Head of Department: Mrs S Morrin

The main purpose of the physical education department is to support, contribute to and complement the general ethos of Notre Dame Catholic College through a curriculum that is broad, balanced and suitably challenging.

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage 3 the physical education programme of study is designed to develop and promote the acquisition of a range of skills and to select and apply these skills through tactical strategies. By building on students’ work in Key Stage 2, students experience a movement education from which they evaluate and assess their own performance.

Through a balance of working independently, within a small group and within competitive situations, students are encouraged to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and to be sensitive to the needs of other students. An underlying feature in all work carried out is an understanding and knowledge of fitness and health.

Key Stage Four

Study at Key Stage 4 builds on the standards achieved in Key Stage 3 and provides challenging experiences from which students continue to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in their chosen activities and roles.

By providing a supportive learning environment that allows students to develop their physical abilities, physical education is able to aid students in enhancing their self-confidence and helping them to achieve their highest possible levels in all areas of the curriculum. This is aided by providing challenging targets through a range of teaching styles with tasks and resources differentiated to meet the needs of all students.

The promotion of students’ self-esteem is a crucial factor in students being able to find enjoyment and a positive acknowledgement of the benefits that the challenges offered in physical education can bring. It is hoped that these factors will form the basis of views and lifestyles for adult life.

Four specialist teachers of physical education make up the department. Through the expertise of staff and their own commitment in a variety of sporting activities we can offer the students at Notre Dame a fantastic active experience.

Members of the department include:

Mrs S. Morrin
Mrs J. Bate
Mr D Hodgson
Miss H McCullen
Mr D. McKeon
Mr P Mulgrew
Mrs K Sweeney

School Sports Co-ordinator Programme

Notre Dame has been part of the School Sports Co-ordinator Programme since 2003. Originally part of the Cardinal Heenan Sports College partnership, in September 2005 the college transferred to the new partnership at Archbishop Beck Sports College. The School Sports Co-ordinator programme is the Government’s strategy to improve the quality and quantity of physical activity opportunities for students.

At Key Stage 3 the Physical Education programme of study is designed to develop and promote the acquisition of a range of skills and to select and apply these skills through tactical strategies. By building on students’ work in Key Stage 2, students experience a movement education from which they evaluate and assess their own performance.

Through a balance of working independently, within a small group and within competitive situations, students are encouraged to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and to be sensitive to the needs of other students. An underlying feature in all work carried out is an understanding and knowledge of fitness and health.