In the same way that students at our schools expect access to a high quality experience in areas such as Drama and Music, so they should benefit from a sporting programme that combines broad participation and enjoyment of regular exercise, with a strong programme of competitive team sport.

Key elements of the sporting programme;

  • Access to top quality coaching, generally by specialist sports staff and coaches.
  • A broad range of sports offered in outstanding facilities.
  • A competitive spirit but with a strong emphasis on fair play and respect for the opposition.
  • Age-appropriate sporting activities across the 3-18 spectrum.
  • Opportunities for the gifted and talented sports players to develop their elite skills.

Sport at Dunannie

We aim to give children the best possible start in sport by providing opportunities to participate in an exciting variety of activities. We aim to enthuse, to build confidence and to inspire. The children acquire a wide range of fundamental skills across the sport curriculum. These skills are the essential building blocks upon which sporting and leisure activities are developed. The children are encouraged to challenge themselves, to believe that they can reach their goals and to be proud of all their achievements.  They learn the importance of fair play, cooperation, understanding and following rules. 

"The children are encouraged to challenge themselves, to believe that they can reach their goals and to be proud of all their achievements"


Competition is a natural ingredient in sport.  Whether children are competing against themselves or one another, we provide an environment in which this healthy stimulus to development can flourish. It is equally important for children to develop movement skills which can be used creatively in subjects such as dance and gymnastics.  We aim to achieve a balance between aesthetic and practical, individual, partner and team work.

At Dunannie we have a hard court area, a wonderful orchard which lends itself to activities such as orienteering, and a Dunannie/Dunhurst gymnasium.  The children also share the extensive Bedales 
facilities which include an Astro pitch, playing fields (17 acres), sports hall, tennis and netball courts and a superb indoor swimming pool.

All PE lessons are taught by specialist teachers. Nursery children have up to two lessons a week and experience a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Children from Reception through to Year 3 have three lessons a week, increasing from 1½ to 2½ hours. Year 3 have games with Group 1 (Year 4) from Dunhurst, when specialist teachers at Dunannie and Dunhurst join together, providing an opportunity for additional challenges.

They take part in a wide range of activities throughout the year:

  • Gymnastics
  • Games – netball, basketball, football, hockey, kwik-cricket, rounders, tennis skills, tag rugby, pop lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor activities – orienteering
  • Fitness and Health related activities
  • Athletics

Extra-curricular PE activities

The extra-curricular sports clubs offered at Dunannie allow children in Years 2 and Year 3 to participate in a range of physical activities and widen their experience. Specialist coaches provide a high quality of teaching.  These may include:

  • Football, Tennis  and Cricket 
  • Gymnastics (children follow the BAGA awards system)
  • Swimming/Lifesaving (Children take part in a RLSS ‘Rookie’ course)
  • Summer athletics/games
  • Judo  (children follow the BJA award scheme) 

Children in Year 2 and 3 may have the opportunity to compete in friendly sporting festivals and matches against other local schools.

An overview of Sport and PE at Bedales Schools: