- Mrs E Haigney (Head of Department)
- Mrs M Walsh
- Ms Carabine
Physical Education equips pupils with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that help them to develop a healthy, active approach to life and instills in them a lifelong enthusiasm for sustaining a healthy active lifestyle. The high-quality Physical Education curriculum that we deliver inspires our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.
Aside from the obvious benefits to health and general fitness levels, regular physical activity promotes mental and social well-being too. Playing a sport isn’t just playing a sport; it can also be developing motor skills, self-esteem, ability to form strategies and play by the rules, creative thinking, leadership abilities and other interpersonal skills, including teamwork and a sense of fair play.
The many and varied skills and attributes that students acquire in PE are important ‘life-skills’ which develop them as well-rounded individuals and help to prepare them for future employment.
The on-site facilities that the school has to offer include:
|Indoor||a large sportshall, a gymnasium with adjoining spin studio, fitness suite.|
|Outdoor||gaelic/camogie pitch, soccer pitch, multi-purpose pitch, 5 tennis courts, 1 outdoor netball court.|
The school also makes use of a variety of off-site facilities to assist with the delivery of curricular and extra-curricular programmes. These include Andersonstown Leisure Centre, Lisburn Racquets Club, Delamont Outdoor Education Centre and Knockbracken Equestrian Centre.
Physical Education is compulsory for all students in key stage 3. Students in year 8-10 are time-tabled to have 1 hour of PE per week. During this time they follow a broad and balanced program to include;
|Athletics (Track & Field)|
|Cross Country Running|
|Dance (creative, national, cheer-leading, salsa, aerobic)|
|Health Related PE|
|Fitness Suite (year 10+)|
|Games: Individual (tennis, badminton)|
|Games: Team (basketball, netball, volleyball, football, tag rugby, dodgeball, rounders, multi-skills sports)|
Many of these activities, along with other additions, are also offered as after school clubs which students are encouraged to join.
See separate section on PE Extra-curricular Activities for more detailed information.
Physical Education is compulsory for all students in key stage 4. Most students in year 11 and 12 are time-tabled to have 1 hour of PE per week. During this time they follow a broad and balanced program with an increased Fitness Focus.
This is an option for pupils to select at exam level. The CCEA Specification is delivered with a time allocation equivalent to 2.5 hours per week. The course is both practical and theoretical.
|GCSE PE Overview||Examined||%|
||Written Paper - 1.5 hours||40%|
Developing & Maintaining a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle
Related Further Study
The study of GCSE PE can provide a platform for further study into areas such as A Level PE, BTEC in Sport and Leisure, BTEC in Leisure and Tourism, Degree in Sports Science and PGCE in P.E.
This is an option for pupils to select at exam level. The BTEC Level 3 in Sport Specification is delivered with a time allocation of 5 hours per week.
|BTEC Level 3 Sport Overview||Examined||%|
|AS Equivalent||Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport (1 year course)||Written Coursework||100%|
|A2 Equivalent||Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (2 year course)||Written Coursework||100%|
Related Career Options
The study of PE/Sport can give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
It can open many doors but a number of related occupations include Personal Fitness Trainer, PE Teacher, Sports Coach, Leisure Centre Management, Tourism, Leisure Industry, Sports’ Development Officer, Sports Psychologist.