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23rd Feb 2018

These 80 schools will be the first to have PE as a Leaving Cert subject in Ireland

Conor Heneghan


The first PE exam will take place in 2020.

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., has announced the 80 schools throughout Ireland that will be the first in the country to partake in the first phase of implementation of the new Physical Education for Senior Cycle programmes.

The 80 schools involved will implement either the examinable Physical Education Leaving Certificate subject or the new Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework (which is not for examination), or both.

Students taking the new Leaving Cert PE subject from September of this year will sit the first Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) exam in 2020; the subject can be taken at both higher and ordinary levels.

A total of 369 schools applied to participate in first phase and the Department announced its intention to roll out the new specification and framework to all schools from 2020.

The specification for Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) will be presented in two strands (details below).

Strand 1 Topics:

  • Learning and improving skill and techniques.
  • Physical and psychological demands of performance.
  • Structures, strategies, roles and conventions.
  • Planning for optimum performance.

Strand 2 Topics:

  • Promoting physical activity.
  • Ethics and fair play.
  • Physical activity and inclusion.
  • Technology, media and sport.

There are three assessment components in LCPE:

  • Physical activity project – 20%.
  • Performance assessment – 30%.
  • Written examination – 50%.

The framework for Senior Cycle Physical Education, meanwhile, which aims to encourage learners’ confident, enjoyable and informed participation in physical activity while in senior cycle and in their future lives, contains six curriculum models:

  • Health-Related Physical Activity.
  • Sport Education.
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity.
  • Adventure Education.
  • Personal and Social Responsibility.
  • Teaching Games for Understanding.

The 80 schools partaking in the first phase of implementation of the new Physical Education for Senior Cycle programmes can be viewed in full below.

List of Schools

  1. Abbey Community College, Boyle. Co. Roscommon
  2. Abbey Vocational School, The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
  3. Ashbourne Community School, Deerpark, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
  4. Beara Community School, Castletownbere, Beara, Co. Cork
  5. Beaufort College, Trim Rd, Navan, Co. Meath
  6. Belvedere College S.J, 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
  7. Borris Vocational School, Borris, Co. Carlow
  8. Borrisokane Community College, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary
  9. Carndonagh Community School, Carndonagh, Lifford, Co. Donegal
  10. Castleknock Community College, Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15
  11. Castletroy College, Newtown, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
  12. Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Wellington Road, Cork
  13. Coláiste Abbain, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  14. Coláiste An Chroí Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co. Chorcaí
  15. Coláiste Bride, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  16. Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
  17. Coláiste Cholmcille, College St, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
  18. Colaiste Chraobh Abhann, Creowen, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
  19. Coláiste Cois Life, Gleann an Ghrífín, Leamhcán, Co. Átha Cliath
  20. Coláiste íde agus iosaef, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
  21. Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  22. Coláiste Naomh Mhuire, Convent Of Mercy, Sallins Rd, Naas, Co. Kildare
  23. Creagh College, Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  24. Deansrath Community College, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  25. Deele College, Raphoe, Lifford, Co. Donegal
  26. Dominican College, Griffith Ave, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  27. Dominican College, Taylors Hill, Galway
  28. Gaelcholáiste luimnigh, Meal sior anraí, Luimneach
  29. Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir, An Clochan, Leifear, Co. Dhun na nGall
  30. Glanmire Community College, Glanmire, Co. Cork
  31. Gort Community School, Gort, Co. Galway
  32. Holy family school for the deaf, Navan road, Cabra, Dublin 7
  33. John The Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co. Limerick
  34. Kinsale Community School, Kinsale, Co. Cork
  35. Le Cheile Secondary School, Hollystown Road, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15
  36. Loreto College, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  37. Loreto Secondary School, Coleville Rd, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  38. Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
  39. Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co. Longford
  40. Mount Anville Secondary School, Mount Anville Rd, Dublin 14
  41. Moville Community College, Carrownaff, Moville, Co. Donegal
  42. Newpark Comprehensive School, Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  43. Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin
  44. Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Rosbercon, New Ross, Co. Wexford
  45. Our Lady Of Mercy College, Beaumont, Dublin 9
  46. Portmarnock Community School, Carrickhill Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
  47. Presentation College, Warrenmount, Dublin 8
  48. Presentation Secondary School, Grogan’s Road, Wexford, Co. Wexford
  49. Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  50. Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  51. Ratoath College, Jamestown, Ratoath, Co. Meath
  52. Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
  53. Sacred Heart Secondary School, Sunnyside, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  54. Scoil Chriost Ri, Presentation Secondary School, Borris Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  55. Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, St Oran’s Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
  56. Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin, Cluain Saileach, Baile Atha Cliath 15
  57. Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Co. Kerry
  58. Scoil Pól, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick
  59. Shannon Comprehensive School, Shannon, Co. Clare
  60. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  61. Francis Capuchin College, Rochestown, Co. Cork
  62. Kieran’s College Secondary School, College Rd, Kilkenny
  63. Louis Secondary School, Dun Lughaidh, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  64. Marys College, Rathmines, Dublin 6
  65. Marys College, Nicholas Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  66. Peter’s Community School, Passage West, Co. Cork
  67. St Aidan’s CBS, Collins Avenue Ext, Whitehall, Dublin 9
  68. St Brogan’s College, Bandon, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork
  69. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
  70. Leo’s College, Dublin Road, Carlow
  71. Macartan’s College, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan
  72. Mary’s Secondary School, Irishtown, New Ross, Co. Wexford
  73. Mary’s Secondary School, Convent of Mercy, Ballina, Co. Mayo
  74. The Abbey School, Station Road, Co. Tipperary
  75. Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9
  76. Tullow Community School, The Mullawn, Tullow, Co. Carlow
  77. Villiers Secondary School, North Circular Road, Limerick
  78. Virginia College, Virginia, Co. Cavan
  79. Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 16
  80. Woodbrook College, Woodbrook, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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