Physical Education

Physical Education Staff Members

  • Mr A. Stewart (Principal Teacher)
  • Mr G. McCallum (Principal Teacher of Work, Enterprise and Vocational Education)
  • Mrs J. Chalmers (DHT)
  • Mrs C. Bleach (Principal Teacher Pupil Support)
  • Mr D. Masters (Assistant Teacher)
  • Miss R. Cambell (Assistant Teacher)

Overall Aims

  1. To stimulate and encourage enthusiastic participation in physical activities, to develop a positive attitude towards P.E. as part of the school curriculum and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyle.

  2. To help pupils to see Physical Education as,
      • a major feature in their lives related to leisure, employment and culture,
      • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills e.g interpersonal and problem solving skills.

  3. To help pupils to understand,
      • the importance of safe practice within Physical Education.
      • the short and long term effects of exercise on the body.
      • the importance of exercise towards a fit and healthy lifestyle.

  4. To help pupils develop a range of personal qualities such as politeness, tolerance, perseverance, initiative, co-operation, self discipline and independance.

  5. To help pupils establish and develop self-esteem and confidence through physical activity.

  6. To help pupils work independently and as part of a team in a variety of activities, in so much as Physical Education has a contribution to make in the development of core skills such as working with others, communication and problem-solving.

  7. To help pupils develop informed opinions and to be able to support them with reasoned argument.


These objectives relate directly to the aims of Dalziel High School, of the Physical Education Department in particular and are included to contribute towards the positive ethos which exists in Dalziel High School.


  1. Staff should, wherever possible, provide a wide variety of experiences and activities during P.E lessons and during a block of activity. Pupils should be encouraged to improve their practical ability in a range of activities.

  2. This is achieved through:
    • games, gymnastics, athletics and social dance
    • indoor and outdoor activities
    • individual, group and team activities
    • health-related exercise and fitness.

  3. Staff should refer to school, local, national and international events and perspectives to ensure the delivery of activities follows National Governing Body guidelines, Education Scotland and PEPAS initiatives

  4. Safety is enhanced through emphasis of the following:
    • the need to bring and wear appropriate clothing and equipment.
    • the potential dangers associated through participating when wearing jewellery.
    • how to lift, move, carry and place heavy objects and/or equipment (when appropriate).

  5. Lessons should be conducted in a secure, supportive and disciplined manner. Staff and pupils should interact in a manner that demonstrates mutual respect. Pupils will be made aware of, and learn, the rules, etiquette and codes of conduct of various activities.

  6. Pupils are encouraged to improve their practical ability and achieve all they can. Confidence and self-esteem can be positively encouraged as a result.

  7. Opportunities will exist at various times for group discussion of relevant issues. At these times opinions and views may be shared on a variety of issues including physical education, physical activity, sport and health and well-being.

  8. Opportunities will exist for individual and/or group activities so that pupils may offer opinion and suggestion and learn how to work co-operatively as well as independently.

Health and Well-being is an increasingly important aspect of life. The need for a positive attitude and the development of a disciplined approach to health and well-being is to be encouraged in P.E.
This will include aspects such as:

  • the importance of preparing properly before exercise and of a recovery period following exercise
  • understanding the term fitness and the practical implications of fitness training
  • the need to have a balanced diet
  • the need to have adequate rest/sleep

Facilities & Activities

The facilities available are:

  • Games Hall
  • Gymnasium
  • Assembly Hall
  • Fitness Suite
  • Large Area of Grass
  • We also use the local Duchess Park

We are also very lucky to have the use of Dalziel Park. This facility is managed by Dalziel High School War Memorial Trust and is situated near the village of Cleland. At Dalziel Park we have:

  • 2 Full Size 3G Football/Rugby Astro-turf Pitches (both Floodlit)
  • 3 Full Size Rugby Pitches (all Floodlit)
  • 3 Full Size Football Pitches (1 Floodlit)
  • 3 Astro-turf Floodlit 5-a-side/Tennis Courts
  • 1 Indoor Training Barn
  • 1 Full Size Floodlit Polymeric Athletics Track

To view these magnificent facilities and learn more about the history of the Dalziel High School War Memorial Trust, please click the following link.


At Dalziel High School we teach a wide range of activities.

In First and Second year, pupils spend all of their Physical Education time at Dalziel Park where they cover the following activities.

S1 cover the following:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Cross Country Running
  • Athletics
  • Summer Games

In S2, and in addition to some of the above, pupils will cover some of the following:

  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Handball
  • Flag Football
  • Orienteering

And of course all Pupils take part in traditional Scottish Country dancing in time for the famous Dalziel Christmas Ceilidhs.

Core PE S3-6

From S3 to S6 all PE is accommodated within the Crawford Street campus with irregular trips to the Duchess Park. Indoor activities are the main focus, and include

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Fitness
  • Volleyball
  • Handball

Depending on the class size and timetable, some classes will be able to make use of the school mountain bikes which we take to Duchess Park and Strathclyde Park.

Self/Course Evaluation
At the end of each block pupils are asked to complete a Course evaluation. This can be accessed from these pages and by following the link. There are 10 questions on each activity and results can be used to form change in the PE curriculum.

Course & Activity Surveys
Once you have completed a block of activity in Physical Education your teacher will ask you to fill out an evaluation. This is so that the PE department can identify strengths and areas for improvement within the course and make improvements year on year. Please take the time to fill out the activity evaluations as your thoughts and opinions matter to us. Please only fill out evaluations for activities you have completed.


S1 Rugby

S1 Hockey

S1 Cross Country

S1 Social Dance


S2 Tennis

S2 Handball

S2 Orienteering

S2 Cross County

S2 Social Dance


S3 Social Dance

S3 Handball

S3 Basketball

S3 Volleyball

S3 Fitness

S3 Gymnastics

S3 Badminton

S3 Table Tennis

Certificate Physical Education

National Qualifications (Nationals or NQ’s)

This is a two year course beginning in S3. Pupils will get practical experience within a variety of activities including:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics

Performance and the development of performance is the key to success within NQ PE. This is based on practical performance but also on a study of the Factors which Impact on Performance (FIP’s).

Factors are grouped within

  • Physical Factors
  • Emotional Factors
  • Mental Factors
  • Social Factors

Performance is assessed via a special ‘One-off Performance’. Assessments are made by School PE Staff.

Pupils must also complete a portfolio which covers the FIP’s. This must be completed under controlled conditions and within school.
There is no externally marked assessment or examination within NQ PE.

Higher Grade

Utilising school-based facilities and those at Dalziel Park, pupils participate in a range of activities and are expected to improve their skills and techniques within each activity.

The course also contributes to the personal and social development of students. Participation is fundamental to success within the course.
The activities covered in this course include:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton

These activities are not prescriptive however and others may also be included depending on the ability and interests of the Higher cohort.

Higher Practical Performance Unit

Practical Performance Units are available at Int. 1, Int. 2, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. Utilising school-based facilities and those at Dalziel Park, pupils participate in a range of activities and are expected to improve their skills and techniques within each activity. The course also contributes to the personal and social development of students. Participation is fundamental to success within the course. The activities covered in this course include:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Cricket

Fitness and Leisure

In addition to all of the above, Senior pupils in S4, 5 and 6 can opt to take a Fitness and Leisure Course. Classes make use of the Crawford Street and Dalziel Park facility and, where possible and practical, local sports centres and facilities such as the Time Capsule and Aquatec.
Fitness is the main focus with as many different types and styles of fitness covered.

Additional Information

Here are a list of web sites which include more information on Physical Education and Sports. All the main sports have their own dedicated websites and well worth accessing for up-to-date information on current issues. The following provide other items of interest.

All the lastest sports news and results

This is a ‘Sports Coach’ website, which contains lots of links for a wide variety of sports. Fitness is a main feature of this site with training methods and fitness development all covered in detail.

A link to various sports related web sites, including 'bitesize' revision and 'Course Selector'

Various skills practices for many sports, also including information on fitness training etc.

You have to register to use this site but it is absolutely free!

An excellent web site dedicated to revising Standard Grade Courses

In addition to all of the above 'Youtube' pages include masses of information relating to introductory and international class performance. Many of these include instructional videos which can be used for additional training and skills development or practice.

This is a fantastic resource but must be used properly


Extra-Curricular Sport

Dalziel High School prides itself on providing a host of opportunities for pupils to participate in sport out-with the normal school day. Many staff give freely of their time to offer their expertise in a wide range of sports and activities. These are very popular amongst the pupils.

This years Extra-curricular programme is available below:

The school also looks to compete in as many NLC and NGB competitions as is possible. Teams are regularly entered into athletic, badminton, basketball, cross-country, football, gymnastic, hockey, rugby, triathlon and volleyball competitions. Win or lose these activities offer pupils the opportunity of experiencing competitive sport. Inherent within this is the development of self-esteem, confidence, discipline, co-operation, working with others and, perhaps most importantly, of having lots of fun!
Furthermore, the school runs trips to sporting events throughout the year.