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Physical Education Overview

In Physical Education pupils are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability in many different sports. In S1 & S2, pupils follow a core programme involving 13 different activities. In S3 & S4, pupils have the choice to continue with core PE or do National 4 / 5 courses.

In S5, all pupils receive two core periods of PE and they, along with S6, can choose to do PE at National 5 or Higher level. Senior pupils can also elect to do a Barrhead Sports Leader course.

The PE department consists of a large games hall, a small gym, a fitness room and a floodlit astroturf pitch.

Classes often go into Cowan Park for cycling, cross-country and football. Activities that are taught in the department include: athletics; badminton; basketball; cross country; cycling; fitness; football; gymnastics; netball; ; social dance; summer games and trampolining.

Pupils are expected to bring a change of kit for every lesson. Those unfit to participate fully should bring a note from their parent / guardian.

They should also bring their kit and get changed along with the rest of the class.


Mike Russell  (Faculty Head)

Gillian Van Looy  (Principal Teacher of Pastoral)

Patricia McArdle  (Acting Principal Teacher of Pastoral)

Maxine Irvine (1 year contract)

Possible Career Links

PE teaching

Sports Coaching

Management in leisure industry

Disability in Sport and Recreation

Sports Development


Sports Nutrition

Sports Psychology

Outdoor pursuits instructor

Sport and Hospitality Management

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Golf course management




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Health & fitness instructor

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Sports/ leisure centre assistant

Sports scientist

Sports therapist

Stunt performer

Track & field athlete

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