Physical Education

The PE department is a highly successful and vibrant department, which comprises of three male and three female staff, all of whom are dedicated to encouraging participation and developing excellence. We believe strongly in learning through interaction and our pupils explore and develop their own ideas through a variety of teaching environments.

Three Strands

At present there are four strands to physical activity at Fettes: Games, Activities and Physical Education.

Unbeatable Facilities

In the Third Form, the PE programme offers an enviable breadth and depth; the College is fortunate enough to have the facilities to offer all six components of the National Curriculum (key stages 3 and 4).

Contemporary Issues in Sport

In addition to core PE, Third Form pupils can also select an academic PE programme which introduces them to contemporary issues in sport. This includes topics within psychology and physiology and gives them an insight into the interdisciplinary nature of sport.

A Popular Choice

GCSE PE (AQA GCSE specification) is a popular choice amongst both boys and girls at Fettes. The new curriculum is much broader, more exciting and includes topics such as human physiology, nutrition, movement analysis, psychology and socio-cultural influences. The pupils vary in their sporting interests and performance level but they all share the common goal of wanting to achieve the best possible grade in the subject.

A level PE

The College also offers the pupils the chance to study PE at A level (AQA AS Level specification . The A level course is very demanding; challenging pupils to develop a high level of understanding of applied physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sociology and the acquisition of skills.

IB Sport, Exercise & Health Science

IB Sport, Exercise and Health Science (IB SEHS syllabus) is offered at both Standard and Higher level. It is in the science column of the IB diploma (group 4) and contains a stimulating curriculum which focuses on the science behind sport. It is an interdisciplinary course that covers anatomy, exercise physiology, genetics, biomechanics, psychology and the acquisition of skills.

Further details of the academic programme: Physical Education 2017 [PDF - 103kB]

Sport Science Lab

We have developed a Sport Science laboratory in which we are able to assess pupil’s physiological and biomechanical performance. We have running machines, a stationary bike, concept 2 rowing ergometers, which run alongside Vernier physiology software, and equipment which allows us to accurately gather data to support our academic learning and performance.
Our Sport Science laboratory also contains a computer suite from which we can analyse both physiological results as well as complete video analysis of our Games performance.

Technological advances

The department are constantly investigating technological advances in the analysis and this year we have increased our access to Coach Logic (Video Analysis Software) as part of our evolving eTEACHING programme, allowing both coaches and pupils to teach and learn using video analysis.