Head of Physical Education
Mr K Walker – BA Hons Sport and Leisure Studies
Assistant Physical Education Teachers
Mrs M Wright – BA Hons Sport and Leisure Studies
Mrs A Gordon – BA Hons Sport and Leisure Studies
Ms S Harrison – BA Hons Combined History and Sport Science and PE
Mr DJ Kane – BA Hons Sport and Leisure Studies
Mr J McGlade
The Physical Education Department aims:
• to contribute to the physical development of each pupil through the promotion of skill acquisition and competence in a range of physical activities;
• to contribute to the social education of the individual pupil providing opportunities for pupils to co-operate with one and other and to share the value of sports and games through a sense of satisfaction and achievement for play and teamwork;
• to promote in each pupil an interest in and knowledge of physical activity and its contribution to the maintenance of lifelong personal health and fitness;
• to prepare pupils to make active, creative and purposeful use of their leisure time throughout their lives;
• to enable pupils to gain enjoyment and an aesthetic appreciation of movement through purposeful and progressive physical activity;
• to allow pupils irrespective of gender, ability, culture or religion the opportunity to access a full Physical Education programme and achieve success within the physical activity;
• to extend the curriculum beyond that offered in timetabled classes.
Organisation of Teaching Groups
In Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in their Form classes which are merged and taught as discrete Boys and Girls classes.
Key Stage 3
Year 8 – one double period per week
Year 9 – two double periods per week
Year10 – one double and one single period per week
Pupils are taught a balanced programme based on the NI Curriculum including; Athletics; Games (Invasion, fielding/striking, net/wall); Gymnastics; Swimming and Outdoor Education.
In Key Stage 4, pupils are taught as a whole Year group with 3/4 teachers allocated to teach the group.
Key Stage 4
Year 11 & 12 – one double per week
Academic Physical Education
Pupils have the option to study GCSE PE in Year 11, which follows the CCEA GCSE Physical Education specification. Pupils will study GCSE PE in an additional 5 periods per week over the two years.
In Sixth Form, pupils have the option to study BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (equivalent to one A Level). During this course pupils will study 7 modules from the EDEXCEL specification in 8 periods per week over the two years.
Gifted and Talented Athletes
Our Gifted and Talented programme recognises the hard work and dedication that our talented athletes put in beyond school sport. At present there are a number of Gifted and Talented Athletes within the College:
Adam Dennison Ireland Cricket Under 17&19
Rachel Ryan NI Netball Under 17
Adrianna McMullan Irish Youth Boxing
Clodagh McComiskey Irish Youth Boxing
Shenna McKivergan Irish Cycling
Rebecca Lennon GB Youth Archery
Rachel McDonnell NI Junior Karate
Victoria Bushby NI Junior Karate
Rhys McDonnell NI Junior Karate
Katie Canniford Down Camogie Under 15
Courtney Savage Down Camogie Under 14
Matthew Devlin NI Junior Gymnastics