Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity all play an important part in any child’s educational journey. Verulam PE aims to provide planned progressive learning to all students through a broad range of activities and experiences. In addition through our new partnerships with local sporting teams we aim to offer an increased range of extra-curricular clubs with clear pathways for pupils to continue their sporting interests further.
Sport is one of the key components of life at Verulam and students are actively encouraged to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle through not only weekly Physical Education lessons, but also Games. Games lessons are: Rugby (Autumn Term), Football (Spring Term) and Athletics and Cricket (Summer Term). There is also the opportunity for fencing off site at the Paul Davis Fencing Academy.
The School’s sports facilities include 9 Rugby and/or Football pitches, a grass cricket square, an astro cricket square, indoor Cricket nets, Sports Hall, 400 metre grass running track. All students also have access to a fully equipped fitness suite with a range of cardio and resistance machines.
Our students have been highly successful at District and County level at many sports; for example, our u14 Football team in 2019 finished a stunning year in football by reaching the English Schools’ Elite National Cup Final.
Experiencing team sport and individual physical activities are important in creating team spirit, positive relationships and pride in individual and team achievements beyond the academic curriculum. Co-curricular competitive sport at Verulam School has always played an integral part of school life. All students are provided with opportunities to participate in competitive sport at an appropriate level. Specialist coaches assist Verulam students in Table tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Football and Cricket further increasing the number of extracurricular clubs on offer. Pupils who attend these sessions often use this pathway to continue their sporting interest further through further sessions with the coaches.
Some of our most notable current successes include: Students signed with a range of football clubs including: The England team, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, MkDons, Queens Park Rangers and Stevenage. Rugby success includes students playing at County and Regional Rugby League level. Our students also excel at Athletics; for example, one or our students is the South of England Octathlon Champion. We also have District success in a number of disciplines and we have tennis success resulting in one of our team members becoming a member of the England National Team. The sporting year culminates in our unique take on ‘Sports’ Day’: Verulympics. Whilst our elite athletes compete to beat their personal bests, there are a myriad of other sporting opportunities for our students to try ranging from beach volleyball, to golf, ice-skating and cycling to name but a few.
In Key Stage 3 pupils have 1 hour of PE and 2 hours of Games. They will take part in Table tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Handball, Rounders, Tennis, Volleyball, Health Related Fitness, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Athletics and Fencing.
In Key Stage 4 we offer BTEC Sport and GCSE PE. Results in both have been nothing short of exceptional and well above national average. All pupils have 2 hours a week of physical activity where they take part in Table tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Handball, Rounders, Tennis, Volleyball, Health Related Fitness, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Dodgeball, Golf, Boxing and Fencing.
Kit Required for lessons
Compulsory: Trainers, Boots for games lessons, Games top, Games socks, shorts, PE top.
Optional Items: Shin pads, Mouth guard, Towel, Thermal, Tracksuit (Blue), Water Bottle