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Physical Education

Physical Education

Our Aims


Sport at Belfast Royal Academy plays an integral role in our curriculum. We aim to provide a sporting programme that has a positive influence on everyone, regardless of age, gender and ability. Our aims are to:

  • Raise standards
  • Increase Expectations
  • Promote a sense of pride

The School has an outstanding reputation for opportunity and excellence across a wide range of sports. Every year-group enjoys a full afternoon of Games at the Roughfort playing fields weekly as well as an additional session of PE and we are proud to be able to offer a huge variety of traditional sports including rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, athletics, rounders, cross-country running, badminton, tennis, table-tennis, basketball and swimming. In addition, pupils can also participate in golf, water polo, lifesaving and gymnastics.


Subject Leader

Mr I. McGonigle

Director of Rugby / Teacher

Mr D. Creighton

Senior Teacher

Mr P. Dorman

Senior Teacher

Mr C. McCarey


Miss K. Brady


Mr K. McCleery


Mrs N. Nicholl


Miss E Robinson


Mrs J. Shaw


  • Key Stage 3
  • GCSE
  • BTEC Level 3 Sport (Sixth Form)

Sporting Facilities & Resources

The P.E. Department enjoys the privilege of having over 21 acres of grounds at Roughfort Playing fields which hosts six rugby pitches, 2 synthetic cricket pitches and 3 cricket practice nets as well as a synthetic hockey pitch and additional gravel pitch and practice area. Roughfort also boasts athletics facilities with a long jump, high jump, hammer cage and shotput circle. The main school site has a dedicated Sports Centre, Gym, Fitness and conditioning Suite and 25 metre Swimming Pool and additional rugby and cricket pitches are located at the 12-acre Ben Madigan site, meaning we have plenty of space for pupils to undertake a wide range of sporting pursuits! Our pupils also often benefit from the sporting expertise of a team of enthusiastic and dedicated staff, professional players and dedicated sports coaches, who bring with them their experience of playing at national and international level.

Get in touch

Our office is open 8:15am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday.