Department of Physical Education

In Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Education all girls engage in high quality learning experiences to promote physical, cognitive and social development. Opportunities for participation and success are experienced by all students through our inclusive policy and diverse programmes.

Girls of all ages and abilities are encouraged to

    • meet challenges positively
    • demonstrate perseverance and commitment
    • show respect to others
    • accept responsibilities and support others

All aspects of our provision are developmentally (and age) appropriate with the provision of personal learning opportunities taking priority.

Enjoyment, independence, cooperation and creativity are key factors used to promote learning and to develop positive attitudes towards participation in healthy, active life-styles both now and for the future.

Lower School

Lower school Physical Education lessons challenge the girls to apply their skills and understanding in increasingly demanding contexts (e.g. larger groups, increased responsibilities, faster paced, more variables).  

Activities: All girls in Lower school are taught hockey, lacrosse, tennis and athletics.

In addition, the curriculum for Primary 6 girls (3x40 mins, 1x80 mins lessons) includes orienteering, dance, badminton, netball and volleyball; Remove (2x80 mins lessons / week) also work to develop dance, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming; and in Lower 4 (2x80 mins lessons / week) badminton, gymnastics, swimming and basketball complete the programme.

Senior School

A key objective of core Physical Education in senior school is to inspire and encourage girls of all abilities to benefit from leading an active lifestyle, both now and in the future. Girls are also expected to develop positive attitudes and values, take increased responsibility for their own learning, and to experience a variety of roles e.g. leader, umpire, coach, choreographer.

Upper 4 (1x80 mins, 1x40 mins / week)

Activities in Upper 4 are: hockey, lacrosse, dance, volleyball, netball, athletics and tennis

Lower 5 core (all students 1x80 mins / week)

Lower 5 offers girls  the chance to make informed choices from a wide range of options. Hockey, lacrosse and tennis are still compulsory activities with house matches providing a fitting end to participation in these sports for some girls.

Upper 5, Lower 6 and U6 core (all students 1x80 mins / week)

Senior girls are free to exercise choice in selecting their activities. Some girls focus on high level performance in games; others select more aesthetic and/or fitness based activities; and some prefer a broad spectrum of activities. The girls work with their teacher to design their chosen programme taking into consideration the desires and preferences of each member of the class. “New” activities are offered at this time include golf, squash, cross fit and conditioning. 

Certificate courses in Physical Education:

SQA Advanced Higher Physical Education 

Upper 6

SQA Higher Physical Education 

Sixth Form

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education 

Lower 5 and Upper 5

Sport Leaders SCQF Level 5 Award in Community Sports Leadership

Upper 6

RLSS (UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Upper 6

SQA Higher unit “Planning Personal fitness”

Lower 5 and Upper 5

SQA Higher unit “Group Dance Performance”  

Upper 5

Listen to Rock Sport Radio's interview on 'Let's Hear It For The Girls' with Miss Benson, Principal Teacher of Sport at St George's. Miss Benson talks about Sport at St George's and Judy Murray's She Rallies programme.


Physical Education and Sport Philosophy

Teaching Staff

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

Tamar Donnelly

BEd (Hons) Physical Education

Joanne Forbes

BSc (Hons) Physical Education

Ross Fowles

BSc Sport Science

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.