All students at NHESC have the opportunity to participate in Core PE/ODP sessions for at least 2 hours per week.
Students have a choice of activities each half term and opt for either: a traditional Physical Education sport; an Outdoor Pursuits activity; or an alternative physical activity.
Opportunities to participate in physical activities are also provided through special events during the school calendar such as during Activities Week in the Autumn Term and the sponsored walk/cycle at Grafham Water in the Spring Term.
Students opting for Sport as an optional lesson on the Bancroft Vocational and Briar Patch GCSE programme follow the BTEC Level 1 Award/Certificate in Sport & Active Leisure qualification through Edexcel, equivalent to one GCSE. The course is well suited to the students with its emphasis on coursework assignments and/or practical activities across the units, but no final examination.
For practical PE and ODP activities we use a number of off-site venues as well as the facilities at our two sites – the outdoor tennis court at Briar Patch and both indoor areas for table tennis. We have a good relationship with many providers in the region and during the course of the year we use the following venues: Letchworth Tennis Club and Xchange Fitness in Hitchin for gym and weight training; Active4Less gym in Stevenage for street dance; Bowes Lyon Youth Centre in Stevenage for basketball, badminton, football, trampolining and indoor cricket; Stevenage Football Club Academy for football; North Herts Leisure Centre in Letchworth for trampolining, badminton and racquetball; and Stevenage Leisure Centre also for trampolining.
We used a variety of providers for ODP activities too including: Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage; Kempston Outdoor Centre in Bedford; as well as the XC Centre, Hemel Snow Centre, and Phasels Wood Outdoor Activity Centre, all in Hemel Hempstead.
The Head of Department for PE/ODP is Paul Thompson.