Department of Physical Education

Sport and PE

Sport plays a major part in the ethos and life of pupils at St George's. We are extremely proud of our diverse Curriculum in Physical Education and our extensive Sport Co-Curricular programmeWe offer a rich and varied range of sports, play sports at least five days a week and all students have top-class coaching regardless of their ability. There is a large emphasis on fun as well as achievement.

The girls are mentored, trained, and coached by our PE Department staff and a dedicated team of sports specialists who expertly navigate the range of ability and experience of all our pupils. This includes introducing girls to new sports as well as developing girls’ talents at district, national, and international levels.

As well as physical activity and fitness, sport is crucial for personal development, building confidence, resilience, respect, and team and leadership skills. Pupils are taught how to win and lose graciously and how to develop a positive ‘YES’ mindset to overcome challenges.

Competition is taken seriously and we promote a professional attitude towards personal performance and team responsibility.  Pupils are encouraged to cheer each other on even when they are not actively participating.

Download: › Physical Education and Sport Philosophy (pdf)

Our ethos is ‘sport for all’

Our ‘Sport for All’ ethos is implemented by offering a wide range of sports and opportunities to each pupil. School sport is inclusive and fun. Whether you are a complete beginner or a performance athlete, you will have the chance to try something new, develop your skills and enjoy the camaraderie and sense of achievement that participation in sports can bring.

Striving for success

We strive for a high standard of sporting achievements across a diverse range of sports. We also offer stretch and support for performance athletes who compete at district, national and international level.

Diverse onsite sports facilities

We are privileged to have a range of excellent sports facilities onsite:

Large all-weather Astro-pitch, two grass pitches, athletics sprint track, long jump, and high jump area, two outdoor Multi Use Games Areas, two squash courts and an indoor sports hall to enable a wide range of sports. Swimming takes place off-campus at the local Drumsheugh Swimming Baths.

Teaching Staff

Christine Fourie 

Director of Sport – Sports Management and Marketing III

Tamar Donnelly 

Curriculum Leader Core PE - BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Fiona Aiken

BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Kirstie Bargeton

BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Mel Benson

BSc Sport Science

Louise Campbell

BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Luke Campbell

BSc (Hons) Sports Studies

Rosie Hazel


Joanne Forbes

BSc (Hons) Physical Education

Ross Fowles

Curriculum Leader Outdoor Education – BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science – MSc Applied Sport Psychology

Gemma Gair

BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Morag Strachan

MA (Hons) Physical Education

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post-graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.