Physical Education

Glengormley High School recognizes the importance of providing a wide variety of sporting    opportunities for young people of all abilities, interest level and talent, as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.  We aim to create an atmosphere within PE and Sport which allows all pupils to develop physically, mentally and socially. Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to successfully represent our school in competitions. They are encouraged to develop a sense of loyalty and commitment to others and are given opportunities to develop leadership and organizational skills. All pupils from Years 8 – 12 take part in regular PE lessons covering a wide variety of sport and health related activities. At Key Stage 4, pupils are offered the opportunity to study the OCR Level 1 / 2 National in Sport as well as the CCEA Occupational Studies units for Sports Leadership and Event Organisation. At post-16 students may study for the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Sport, or the Technical Diploma (Double Award) in Sport.


Key Stage 3 and 4

In Years 8, 9 and 10 students follow a broad and enjoyable programme which includes Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Basketball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Badminton, Table tennis, Volleyball, Dance, Cross country and Health related exercise. Many of these activities are also offered as an after school club and where possible, our students are encouraged to join local sports clubs who can provide even more opportunities for competition. Whilst in KS3 students are expected to participate in all activities, students in Year 11 and 12 are given more choice. Health related fitness is an important element and all students in KS4 have the opportunity to use our state of the art Fitness Suite both during and after school.


Key Stage 4 Physical Education & Sport

Because of the broad and challenging PE and sport programme provided at KS3, each year between 40 and 50 students in Year 11 choose to study for the OCR Level 1 / 2 National.   This course allows for a wide variety of challenging activities, many of which have already been introduced at KS3. Sports such as Trampolining, Archery, Rock Climbing and Orienteering are introduced to the curriculum at this stage and other sports such as Taekwondo, Cheerleading, Wrestling Jiu-Jutsu and Boxing are offered through our evening programme or through local clubs.
At present more than 30 students are also studying for the CCEA Occupational Studies Sport course. This vocational course encourages participants to develop the ability to organise, lead, work with others, and coach through 2 units; Leadership in Sport and Organising a Leisure Event.


Key Stage 5Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma/Diploma in Sport

The Technical Diploma in Sport is a 2 year course and is the equivalent to 2 A-levels.  This course is totally assessed through school based coursework which is then externally moderated.  Areas of study include Sports Coaching, Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Injuries, Nutrition in Sport, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Organising Sports Events, Fitness Training and Programming, Practical Individual Sports, Practical Team Sports, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Leadership in Sport and Organising Sports Events.

Since our first students completed this highly vocational course in 2008 the PE & Sport Department has consistently produced excellent results which normally equate to 100% A*-C. This success would suggest that this course can offer tremendous rewards for highly motivated students who are keen to succeed. The number of students studying this course is increasing, as is the percentage of top grades. This inevitably is enabling our students to gain access into University courses of their choice. These include Sports Studies at the UUJ or Stranmillis (QUB) and numerous courses in England and Scotland. Equally, those students who do not wish to follow a sport related course can utilise the UCAS points to achieve entry to university courses more closely related to their other A-Level subjects.
At present 23 students are working towards the Introductory Diploma with 6 aiming for the double award Diploma.


The following teachers are part of the PE department:

Mr N Officer – Head of Department

Mr J McDowell – Head of Sixth Year

Mr N Seffen – Year 10 Head of Year

Mrs A Jackson – Senior Teacher

Mrs L Kerr – Learning Support Co-ordinator

Miss D McLaughlin

Miss T Ward – PE Teacher

Julie Nelson and Interview with a sporting legend

Julie Nelson, Northern Ireland’s most capped international football player came into school for a Question & Answer session with some of our pupils.  We heard about the highlights of Julie’s sporting career and the more difficult aspects and sacrifices that had to be made to reach the top level in sport. Thank you to Julie for taking the time to come in and encourage the girls.


NEBSSA Table Tennis Competition at GHS

On Friday past our Year 9 boys Table tennis team (Ethan Spence, Alec Foster and Jamie Wang)  competed against Year 10 boys from a number of other schools in the NEBSSA Championship.  As a team they came 4th overall.  The stand out individual performance came from Ethan Spence who qualified through the Round Robin Preliminary round to battle it out in the Top 5 Shoot Out!


Here are the results for the top 5 in the team and individual competition;




1st           Ballyclare Grammar

2nd          Ballymoney HS

3rd           Larne Grammar ‘A’

4th           Glengormley HS

5th           Larne Grammar ‘B’




1st           Adam Falkner (Ballmoney HS)

2nd          Caleb Crawford (Ballyclare Grammar)

3rd           Andrew Leckey (Ballyclare Grammar)

4th           Jonny Russell (Larne A)

5th           Ethan Spence (GHS)


Robson Maura Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Club visit to Year 8 and 9

On Monday our Year 8 and 9 students were entertained by the local Robson Maura Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Club which has recently opened in Mallusk. We hope to develop strong links with this and other local sports clubs.

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Ella’s NEBSSA Bronze

Congratulations to Ella Cassells for winning a Bronze medal yesterday with a throw of 7.83m in the NEBSSA Athletics Finals.

Our other 4 athletics also acquitted themselves well, competing in very difficult weather conditions; Steven Crumlin (Year 8) 4th in Shot, Ellie Redfern (Year 8) 6th in Long Jump, Katie Scott (Year 11) 5th in Discus and Timothy Rea (Y9) 6th in Shot.

Don’t look down – climbing their way to success in PE

Today the Year 12 BTEC Sports Studies classes participated in a practical assessment for their Outdoor Activities Unit. They demonstrated a wide range of skills in rock climbing and had lots of fun in doing so. The PE department would like to thank the team from Pathway Activities for bringing in their climbing wall.

Year 8 compete in Belfast District Cross Country Championships

A group of Year 8 athletes competed in the Belfast District Cross Country Championships today at Ormeau Park.

Kyle Smith & Steven Crumlin finished 4th & 14th respectively & both have now qualified for the Ulster finals at the end of the month.

The boys just missed out on qualifying for the Ulster finals as team; where they finished 5th, but only the top three teams qualified.

Well done to our team:
Kyle Smith, Steven Crumlin, Jude Molyneaux, Jamie Wang, Jacob Moore, Jake Flanaghan, Reece Gilmore, Adam Nelis.

We were the 5th best placed school overall in team competition out of 13 schools which is really impressive.

Other finishing places:
Jacob Moore 37th
Adam Nelis 44th
Jude Molyneaux 48th
Reece Gilmore 74th
Jake Flanaghan 77th
Jamie Wang 78th