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Ms J Doherty-Clarke (Leader of Learning)
Mrs R Hicks
Miss L Hill
Ms E Morrison


In Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils receive one 90 minute lesson of PE per week.  The following activities are taught as part of the core PE programme at KS3.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Netball Netball Netball
Hockey Gymnastics Football or Badminton
Gymnastics Fitness for Health Fitness For Health
Athletics Athletics Athletics
Dance Football Rounders

All pupils must wear the full school PE kit in all PE lessons; that is

  • Red GMS Polo shirt
  • Navy GMS Tracksuit bottoms/School leggings
  • Red GMS Hoody (optional)
  • Socks (trainer socks or red Hockey socks)
  • Trainers NOT plimsoles

No jewellery is allowed to be worn in PE lessons and long hair should be tied back.

KS4 Core PE

In years 11 and 12 pupils receive one 60 minute lesson of Core PE per week.

Year 11 Core PE

In term 1 of year 11 all pupils complete two Core PE units; Fitness For Health (unit 1) and Leadership Skills. In terms 2 and 3 pupils follow an options programme where they can select the 3 different activities they wish to pursue; each for an 8 week unit.

Year 12 Core PE

In Year 12 all pupils complete one Core PE Unit; Fitness For Health (Unit 2).  For the remaining 3 Units pupils follow an options programme where they can select the activities they wish to pursue; each for an 8 week Unit.

Examples of activities included in the KS4 options programme are as follows:

Boxercise Cheerleading Lacrosse
Netball Body Combat Volleyball
Badminton Football Circuit Training
Gymnastics Fitness Suite Aerobics
Tag Rugby Fun Games Trampolining
Dance Rounders


Component 1: External Assessment Written Examination 40%

Students complete one written examination paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. The paper covers factors that affect the development of health and peak physical fitness. It contains short answers and multi-part questions. All questions are compulsory.

Component 2: Practical Controlled Assessment 20%

Students will provide evidence to demonstrate that they lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle in the areas of exercise, diet, work, and rest and sleep. Students will plan, implement and monitor a 12 week action plan focused on developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Component 3: Practical Controlled Assessment 40%

Students will be assessed on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their performances in three practical activities from the following groups

  • Games: e.g. Netball, Football
  • Fitness
  • Gymnastic Activities: e.g. Trampolining, Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Specialist Activities: e.g. Rock Climbing

Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership

The Course:

The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead un-supervised groups of people in sport and recreational activities.

The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification, with no entrance requirement or final examinations to sit.

Age: 16 and over at the start but at least 17 year old for certification

Guided learning hours: 107 hours (including 30 hours demonstration of leadership).

Qualification code: 501/0085/3

On completion: Qualified Higher Sports Leaders can only lead under indirect supervision at 17 years old.

They can lead independently from 18.

The qualification will take approximately 107 guided learning hours. However, various factors such as the learner/tutor ratio, the number of learners and the experience levels of the learners will influence the time allocated to the delivery of any given course.

In order for your learners to complete their Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership they must complete a total of 30 hours demonstration of leadership. These 30 hours are made up of the learners completing 10 hours during Unit 2 and then completing a minimum of 20 hours over two of the three optional units below:

  • Unit 2 – Provision of sport within the community (mandatory unit)
  • Unit 6 – Lead sport/activity sessions for children (optional unit)
  • Unit 7 – Lead sport/activity sessions for older people (optional unit)
  • Unit 8 – Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people (optional unit)


As part of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) Year 13 pupils who select the COPE Sport option take part in a Sports Leadership programme called the SheerSkill programme in partnership with BCSDN, St Patrick’s College, BBMS and Little Flower Girls School. Pupils have the opportunity to gain the following coaching qualifications during the programme

  • Grassroots Soccer (IFA)
  • Mini Volleyball (Volleyball NI)
  • Kwik Cricket (Cricket Ireland)
  • Tennis Leader’s Award (Ulster Tennis)
  • Heart Start First Aid.

The pupils utilise the skills gained as Sports Leaders to run a Year 8 Multi-Sport event, support sports clubs in school and complete their COPE qualification.


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