Physical Education at St Mary’s makes an important contribution to the education and holistic development of all pupils. Pupils are provided with opportunities to acquire competence in a range of skills set out in the Revised Curriculum. Fundamentally we aim to develop 4 main domains of learning: Psychomotor Domain: developing movement skills Cognitive Domain: developing knowledge and understanding Affective Domain: developing attitudes and values Social Domain: developing relations, confidence and cooperation All teaching promotes an awareness and appreciation of safe practice


  • Mrs J Martin H.O.D.
  • Mrs C Gibbons
  • Mrs C Bell
  • Miss J Chapman


Physical is a compulsory for pupils. All pupils receive two 40 minute lessons per week. Opportunities are provided for pupils to: Increase their knowledge, understanding and skills through frequent and regular participation in a balanced programme of Athletics, Games (invasion, fielding/striking and net/wall), Gymnastics, Swimming Dance and Outdoor Education; Practise, refine and develop skills and specific techniques (e.g. using strategies, tactics, choreographic and/or compositional principles) and use these with consistency. Experience, monitor and understand a range of short-term effects of exercise on the body systems including cardiovascular and musculo-skeletal systems. Monitor and evaluate their own activity levels over a period of time and plan how they can fulfil the activity recommendations for health. Develop their knowledge of safe practices and procedures when taking part in sport and physical activity. Develop the skills and capabilities required to analyse and improve their own and others’ work. Develop the skills and capabilities required to work effectively with others in tasks which require co-operation, creativity, problem solving, planning and team work.


PE continues to be a very successful GCSE subject at St Mary’s. Presently Year 12 students study CCEA GCSE PE. They receive five lessons per week two of which are practical. The subject content is divided into three compulsory components:Component 1: Developing Knowledge, Understanding and Skills for Balanced, Healthy Lifestyles and Participation in Physical Activities.  Students complete one written question paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. • Component 2: Controlled Assessment 20% Developing and Maintaining a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle.  Students are assessed on their evidence of developing and maintaining balanced, healthy lifestyles. This includes their ability to analyse, evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor actions to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. • Component 3: Individual Performance in Physical Activities, which comprises: Controlled Assessment - 40% (a) Analysing, evaluating, planning, implementing and monitoring actions to improve skilled performance in selected physical activities - 10% (b) Improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of individual performances in physical activities.Students must complete three individual performances in different physical activities from at least two of the categories below - 30% • athletics activities; • dance activities; • games activities; • gymnastics activities; • outdoor adventure activities; and • specialist activities. Students are assessed on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their performances. One assessment may be based on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the student’s performance as leader and official. Thus a candidate may be assessed in the same physical activity as a participant and as a leader and official.  

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Pupils in Lower and Upper Sixth receive two 40 minute lessons per week. Pupils participate in a wide range of activites some of which include Zumba, Badminton, Team games, Orienteering, Netball, Boxercise, Yoga and Trampolining. A Level PE Presently two Year 14 students  study A Level PE  (AQA).  They receive eight lessons per week. They cover two units as follows:
Unit 3 – PHED3Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport. 84 marks, 30% of the A-level 2 hour written examination Three sections: Section A – how exercise physiology can optimise performance Section B – how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance Section C – contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer
Unit 4 – PHED4Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation 120 marks, worth 20% of the A-level Internal assessment with external moderation Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Examination Performance

GCSE PE results for 2018: 100% A*-C

Extra Curricular

Pupils are provided with opportunities to participate in a wide range extra-curricular activities. Some of the activities on offer include: Athletics Badminton Bokwa Fitness Cross - country Fitness Club Football Gaelic Football Netball Swimming Tag Rugby Tennis Trampolining