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 GCSE Physical Education as well as taking part in statutory PE, and at post-16 pupils may study for the OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (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, badminton, table tennis, 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 from March 2015 Glengormley students will be taught in our new state of the art Fitness Suite.



GCSE Physical Education

Because of the broad and challenging PE and sport programme provided at KS3 around 40 students choose to participate in GCSE PE each year.  At present we follow the EdExcel syllabus which allows for a wide variety of challenging activities, many of which have already been introduced at KS3.  Sports such as Trampolining, Archery and Orienteering are introduced to the curriculum at this stage and other sports such as Taekwondo, Judo and Boxing are offered through our evening programme or through local clubs.

A-LEVELCambridge Technical 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 course in 2008 the PE & Sport Department has consistently produced excellent A-level results.  This success would suggest that this course can offer tremendous rewards for highly motivated students who are keen to succeed.  This is highlighted by the following recent results;


Year A* A B  C  D  E
2012 10 8 0 0 0
2013 10 10 4 0 0
2014 8 7 6 4 0 0


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 subject.

However, with the increasing number of students wishing to study for the Technical Diploma in Sport, selection to the course is becoming more competitive.  A strong set of GCSE results and particularly in PE and English is a prerequisite for enrolment in this challenging course.


Youth Engagement through Sport (YES) Programme

YES aims to introduce young men (13-18) to the concept of Higher Education via a 12 week sport and physical activity, personal development and raising aspirations programme. YES also aims to facilitate a sustained relationship between the University of Ulster and young people in our school.

The YES programme takes place in Glengormley HS, is delivered by UUJ tutors and concludes with a sports festival held at the Ulster Sports Academy at Jordanstown.  Glengormley students take part in this after school programme in Year 10 and 11.

Upon successful completion of the project participants receive 2 University of Ulster CPPD module accreditations; Good relations in sport and Good practice in Children’s sport.



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 – SENCO

Miss D McLaughlin – Co-ordinator of Girls’ PE

Miss T Ward – PE Teacher