physical education - Welcome

The Physical Education Department consists of five passionate members of specialist staff who strive to provide all students with positive experiences within PE. Staff have high standards and excellent relationships that enthuse, inspire and motivate students to engage and achieve their full potential.

We benefit from fantastic sporting facilities which include extensive outdoor playing fields, sports hall, climbing wall, dance studio and two multi use games areas. In addition we have strong local community links through our use of facilities such as Waterside Farm Leisure Centre.

Through a combination of high quality teaching and learning and the aforementioned sporting facilities this year we achieved the following results:-


100% A*-C

67% A*/A

44% A*

3 Levels Progress – 100%

4 Levels Progress – 94%

5 Levels Progress – 63%

6 Levels Progress – 5%

OCR Sports Science –

100% A*-C

27% A*/A

3 Levels Progress – 100%

4 Levels Progress – 81%

5 Levels Progress – 27%

We would like to congratulate all our sports students on achieving such fantastic results – Well done.

Our Vision - ‘Sport For All’

We pride ourselves in offering a broad and balanced curriculum to challenge all students, irrespective of an individual’s sporting ability. We believe that sport and physical exercise is for all and the curriculum we offer enables all our students to achieve in a supportive and rigorous environment. Our objective is to encourage a positive mindset that ensures all students develop competence, resilience, confidence and self belief in a way that supports their health, fitness and future development, promoting a life long love of physical exercise and participation in sport. Additionally it is essential for all students to experience a level of competition and the sporting values this promotes. Instilling sporting and British values within PE will make our students more inclusive, determined and motivated both on the field and in the classroom thus contributing to whole school excellence and preparing them for modern day Britain.

In addition to a broad curriculum, we also offer an extensive range of extra curricular opportunities before, during and after school. Our timetable of clubs is available on the school website and is updated each half term with new clubs and activities.

We encourage all students to attend and get involved with as much physical activity as possible. As a school, we participate in the level one and two ‘Sainsbury’s School Games’ which recognise our inter-house school sport competitions and allow all students to participate and succeed. Additionally, we enter district and county competitions in a range of sports including netball, basketball, boys and girls football, hockey, rugby, cross country, athletics, rounders, cricket, trampolining, gymnastics, aerobics, swimming, and table tennis.

We have specialist teachers as well as outside coaches that work together to ensure your child receives the very best level of support irrespective of their starting point. We also believe it is important that your child values their community, thus they will have the opportunity to work with the local Rotary Club on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award project and local primary schools, hosting and running events. Additionally, we also offer an extensive range of enrichment trips and activities such as the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, sport tours, match visits and ski trips, which are exciting opportunities that will enhance pupils experience here at Cornelius.

The department offers sporting qualifications including GCSE Physical Education and OCR Sports Science which will equip them with the skills needed to work in a sporting field or to study Physical Education at a higher level. In addition to traditional school sports GCSE pupils will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor adventurous activities.

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National association of
Able Children in England

Cornelius Vermuyden are an official member of NACE (National association of Able Children in England).

Not only does this partnership support our development of our highest achieving pupils, it supports the development of every pupil in the school. We are committed to ensuring that a high level of challenge exists in the classroom in every lesson and to help potential convert to success and happiness for our pupils. We are firm believers that "rising tides lift all ships" and that if all students have a daily diet of challenging experiences at school and beyond, then this will help support their educational and personal development as learners and as people. Yet, as our 2016 GCSE results showed, those who come to us classed as more able achieve incredible results – for example, Callum Cuthbert leaving the school with 11 A* grades is an achievement that is not just well above the national average in terms of progress and achievement, but one that should be celebrated in terms of the school's work with its high achieving pupils.

However, here at Cornelius Vermuyden, we promote the ethos that all children must be given access to a positive mindset in terms of their learning. The message is clear; all young people are capable of reaching any goal they set their mind to if they are challenged and show a positive attitude to self - improvement . Cornelius Vermuyden places challenge and the importance of a 'growth mindset' at the heart of its teaching and learning vision for our pupils and our association with NACE is supporting this commitment to all pupils at the school.

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