Students learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime.

Students learn to develop the notion of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and dealing with both success and defeat.

Many activities taught in PE require students to work in groups to solve problems or as a team. These opportunities are excellent for developing both leadership and cooperation skills.

Broad General Education (BGE)

This is a broad ranging course which is designed following the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. It includes a selection of the following activities:

  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Fitness
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Short
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Handball

Through this wide range of activities PE aims to provide pupils with a platform from which they can build physical competencies, improve physical fitness and develop cognitive skills and personal qualities.

There are three experiences and outcomes that pupils are assessed in:

Movement skills competencies and concepts

Select adapt and apply movement skills creatively accurately and with control.

Practice, consolidate and refine skills to improve performance.

Develop and sustain levels of fitness.

Cooperation and Competition

Develop skills to lead and recognise strengths in group members and themselves.

Contribute to teams through knowledge of individual strengths group tactics and strategies.

Evaluating and Appreciating

Analyse and discuss own and others’ work recognising strengths and areas of improvement.

Giving pupils the opportunity to work on their own, with a partner, or in groups using a variety of equipment both indoors and outdoors their knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of sporting activities will be enhanced.

Senior Phase

S4-6 Core PE

We endeavour to offer a wide range of activities to encourage lifelong participation.

Activities include:

  • Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Spin Classes
  • Fitness
  • Basketball
  • Short Tennis

There will be the option to do other activities throughout the year.  Pupils are encouraged to take more responsibility for their own learning by organising equipment, officiating etc.

National 4/5

S3 Choice Physical Education

Pupils who have chosen PE in S3 will begin to look at some of the knowledge, skills and terminology providing them with a strong foundation in Factors Impacting on Performance, Methods of Data Collection and Monitoring and Evaluation.

In S4, pupils who choose certificated PE will have to work towards the following courses:

National 4 Units

  • Performance Skills
  • Factors Impacting on Performance
  • National 4 Added Value Unit – Performance in more challenging context

National 5

  • Performance Skills
  • Factors Impacting on Performance.
  • National 5 Course – 2 one off Performances in challenging context 60 marks (internally assessed) and Portfolio 60 marks (externally assessed)
  • Practical Activity

Pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities which build upon the skills developing in the BGE.

S5/6 Sports Leaders

This is a practical course which gives candidates the skills and confidence required to lead a sports session successfully. Sports Leaders will take these skills and confidence into our cluster Primary Schools to deliver sessions to pupils, and S6 Sports Leaders have the opportunity to give up their free periods to come in and assist PE staff with S1-3 classes.

Higher Physical Education

All S5 and S6 pupils have the option to choose Higher PE in their course options, however it is recommended that pupils who choose Higher have progressed through National 5 in S4 and are working to a good level in English to cope with the writing demands of the course.

Aims of the Course

  • To develop a comprehensive range of complex performance skills in a variety of challenging contexts.
  • To select and apply skills and make informed decision with different performance contexts.
  • To analyse and evaluate mental, emotional, social and physical factors that impact on performance and utilise different approaches to develop these factors.


Higher pupils will be expected to develop their skill repertoire within a variety of performance contexts. A selection of the following activities will be covered:

  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Basketball
  • Badminton


Higher pupils will be expected to complete homework on a regular basis. This homework is often given and submitted electronically via email or google classroom. All pupils taking Higher PE will be expected to meet deadlines consistently and must ensure their work is to their highest standard.


The Course Assessment consists of two one-off performances (60 marks) and a Question Paper (50 marks). The performance is internally assessed and the Question Paper is marked externally by the SQA.

Extracurricular opportunities

Games Hall Girls Football S1-S3 Mon 1pm-1.30pm Nil Lucy Horn (S6)
Games Hall Girls Netball S1-S2 Mon 3.30pm-4.30pm Nil Miss Campbell
Astro Boys Football S3-S4 Mon 3.30-4.30pm Nil Mr Witton
Spin Studio Spin S3-S6 Mon 3.40-4.15pm Nil Miss McShannon
Games Hall Morning Fitness S3-S6 Tue 7.20am -7.50am Nil Miss McShannon
Games Hall Racquet Sports S1-S6 Tue 1pm-1.30pm Nil Mr Witton
Games Hall Girls Netball S3-S6 Tue 3.30pm-4.30pm Nil Miss McShannon
Games Hall Boys Rugby S1-S2 Tue 3.30pm-4.30pm Nil Mr Witton
Astro Hockey S1-S6 Wed 3.30-4.30pm Nil Mrs Cochrane
Games Hall Basketball S3-S4 Thu 3.30pm-4.30pm Nil Mr Hunter
Old Gym Dance S1-S3 Thu 3.30pm-4.30pm Nil Miss Tavakoli/Miss Burrows
Spin Studio Morning Spin S3-S6 Fri 7.20am -7.50am Nil Miss McShannon
The basketball club below is not included in the £10 fee and is only bookable online at · or visit for a the link and guide

Games Hall Basketball S1-2 Fri 2:15-3:00pm £3 pw Gavin Menzies


Members of the PE Department 

Miss N McShannon
Mr L Witton
Mr C Hunter