Mr S ROBERTSON Director of Sport & Curriculum Leader of Physical Education
Mr P Allen
Mr M Bateman Extra Curricular  Co-Ordinator, Sports Academy Lead
Mr C Chambers WS Quality Nominee BTEC, Head of Craig House
Mr D Cooper
Mr P Cornell
Mr S Dodds Deputy Headteacher 
Mr N Darling Assistant Headteacher
Mr D Evans Assistant Curriculum Leader
Mr M Sanders Learning Intervention Manager Year 7 & 8
Mr G Wolfenden PE Assistant



Physical Education Department

A leading department within a successful school. The Department staffing structure comprises a Director of Sport & Curriculum Leader for Physical Education, Assistant Curriculum Leader of Physical Education plus ten other members of staff, some of whom have responsibilities within other areas of the school, including two members of the School Leadership Team, a Learning Intervention Manager for Year 7, a Head of House, staff responsible for Whole School Quality Nominee of BTEC, a PE assistant and an Extra Curricular Sports Manager.

Curriculum Physical Education is delivered throughout all Key Stages and at GCSE, BTEC, AS and A2 levels. Curricular Physical Education is supported by a broad and balanced extra-curricular programme of the highest order.

The School has a genuine commitment to physical education and sport with many staff within the School supporting PE and sport in an extra–curricular capacity. This growing programme is supported further by specialist external coaches.


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Key Stage 3

Time allocation: 4 x 1 hour periods per fortnight. Classes are taught as mixed ability form groups during Year 7 of approximately 30 pupils. In Year 8 and 9 classes are taught in strategic learning groups.

  • Pupils are given the opportunity to build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2 to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. Developing an understanding of  what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. The ‘hands , heads, hearts’ approach encourages all pupils to develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and physical activity out of school and in later life understanding and applying the long-term health benefits of physical activity.


Throughout the KS3 activity programmes students will have the opportunity to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through both team and individual games and to develop their technique and improve their performance in a number of sports. They will take  part in outdoor and adventurous style activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and they will be  encouraged to work in a team, building trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group. Students are always encouraged to analyse their performances and compare to previous ones demonstrating improvement. All students have the opportunity to take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs and are encouraged to do so.


 Key Stage 4

Time allocation: 4 x 1 hour periods per fortnight. Currently two groups per year follow GCSE Physical Education (OCR specification) alongside one Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Sport group each with 5 x 1 hour periods.

Students face more  complex and demanding physical activities, taking part in activities that allow them to develop personal fitness and promote an understanding of the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. Students are given further opportunity develop and refine a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games, developing their techniques to improve their performance in other competitive sports or other physical activities. They continue to analyse and evaluate performance and are provided with the opportunity take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.


Post 16

All students are timetabled for Enrichment activities or Physical Recreation on a Wednesday afternoon. The OCR AS/A2 Physical Education specification is followed; we currently run one group at AS and A2 level.  Time allocation: 10 x 1 hour periods per fortnight. The School also offers Edexcel’s Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at post 16 . This has proved to be very popular and highly successful course.

A large number of students go on to study Physical Education and Sport related courses at University or pursue sport as a career.



The Department has outstanding on site facilities including:DSC00897 (Large)

  • Large sports hall (including 4 indoor cricket bays)
  • Swimming pool + Lifeguard
  • Synthetic turf pitch (floodlit)
  • Tennis courts (two floodlit)
  • Extensive grass playing areas
  • Junior cricket square and synthetic wicket.
  • Senior cricket square (and pavilion)
  • Grass athletics track.
  • 3 academic teaching rooms.


Extra Curricular

Sandbach School runs a broad and balanced extra-curricular programme, including traditional block fixtures across a variety of sports and activities, which take place at weekends. During the autumn term, rugby football, hockey, cross-country and orienteering feature strongly in the School’s calendared events. Within the spring term, association football, hockey and swimming dominate; the summer term consists of cricket, tennis and athletics.

In addition to the above mentioned activities we provide opportunity for the pupils to experience badminton, basketball, canoeing, circuit training, golf, table tennis, water sports and volleyball.

The School Teams compete regularly at Inter-School, District, County, Regional and National events, students have achieved honours at all levels.  The School have recently produced 6 Rugby and 3 Hockey internationals.  During October 2013 half-term the School’s rugby and hockey squads toured Northern Italy. February 2013 saw two cricket squads tour the Cape Region of South Africa whilst football visited Italy in 2012.


 Please note: Year 7 groups will be placed in an activity after their baseline assessments has been completed.

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