Physical Education

Our aim is to ensure every pupil receives full access to an interesting and challenging PE Curriculum which will contribute to their physical, mental and social wellbeing and also their moral development.

The department works to develop pupils’ personal qualities such as pride in one’s self, self -esteem, commitment, respect for one another, and recognising duties and responsibilities.

Pupils work on developing their interpersonal skills by working in co-operation with others in a wide range of sporting activities. These experiences teach pupils the importance of remaining physically active and understand how it positively benefits their health.

Our ambition is that we fully equip all pupils with the knowledge and tools to live a healthy and active lifestyle after they leave school. Thus, encouraging them to continue with lifelong participation, long into adulthood.

 All pupils also have the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular sporting activities both at a competitive and recreational level.

Department Staff

Mrs K Haughey

Miss C Malone

Key Stage 3 Physical Education

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils follow a wide range of activities which allow them to experience challenge, be active, develop skills and understand how to evaluate their own and others performances. Activities studied at KS3 include Creative Dance, Netball, Gymnastics, Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis and Health Related Fitness.

Key Stage 4 Physical Education

At Key Stage 4, all pupils continue to develop their skills and understanding of Physical Education. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in activities which they have already enjoyed at Key Stage 3. There are also opportunities to try out new activities such as Zumba, Aerobics, Yoga and Fitness Training in the Fitness Suite. Our programme at KS4 aims to show pupils how they can remain physically active both inside and outside of school through a more tailored and individualised programme. All pupils at KS4 are inducted into the fitness suite which is available for use after school.



- Gymnasium with line marking for Netball, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball

- Assembly Hall with line marking for Netball and Badminton,

- Fitness suite with a range of Cardiovascular machines, Fixed weights machines and a Free weights set up,

- 2 x Changing room space

- Girls toilets


3 x Tennis Courts

1 X Netball Court   Athletics track


Pupils who wish to study this subject in more depth can opt to follow an examination course in GCSE Physical Education. We study the CCEA Specification which takes the following format:

A Level

In sixth form pupils have the opportunity to select Edexcel BTEC Sport and Exercise Sciences as a subject choice for A Level. Pupils study the following 6 Units throughout the 2 year course:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology for Sport

  • Unit 2: Sport & Exercise Physiology

  • Unit 3: Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Unit 18: Practical Team Sports

  • Unit 8: Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise

  • Unit 7: Exercise, Health & Lifestyle

Extracurricular Provision

We offer a variety of sporting extra-curricular activities for our pupils from Year 8- Year 14.

Extra-curricular activities include: Gaelic Football, Netball, Cross Country, Athletics, Dance and Fitness Activities.

Facilities & Resources

Sporting facilities include the Gymnasium, Assembly Hall, Fitness Suite, Outside Netball and Tennis Courts. The school often collaborates with outside agencies in order to extend the facilities available to the school.

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