Head of Department

Mr D Robb

Subject Teachers

Mr P Lowry (Senior Teacher)
Mrs L Crothers (P/T)
Mr N Gamble
Miss H McClurg
Mrs R Mitchell-Cram


In accordance with the NI Curriculum, the Physical Education department aims to ensure that each pupil will:

  • realise their full potential in PE

  • gain and refine a range of physical skills and techniques through frequent and regular participation in a balanced programme of physical activity

  • increase their knowledge and understanding of physical activity and learn to prioritise health and fitness for current and future lifestyles

  • develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and perseverance

  • interact and co-operate with others, working towards common goals, and developing a sense of fair play, tolerance and empathy for others

  • develop a community conscience and contribute to whole school life through participating in the extra-curricular sports programme

  • where appropriate, achieve in public examinations and gain access to higher education

  • become aware of career opportunities through PE

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils are provided with the following:

  • Physical Education: 2 periods per week at Years 8, 9 and 10

  • Games Lessons: 2 periods per week at Years 8 and 9; 1 period at Year 10

Programmes of Study

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils are provided with the following:

  • Physical Education: 1 x 35 minute period per week at Years 11 and 12

  • Games Lessons: 2 x 35 minute periods per week at Years 11 and 12

Programmes of Study

Opportunities to extend and develop the activities undertaken within Physical Education and Games are made available through the extensive RHS extra-curricular sports programme.


Our pupils study the AQA GCSE Physical Education (Full Course) specification. 

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

A Level

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

Our pupils have the choice to study either:

  • An A level in PE with the WJEC Board. This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach.


  • A BTEC National level 3 Diploma in sport. This specification is equivalent to achieving 2 A-level grades and gives students the opportunity to study a more vocational based course that is still accepted by the likes of UUJ and Queens University.


The burgeoning role of physical activity in today’s society has greatly expanded the career opportunities available within the sport and leisure industry. The following list provides examples of such career pathways:

  • Armed Forces

  • Community and Youth work

  • Outdoor Education

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Sports Broadcasting and journalism

  • Sports Coaching

  • Sports Development

  • Sports Management

  • Sports Marketing

  • Sports National Governing Body

  • Sports Psychology

  • Sports Science

  • Teaching

Our Facilities

We have the following excellent facilities within our school campus:

  • Sports hall

  • Gymnasium

  • Fitness suite

  • Inclusive fitness suite

  • Assembly hall

  • Performance hall

  • Rugby pitch

  • 2G Synthetic hockey pitch

  • Outdoor netball court

We have off-site access to:

  • 2 x Rugby pitches

  • 2 x Gravel hockey pitches

  • 1 x Synthetic cricket wicket

We also have use the following external facilities:

  • Ards Leisure Centre

  • Ards Arena

  • Dairyhall football pitches

  • Londonderry Park hockey pitches and cricket wicket

  • North Down Cricket Club

  • St Patrick’s Tennis Club

  • Bradshaw’s Brea Driving Range

  • Blackwood Golf Club