St Louis Grammar School
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Physical Education

PE DEPARTMENT - Policy Statement

The aim of the Physical Education Department is to provide a broad and balanced programme and to stimulate interest in physical activities within and outside the school.  Physical Fitness is becoming an ever more relevant concept in today’s way of life allied to increases leisure time.  In direct response the staff of the PE Department have been adapting and absorbing new ideas, skills and techniques.

The PE Department is continuing to develop its curriculum in light of current changes and the implementation of the innovations of the New Curriculum such as Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, Cross Curricular Skills and Assessment for Learning.


Mr O Henry

Mrs D Loughlin

Mrs E Doherty

Mr C Gillan

Miss C Drain



Sports Hall

Fitness Suite

Spin Cycle studio

1 Grass Pitch

1 All Weather pitch

3 Handball walls (indoors)

2 x 4G outdoor pitches

2 x outdoor table tennis tables

Outside gym


The Physical Education Department has the necessary equipment to offer the following activities:

Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Camogie, Gaelic Football (male & female), Gymnastics, Handball, Hurling, Table Tennis, Minor Games, Tag Rugby, Olympic Handball, Fitness, Cross Country, Rounders, Soccer, Spin, Volleyball and Dance.

Sports Analysis - Performa Sports App/Ipads in PE

The PE Department has an Education Gold membership with Performa Sports. This app enables students and coaches to assess their technical and tactical performance in sport across a range of key performance indicators using an Ipad and Video footage. The Department uses these tools to help prepare the various school sports team be successful, as well as in KS4&5 accredited courses to help the students achieve.


One of the latest initiatives within the PE Department is to develop links with the feeder primary schools.  In the last few years the outreach students from UUJ visiting primary schools to provide coaching sessions in handball, gymnastics, hurling and camogie.  Primary schools then visited St Louis for a morning of fun and games and coaching. 


St Louis an annual Summer Camp for Primary 5 and 6 pupils from feeder Primary Schools.  Over the last few years, it has gone from strength to strength as almost 200 young people attend the five-day camp in July.  They enjoy a wide range of activities which include wall climbing, obstacle course and sport as well as dance, drama and arts & crafts.


A Level PE has proven to be a very popular subject for Sixth Form students who undertake the subject through the WJEC Board. 

Applied Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

·       BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport is a qualification that is equivalent to 1 or 2 A Levels

·       The programme is designed to enable students to gain both academic and practical experience and become competent in areas that are directly related to the workplace.

·       This course allows students to develop skills in a sport science environment and apply key analysis within practical sport performance.

·       The course provides progression opportunities into university or vocationally relevant employment.

This course is ideally suited to those with a genuine interest in sport and related activities but also have the ability to succeed on this academic course, as the units are assessed in a variety of different ways including compiling reports, giving presentations and designing intervention plans.

The subject is ideal for any students who wish to pursue a career in Sports Science (Psychologist, Biomechanist, Nutritionist and Coach), Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Personal Trainer, Sports Management or Administration.

-      Over the course of 2 years, students study 7 units (1 A Level) or 13 units (2 A Levels).

-      Each unit is assessed by coursework – there are no exams in this course.

-      Methods of assessment include producing leaflets, newspaper articles, lab reports and analysing and evaluating sports teams.

Examples of units covered:

-      Sports and Exercise Physiology

-      Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

-      Sport and Exercise Physiology

-      Practical Team Sports

-      Sports Psychology

-      Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

-      Sports Injuries

-      Assessing Risk in Sport

-      Analysis of Sports Performance

-      Sports Nutrition

-      Fitness Testing & Fitness Training

The students who completed this subject in the summer of 2017 achieved 100% success rate.


St Louis students now undertake CCEA board at GCSE level for PE.   Students who are committed to sport at school and club level are encouraged to undertake GCSE PE in Year 11.

Students must complete one written examination for GCSE Physical Education. CCEA GCSE PE is now 50% theory 50% practical with the theory now being split into 2 papers. 

St Louis students sitting GCSE PE in the summer of 2018 achieved 100% A* to C grades.

All PE staff are responsible for teaching GCSE PE.


PE is compulsory for all students.  All students from Year 8 to 12 are offered three periods of PE over the two-week timetable.  Students undertake a variety of the sports/activities previously listed.

Students who are injured or unwell must have a note signed by a parent/guardian but they are also required to bring full PE gear so as they can help out during class e.g. assist teacher with setting up drills/ games as well as acting as referees or umpires.   Pupils should also have appropriate footwear and clothing for undertaking various activities.  Any student who will be unable to participate in PE for a long period of time should bring their class teacher a note signed by a medical professional. 

PE Kit

All items of PE kit and optional extras i.e. kit bags and half zips are sold through Couples shop in Ballymena.   The St Louis School Shop sells a range of team shorts and socks as well as handballs (£3 each), hurling grips (£2 each) St Louis hats, gum sh



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