Mrs S M Hutchinson (Head of Department) (Part-Time)
Mr J Quigley (Head of Department) 
Mr A M Craig (Part-Time)
Mr C M Henderson (Part-Time)
Miss C Mitchell
Miss S Wilson


  1. To deliver the Northern Ireland Physical Education Curriculum.
  2. To make Physical Education an enjoyable experience for pupils.
  3. To acquire knowledge and participate in a wide range of activities.
  4. To acquire and develop techniques in a variety of physical activities.
  5. To make pupils aware of how they can develop a programme to improve their personal fitness.
  6. To acquire knowledge and understanding of safety factors in Physical Education, and also the rules in a particular activity and the need for them.
  7. To experience the full range of the Physical Education Curriculum as part of a progressive and developmental programme.
  8. To develop social and personal qualities of:
    1. co-operation in team group or partner work;
    2. a sensitivity to other pupils ideas;
    3. self-confidence;
    4. a sensitivity to capable pupils;
    5. self-discipline;
    6. reliability; 
    7. perseverance;
    8. sportsmanship.
  9. To develop an increasing awareness of the understanding of their bodies and the ways in which they may keep healthy, supple and gain in strength.
  10. To help them become aware of the abuses to their minds and bodies and to identify ways in which they can be prevented or eradicated.
  11. To gain an aesthetic appreciation of movement.
  12. To promote in a pupil a love of, interest in and knowledge of Physical Education and its contribution to the maintenance of life-long personal health and fitness.


Physical Education must reflect the aims of the whole school – learning through Physical Education rather than learning of Physical Education. It must develop a caring spirit within the department which will nurture sound moral and environmental values within the pupils.

Mission Statement

  1. To lay the foundations of personal growth in skills of social interaction and for the development of positive self-concept.
  2. To promote a sense of security and a sense of belonging
  3. To establish a caring community wherein the members display trust, concern and support for one another.
  4. To stretch a pupil to his/her own academic capability and physical ability according to maturity, ability and aptitude.
  5. To lay the foundations for study skills and academic work through GCSE and A level PE.
  6. To encourage further pursuit of physical activity outside school.


  • Sullivan Upper is committed to contributing to its students’ aesthetic, physical, intellectual, social and moral development and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in a caring environment.
  • Sullivan Upper students are encouraged to value and respect each other’s’ ability, self-confidence and self-esteem, and promote the School in the community through sport.
  • Sullivan Upper students and teachers work together to develop their skill, ability, self-confidence and self-esteem, and promote the School in the community through sport.
  • Sullivan Upper is committed to providing each of its’ students of all abilities and levels of skill, with a comprehensive range of sporting activities and events within curricular and extra-curricular time both intra-school and inter-school.
  • Sullivan Upper is dedicated to providing opportunities for individual success while promoting excellence in education and participation for all.

“We aim to provide a broad and balanced programme which gives every pupil within our school community the opportunity to develop physically, intellectually, socially, and morally".


Year 8

Boys Girls
1 Rugby Netball
2 Hockey Hockey
3 Swimming Swimming
4 Gymnastics Gymnastics
5 Indoor Athletics   Indoor Athletics  
6 Athletics Athletics
7 Cricket Cricket
8 Tennis Tennis

Year 9

Boys Girls
1 Basketball Gymnastics
2 Badminton Personal Survival
3 Football Netball
4 Gymnastics Racquets
5 Swimming Indoor Athletics  
6 Indoor Athletics Athletics
7 Cricket Cricket
8 Tennis Tennis

Year 10

Boys Girls
1 Basketball Gymnastics
2 Volleyball           Volleyball
3 Gymnastics Netball/Basketball
4 Football Racquets
5 Athletics Indoor   Athletics
6 Tennis   Athletics
7 Cricket Cricket
8 Tennis


Year 11

  Boys Girls
1 Handball Handball
3 Basketball Basketball
4 Volleyball Volleyball
5 Athletics Athletics
6 Tennis Tennis
7 Cricket Cricket

Year 12

  Boys Girls
1 Tag Rugby Tag Rugby
3 Basketball Basketball
4 Badminton Badminton
5 Cricket Cricket
6 Tennis Tennis

GCSE Physical Education

In Years 11 and 12 pupils may choose to follow a course in GCSE PE. They must have had a good participation record, and interest in PE and have represented the school at one activity or be playing at a high level in a sport which the school does not offer. They also need to be free from illness or injury which is likely to curtail their practical part of the course. The examining board is AQA. 

Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Informtion Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


GCE Physical Education

In Years 13 and 14 pupils may choose to follow a course in AS/A2 PE. They must meet the entry requirements in the school hand book. The examining board is EDEXCEL. The course consists of the following units: -


Unit 1  Participation in Sport and Recreation.

Unit 2  The Critical Sports Performer.


Unit 3  Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance.

Unit 4  The developing Sports Performer.

Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


Years 11-12

GCSE Pupils will be given one or two homework’s each week, this can either be reading information, researching information or completing a written homework.

Years 13-14

GCE Pupils will be given a homework in unit 1 or 3 each week, consisting of reading, researching or finishing notes. Only one formal homework will be given each week in each unit, so teachers will liaise, to ensure that this is the case.

In order to encourage Independent Learning, pupils will be given opportunities to work in groups and prepare a presentation and will present this to the rest of their class. This can include hand-outs, power point presentations, or pod-casts.

As units 2 and 4 are examined through coursework, pupils are required to keep all information researched on a memory stick as they go through the year, this will then be collated and presented for moderation in DVD or written form.

Pupils will be expected to hand homework’s and coursework in on time, except in the case of absence, illness or another exceptional circumstance. Staff may refuse to mark work which is handed in late and will record its lateness. Staff will liaise with home as is outlined with all AS and A level pupils at the beginning of their course. In the case of persistent lateness, the Head of Year will be informed and they will then also make contact with a parent/guardian.

Pupils and parents will be made aware of coursework deadline dates in September, and will be expected to adhere to them, except in such circumstances as outlined above.

Pupils will be given regular end of topic tests, in order for the teacher to monitor progress.

Contact us

Sullivan Upper School
Belfast Road
BT18 9EP