Physical Education

Head of Department

  • Mr B Reid (Physical Health & Wellbeing Coordinator)

BSc(Hons), PGCE

Department Staf

  • Mr K Millar (Assistant Pastoral Care & Support Coordinator)

BA(Hons), PGCE

  • Mr S Irvine (Head of Year 12)

BSc(Hons), PGCE

  • Mr N McConnell

BSc(Hons), PGCE


  • Mr J Spence

UEFA ‘A’ Licence – Coach

Introduction and ethos

Sport at Ashfield plays a major role in developing pupils both physically and socially. Pupils have the opportunity to experience many sports including football, basketball, cross country, rugby, athletics, badminton, health related Physical Education. Major events include Sports Day, Cross country and numerous football competitions are held each year.

The Facilities in Ashfield Physical Education Department were built in 1980. The school boasts a sports Hall, Fitness Suite and gymnasium. Through the years these facilities have been updated and refurbished. The fitness suite in the department was re-equipped with new machines, which has had £30,000 of aerobic and resistance equipment (17 machines in all).

The latest instalment to the department was the renovation of the sports hall, including a new roof and floor. In addition to these facilities we have two soccer pitches, one grass and the other a 3rd generation synthetic field turf pitch.

‘It is the vision of Ashfield Boys’ High School Physical Education Department to promote lifelong participation in physical activity for all students’.

‘To Actively Engage’

As a department we also put a major emphasis on football teams and competitions.  Football is a major part of our school and we have highly qualified coaches that both teams on a weekly basis.

Key Stage 3 Overview

As a department, we aim to provide a challenging, disciplined and safe environment for high quality learning and teaching. Pupils should experience a balance of activities which has the necessary coherence and breadth to develop the Curriculum. The main focus will be on health and fitness although other areas are covered including Football, Rugby, Basketball and Badminton. Pupils will choose a sport of their choice during Games period.

By the end of their physical education at Ashfield Boys High School, the pupil should have developed a personal commitment to, and genuine passion for, maintaining their health and well-being into adult life.

Pupils will be assessed on fitness levels and then graded on value added (how much they improve).  We want pupils to understand their levels of fitness and gain the knowledge and application how to improve this.

Traditional sports such as Football, Badminton, Basketball, and Rugby will be assessed on Levels.  These will clearly be displayed in the PE Department.

Key Stage 4 Overview

For anyone with a keen interest in sport, pupils have the choice to study a BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport.  The following topics will be covered:

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action
  • Training for Personal Fitness

The department have an excellent 100% A-C pass rate and the course is very popular.  Pupils can then make the natural progression into 6th Year and study at Level 3.  One unit will be assessed externally through a web based exam and all other units will be assessed internally in the form of written or physical assessment.

Key Stage 5 Overview

Pupils that study BTEC Sport Level 2 have the option of returning in 6th Year to study Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport.  They will study the following units:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle
  • Sports Coaching

All units will be assessed internally in the form of written coursework and physical assessments.

Career Pathways

We encourage all pupils that study Level 2 BTEC Sport to return into 6th Year.

Level 3 finishers have the option of attending either the University of Ulster or a variety of local further educational colleges to continue their careers in areas such as Personal Training and Sports Development.  PE staff are always available to discuss career pathways with pupils and parents.

Useful links

Top End Sports

Brian Mac

Pearson Qualifications