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Welcome to the PE department


Department Staff

Mrs R. Montgomery (Head of Department)


Physical Education is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It enables pupils to learn through movement so that they develop, extend and refine their skills in a range of movement contexts.


Pupils should take part in a balanced programme of Athletics, Games, Gymnastics and Swimming. 

Schools are the most important context for promoting healthy lifestyles in pupils. Active, enjoyable and challenging Physical Education learning experiences encourage pupils to develop:

  • positive attitudes to and enjoyment of physical activity;
  • an awareness of the positive impact of physical activity on health and wellbeing; and
  • positive sporting behaviour and a sense of fair play.

In St. Mary's at Key stage 3 students will enjoy the opportunity to do Cheer Leading / Dance, Netball, Gaelic Football, Athletices, Basketball, Badminton, Unihoc and Minor Games. they will also have the opportunity to use our Fitness Suite.




Students will be given the opportunity to:

  • Develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of PE through selected activities
  • Develop an understanding of the factors affecting participation and performance
  • To promote the understanding of health benefits and risks associated with physical activity
  • To develop skills necessary to analyse and improve performance

The course provides a sound basis of knowledge and skills for further study at a more advanced level.  Employment opportunities include the sport and leisure industry, travel and tourism, physiotherapy, sports psychology and teaching. 

Please note:  Each student hoping to take part in GCSE PE must be water confident and be able to swim at least 2 lengths Front crawl.


Individual Performance 40%

Individual performance in chosen physical activities.  All candidates will be assessed in 3 sports from at least 2 of the area below:

  • Games
  • Dance Activities
  • Athletic Activities
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities
  • Gymnastic Activities
  • Water Activities


It will be of greater benefit if students play at least one of their chosen sports outside of school time, either with another team or club.


Written Examination 40%

This will be a 1hour 30 minute paper covering the areas of:

  • Concepts of health and exercise
  • Key influences that affect participation
  • The impact of exercise and training
  • Methods of training
  • Principles of training
  • Monitoring and assessment of fitness
  • Effects of exercise on the body systems
  • Health and safety issues
  • Exercise and training sessions
  • Exercise and training programmes
  • Skill in sport




Assessment of the Activity/Exercise profile (10%)

Students will complete a controlled assessment on their lifestyle to include exercise, diet, study/work and rest/sleep.  Students will then carry out a fitness test and complete their own planned 12 week exercise program.



Coach a skill from their preferred sport/activity (10%)

Students will take a skill from their preferred sport/activity and coach this skill to other students.  They must show the correct technique, give feedback on strengths and areas for improvement, provide drills for practice and summarise at the end of the session.