Physical Education Teaching Staff

Miss Sarah O’Brien ~ Principal Teacher of Faculty
Mr Scott Christie
Miss Naomi Duncan
Mr Robbie Patterson
Miss Rebecca Whyte
Mr Robbie Willison

About the Department

The Kemnay Academy PE Department currently have four members of staff led by the Head of the Health & Wellbeing Faculty and Principal Teacher of PE Miss O’Brien. The Kemnay Cluster Active Schools Co-ordinator, Lynsey Coutts can also be located within Kemnay Academy.

S1-3 Curriculum

The current S1-3 curriculum is focused on the broad development of performance and the need and reasons to be active to improve health. Pupils will be engaged in team activities such as basketball, rugby, volleyball and football whilst also experiencing individual activities such as badminton, gymnastics, table tennis and dance. Pupils will also undertake a fitness block where they will learn about how improving their own fitness levels can reduce many risk factors associated with disease. Pupils will  have the opportunity to complete tasks in a work book related to the activities they undertake, which allow them to develop their numeracy and literacy skills (see attached).

S1/2 Electives

S1/2 pupils have the opportunity to opt for the PE elective course which includes an introduction to activities that are not delivered in our broad general curriculum. These activites include: archery, orienteering, trampolining, Leadership through Sport, cricket, and short tennis. Kemnay Academy are also part of the ‘Champions in Schools’ Project where a Scottish national athlete visits the pupils to discuss their success and set challenging goals to aspire to.

S3 Elite Performance

The S3 elite performance course provides the pupils with an opportunity to build on their learning and understanding from S1 and S2. There is a continued focus on the development of sporting performance but with a greater emphasis on the theory behind that performance. After each six week block the pupils will have both a practical and a written assessment, which will give them the opportunity to monitor and evaluate their learning. This class can be beneficial as a preparatory course for those considering the National 4/5 PE course. In S3 we aim to provide an element of Personalisation and Choice whereby pupils, as a class, can select some of the activities which their class will experience.

The National 4/5 Course

In the National 4/5 course there are two units to be covered. This is course for pupils who are looking to extend their learning beyond the S3 Elite performance course and those looking to gain an insight into the theory behind development of performance. The course covers two units, skill development and factors that can impact on performance. Pupils will learn in depth about the development of skilled performance through creating training regimes and conducting them and also how mental factors such as anxiety and motivation amongst others can impact on performance.


There are 4 parts to the overall attainment of this course. Pupils will select an activity to complete their One Off Performance Assessment in which will require them to evaluate themselves before and after as well as give them a mark which will contribute to their final grade.  Pupils have two internal assessments to complete. The Factors Impacting Performance are  a set of questions whereby pupils reflect on their investigations and training programmes within a particular activity. These must be of a passing standard in order to sit the final portfolio external examination. Pupils must also achieve two activities at National 4/5 standard in order to attain their final qualification and lastly there is a portfolio worth 40% which pupils will complete, again alongside their investigation into their performance and training programme.


Higher PE

In the Higher PE course there are three units to be covered. Preparation of the body, skills & techniques and structures and strategies. This is course for pupils who are looking to extend their learning beyond the N4/5 course and those looking to gain an insight into the theory behind development of performance in differing situations. Pupils will learn in depth about the development of skilled performance through the cycle of analysis and creating training regimes and conducting them. They will study how strategies can be used to take advantage of opponents’ weaknesses and how their own role in a structure or strategy has a major bearing on its success.


Young Sports Ambassadors

Young sports ambassadors aim to increase the number of pupils participating in sport throughout the school. They try to achieve this goal by being good role models and by actively promoting the extra-curricular clubs through leading assemblies, creating posters and visiting specific classes.

Currently Kemnay Academy have a number of s2/3 Junior Sports Ambassadors as well as a number of Senior Pupils who work alongside the P.E department to assist in extra-curricular clubs as well as with the promotion and development of physical activity and sport within the school.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

There are plenty of opportunities to get active at Kemnay Academy. The clubs running this year include: badminton, basketball, dance, girls and boys football, netball, rugby, strength and conditioning, table tennis and volleyball. The clubs run at varying times throughout the week and are usually held at lunchtimes or directly after school. Plus there are opportunities to take part in any of the inter-house sports events as well as inter-school competitions.

Activity Time Open to
Strength & Conditioning Lunchtime S2-6 Boys
Badminton Lunchtime S1-6
Football 3.30 – 4.30pm S1 Boys
Football 3:30 – 4:30pm S2 Boys
Image Hip Hop 6.30 – 8.00pm (every second week: – (5/09, 19/09, 3/10, 31/10, 14/11, 28/11 and 12/12 S1-6
Football Lunchtime S4-6 Boys
Table Tennis Lunchtime S1-6
Netball 3.30 – 5.00pm S1-6
Volleyball Lunchtime S1-6
Basketball 3.30 – 5pm S1-6
Girls Running(Couch to 5K) 3:30 – 4:30pm S4-6 Girls
Girls Fitness Club Lunchtime S1-3 Girls
Rugby 3.30 – 5pm S1-6
Girls Football 3.30 – 4.30pm S1-6 Girls
Football Lunchtime S3 Boys

All activities are free of charge, except Image Hip Hop Group which is £3 per session (£21 for 7 week block).

Please collect a consent form from the PE base before attending any of the above sessions



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