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