Strathearn School

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Physical Education Department

Strathearn School’s Physical Education facilities are superb. Our pupils benefit from our excellent multi-use sports hall, a fully equipped gymnasium and a state of the art fitness suite. We have our own AstroTurf hockey pitch, and use of CIYMS’ AstroTurf hockey pitch, as well as two of our own all-weather hockey pitches. The school has 6 AstroTurf tennis courts, and our all-weather pitches become a 200m athletics track in the summer.  We also have the luxury of a double sandpit with Tartan run-up and a cage for throwing events. Use is made of our extensive grounds for cross-country, walking and orienteering. 

The subject is taught by specialists, who are supported by a number of qualified coaches, including members of the academic staff who assist in the delivery of the school’s wide-ranging extra-curricular programme.


Ms Young (Head of Department)

Mrs Grundie

Mrs Crawford



Strathearn aims to contribute to the physical development of each pupil through the promotion of skill acquisition and competence in a range of physical activities and to contribute to the social education of the individual by providing opportunities for pupils to co-operate with one another.  

Additionally, we promote enjoyment through participation and help pupils understand the positive contribution of exercise to personal health and fitness.

Strathearn also encourages its pupils to make active, creative and purposeful use of their leisure time and through a varied inter-school competitive programme, prepares individuals and teams to experience a sense of satisfaction and achievement.


Overview of work

We offer a complete range of activities throughout Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 encouraging a healthy lifestyle and an enjoyment of physical activity.

At Key Stage 3, pupils have a time allocation of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

In first form, pupils experience the following activities: gymnastics, dance, hockey, swimming, netball, athletics, tennis, rounders and minor games.  In second form, the programme is further developed.  In third form, in addition to the activities taught in second form, badminton is introduced as well as an introductory unit on health-related fitness and use of the fitness suite.

At Key Stage 4, pupils have a time allocation of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

In Fourth and Fifth form, pupils engage in a thorough health-related fitness component involving aerobics, use of the fitness suite and fitness awareness. Other selected activities include basketball, volleyball, badminton, rugby, orienteering, tennis, athletics, cricket, rounders, zumba and rowing.

Physical Education is offered as a GCSE option; where both theoretical and practical aspects of selected physical activities are studied in depth through the CCEA GCSE specification.

At Key Stage 5, pupils are encouraged to undertake personal exercise programmes through use of the fitness suite.


Extra-Curricular Programme

Our extensive extra-curricular programme complements the work undertaken in the core-curriculum, providing our pupils with opportunities to develop their skills and experience regular competitive sport in the following team and individual activities: hockey, netball, cross-country, tennis, athletics, badminton, gymnastics, dance, football, rugby, fitness and table-tennis.

Click here for this year's timetable of extra-curricular activities.

Those pupils who have a keen interest in swimming, horse riding, golf, squash and trampolining are supported by the Physical Education Department and represent the school in competitive events.



Students who have taken Physical Education pursue careers in a range of areas including professional sport, sports science, coaching, teaching and working in sports development.


Useful links

CCEA Physical Education

Sport NI

Ulster Hockey

Netball NI

Athletics NI

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