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Principal Teacher | Mr Dave Vernon

Faculty Overview

  • Mrs Tracey Irving (Physical Education)
  • Mr Gordon Shepherd (Physical Education)
  • Mr Ian Robertson (Physical Education)
  • Miss Aimee McLaggan (Home Economics)
  • Mrs Kirsty Johnstone (Home Economics)
  • Mrs Annie Shand (Home Economics)
  • Mr James Colhoun (Active Schools Coordinator)

Curriculum Overview

Physical Education


The yearly schedule is planned using the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes

Assessment is based around The Physical Education Benchmarks


Three periods a week; double Periods for Performance Sports -

Boys - Rugby, Football, Swimming, Badminton, Athletics

Girls - Netball, Rugby, Football, Swimming, Badminton, Athletics


Pupils will participate in a double period of ‘performance sports’ because we are aiming to develop a deeper understanding and improved performance in the sports that students in Brechin have the most access to, in school and local clubs.  This will hopefully encourage more pupils to engage with sport out with school, and throughout their life.


Single Periods for 'Choice Blocks':

Fitness, cross country, volleyball, short tennis, dodgeball, Danish longball, hockey, climbing, golf, rounders, gymnastics, bowls, dance, parkour, table tennis, football, rugby, netball, hockey, etc.


To give the pupils an opportunity to choose how they learn and experience the huge variety that sport can offer.


Two periods a week; double Periods for Performance Sports -

Boys - Rugby, Football, Swimming, Badminton, Athletics

Girls - Netball, Rugby, Football, Swimming, Badminton, Athletics

*S3s also get 'choice periods' whereby they get to choose a variety of sports, and decide how best they learn for that period


S3 Elective:

If students select this course they will study ‘Factors That Impact Performance’ along with ‘Performance Skills,’ which will aim to prepare them for National 5 PE.


Senior Phase PE
National 4 |National 5 |Higher |Advanced Higher


All S4-S6 students get two periods of Core PE a week.  Students are offered a variety of sporting options including use of the Fitness Suite.


Senior Certificate PE -

The Senior Phase Certificate PE courses are available at a variety of levels. All are a mix of practical and theory, based on the 'Factors That Impact Performance’. Students are able to choose the activities they are practically marked in. Theory assessments vary; can take the form of a portfolio (Nat 5), an exam (Higher), or a project (Advanced Higher).

See also National Qualifications - Physical Education


S5/S6 Elective -

Sports Leaders (Two periods a week):

This course is equivalent to a National 5. The qualification is designed to use sport and physical activity to help young people develop and hone their leadership skills, whilst helping themselves, and others, stay physically active. Students will complete a booklet whilst leading sport activities in school, in cluster primaries, and during extra-curricular clubs.

See also Sports Leadership Programmes


Fitness and Health:

This course is for students who want to develop their overall fitness and health. Personalised training programmes will be created, with a variety of options available, including 'Strength' sessions.

Sports Awards 2020 

Here you will find presentations on BHS Sports Highlights 2019/20 and the Sports Awards 2020

Click here for the BHS Sports Awards Records website.

BGE Health and Food Technology

***As part of their preparation for lessons, pupils are expected to provide a suitable container in which to take their food home***

S1 and S2 - All pupils will have one period per week, alternating between Demonstration/Theory and Practical Cookery.

In S2 there will also be a short block of time spent on Textile Technology when pupils will produce a scarf.

S3 Health and Food Technology

S3 Practical Cookery

Health and Food Technology Nat 4/5


Practical Cookery NAT 4/5

All pupils choosing Practical Cookery will have 5 Periods per week.

There will be a double period for Practical where the pupils will prepare and cook either a starter, savoury or sweet dish. Every third week they will make 2 dishes.

One period will be used for preparing for the practical class, with the remaining periods used for Time Planning and Theory.

Practical Cake Craft Nat 4/5 (S5/6)




National Qualifications 

NQ - Health and Food Technology

NQ - Practical Cookery

NQ - Practical Cake Craft







Trust and Respect,