Students are set demanding targets and challenging lessons in order for them to maximise their potential.  We offer a broad range of sports and activities that are tailored to students’ needs, which enables students to have a positive PE experience.

“There is a good choice of options available, with strengths in physical education and dance through the specialist sports status and in performing arts.”
(Ofsted report, March 2010)

mma_vandyke_2010_2_290[1]Physical Education Courses, Activities and Initiatives

Core PE

Year 9, 10 and 11 students participate in a variety of different sports, learn about the importance of health and fitness and take part in sports leadership activities.

Dance2Students are taught in a mixture of single and mixed sex lessons.  During the lessons students have the opportunity to coach, officiate and analyse their performance.

Core PE sports include:


Football, rugby, basketbal, badminton, cricket, softball, table tennis, tennis, dodgeball, circuits, OAA, athletics, handball.


Aerobics, boxercise, dance, circuits, OAA, netball, hockey, football, badminton, rounders, tennis, athletics, handball.

Exam Accreditation


Our highly successful BTEC Sport and GCSE PE courses attract over 100 students, with results above the school and national averages.

Award Examining Body Year Group Equivalent to:

GCSE PE - Edexcel
Years 10/11

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport - Edexcel
Year 12
Equivalent to: 1 A2 Level

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport - Edexcel
Year 13
Equivalent to: 1 A2 Level

Extra-curricular Sports ActivitiesBoxing2

All students have access to a broad range of high quality specialism-related extra-curricular activities, accessible to all students and with good take up rates.

The PE Team at Vandyke run a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  These include: 

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket 
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Football                               
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Study support sessions for exam subjects
  • Table-tennis
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics

Weekly fixtures take place at local, district, county and national level.  The scope for sport in and outside of the curriculum means that many students reach high performance standards.


  • Astroturf (floodlit)
  • Sports Hall (4 badminton courts, 2 indoor cricket bays)
  • Dance studio
  • Multi-purpose Activity Room
  • Netball courts
  • Large field with a number of football and rugby pitches
  • Long Jump/Triple Jump Pits
  • 3 dedicated PE classrooms with computers and resource room

Links to Local Sports Clubs

We have established close links with local basketball, badminton, cricket, football, netball, hockey and athletics clubs and many of our students regularly play sport for local teams and go onto become assistant coaches and managers.

Links to the University of Bedfordshire

We have a close working relationship with the University of Bedfordshire and the .   GTP and work experience students from the university carry out work placements at Vandyke and are offered regular support and advice by their PE mentors.

'Living in Sport' Programme

Students in years 9 and 10 are involved in the "Living in Sport" programme where they take part in assemblies and workshops with ex-Olympic athletes.

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PE Accreditation
Leadership opportunities are developed throuh a number of accredited schemes.  We currently offer:
  • Duke Of Edinburgh
  • Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
  • National Governing Body Coaching Awards
  • Step into Sport programme
  • Living for Sport programme
  • Healthy Schools

PE Staff 

Mr Chris Miller - Director of Sport/Head of PE
Mr Lee Turney - Mr KS3/4 PE Co-ordinator
Mr Chris Duffy - Key Stage 5 PE Coordinator
Miss Nemeth, PE teacher
Miss Boland, PE teacher
Mr Stewart Seymour - Partnership Development Manager: Leighton-Linslade School Sport Partnership

Work Experience

BTEC Sport students carry out work experience in local middle and lower schools and this helps them to develop their communication, organisation, teamwork, knowledge of sport and overall confidence.