Mr. N Morrison (PT)

Miss J. Pottie

Mr. M Stone

Miss K Mason

Mr A Gunn (Depute Rector)

Mr. S Trinder (PT Guidance)

Miss S. Liebnitz (Active Schools’ Coordinator – IRA Cluster)


We have 3 well equipped venues indoor that offer pupils the chance to develop skills in a wide variety of activities. These include a 6 badminton court games hall, as well as an adaptable gym hall and dance studio. Outdoors, we have 4 football pitches suitably measured for different age groups and a rugby pitch. Finally we have a PE hut which is fully equipped with a computer, OH projector and learning materials which are used for our certificated courses.

Kit policy

We have high standards within the PE department and ask that all pupils come prepared with an appropriate change of top/t-shirt, bottoms/shorts and footwear for the venue/activity their class is currently on. Whilst we retain professional judgement and sympathy for certain situations, the general pathway for failing to meet these standards is shown below.

  1.  Warning/borrow from our spare cupboard of laundered kit
  2. Letter home to parents
  3. Detention and writing work
  4. Referral to head of department/guidance

S1-3 Broad General Education

SAL in PEThe key aim of S1-3 PE is to develop the skills and attributes of the significant aspects of learning. This is done through 3 main areas of study; Cooperation and Competition; Movement Skills, Competencies and Concepts; and Evaluating and Appreciating in line with Curriculum for Excellence. Throughout this process, we also include opportunities for pupils to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, whilst maintaining a committed focus on improving pupils Health and Wellbeing. In S1&2, pupils work on 6 core activities (football, hockey, basketball, badminton, gymnastics and athletics) with the aim of all pupils to achieve Level 3 Health and Wellbeing PE outcomes. In S3, the pupils work from the same three areas of study, however aim to reach Level 4 outcomes in less mainstream sports such as lacrosse, volleyball, handball, orienteering and short tennis.

Progression and Pathways post S3

National PE (4th year)

Pupils can elect to study National PE course which has 2 main areas of study and assessment.

Practical Performance

Pupils are participating in 5 areas of activities; athletics, team outdoor, team indoor, aesthetics and racquet sports. Pupils must attain a minimum level of performance in at least two activities to pass the unit (one at N4).

Factors Impacting on Performance

Throughout the practical lessons pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of the factors which impact on their performance. They will use this knowledge to develop their own performance and evaluate the development process. Pupils will be assessed through a series of written tasks. These will be collated throughout the year and at N5 submitted as a portfolio which contributes 40% to the overall grade of A-D.

At N5 performance is worth a total of 60% of the overall grade and includes the preparation for (10%) and evaluation of (10%) a one-off performance (40%). At N4 there is no course assessment, instead the final performance is graded pass/fail for the Added Value Unit.

More information on the courses can be found on the SQA website:

National 5:

National 4:


The school has a very successful Higher PE programme that is offered in S5/6. The course allows learners to develop and demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills in challenging contexts. Learners also analyse performance, understand what is required to develop it, and apply this knowledge to their own performance.

Assessment for internal units is continuous throughout the session with pupils being assessed on Performance Skills and Factors Impacting Performance. Internal course assessment (60%) consists of; planning (8%), one-off Performance (40%) and evaluating (12%). The external assessment (40%) is a written exam which requires pupils to:

  • analyse factors that impact on performance
  • explain a range of approaches for developing performance
  • analyse the recording, monitoring and evaluation of performance development

More information on the courses can be found on the SQA website:

Advanced Higher

New CfE Advanced Higher will be offered for the first time in 2015-16. The course develops independent learners and research skills to enable pupils to investigate and improve their own sports performance. (PDF)


BasketballThe School/PE department runs a range of lunch-time and after school sports clubs/teams that range from football to freestyle gymnastics, dance to handball, basketball and many more. There are timetables up in the PE department as well as daily notices read out in registration. Please feel free to come along and get involved! All welcome.










Free-style Gymnastics








Inter-house Events

AthleticsCross Country







The department runs a very popular interhouse programme that offers the chance for pupils within the schools 5 house groups to compete at various activities throughout the year in an attempt to win the coveted ‘inter class trophy’. Lomond, Nevis, Wyvis, Slioch and Glamaig pupils meet in tournaments in football, hockey, indoor rowing, badminton, running, basketball and finally athletics.


Active Schools

Our new Active Schools coordinator is Sarah Liebnitz.

Active Schools is a sportscotland led programme designed to encourage children and young people to get active and stay active

Over the next four years our goal is to ensure there are more and higher quality opportunities to participate in sport within schools and that these opportunities are well connected to and supported by other local and national partners.

Active Schools Network will increase activity levels of children and young people by:

  • Ensuring there are more and higher quality opportunities to participate in sport within schools.
  • Increasing capacity through the recruitment and support of volunteers to deliver the activity sessions in schools.
  • Motivating and inspiring young people to participate in sport.







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