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Physical Education

The Physical Education Department aims to foster self-discipline and encourage pupils to enjoy their participation in various activities with the hope that they will continue some sort of physical activity when they leave school.

Physical Education

About Our Physical Education Department

The Physical Education Department has many aims: to introduce and develop a wide range of skills, both individual and team, indoor, outdoor and in water; to encourage social development and ability to work together in a small group or as a team; respect for rules, each other and the opposition; and sportsmanship.

Classes are taught in single sex and co-ed groups throughout the school depending upon the activity. The main sports during the Christmas and Easter terms are rugby for the boys and hockey for the girls. The main sports in the summer term are tennis for the girls, cricket for the boys and athletics for both.

Activities covered within the PE and Games curriculum include aerobics, athletics, badminton, basketball, circuits, cross country , curling, fitness, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, lacrosse, netball, orienteering, rounders, rugby, social dance, swimming, tennis, volleyball and weights.


Mr Philip Smith (Director of PE and Sport)
Mrs Alison Cox (Head of Girls' Games)
Mr Barry FitzGerald (SQA Coordinator)
Mr Finlay Gillies
Mr Stewart Leggat (Junior Exam Coordinator & Assistant Housemaster - Clyde)
Mr Alan Meikle
Mrs Romana Owen (Support for Learning Assistant)

Part Time Staff

Mrs Hilary Cannon
Mrs Sheila Dougan
Mrs Morag Gillan
Mrs Jenny Hood
Mr Scott Inglis
Mrs Dawn McCluskey
Mr John McConnell
Mrs Sue Mitchell


Year Group Games Day After School Training     
Transitus Monday (p4&5) Thursday         
S1 Thursday (p7&8) Monday          
S2 Monday (p7&8) Thursday
S3 Tuesday (p7&8) Wednesday
S4 – S6 Wednesday (p7&8) Tuesday

Curriculum Information

Games Kit:

  • Click here to view the Games Kit required for this session. 

Sportswear can be ordered:

During the order process use the Coupon Code 'HSOG' to have your order delivered free of charge to the school for collection. You will receive a call from PSL Team Sports when the item is ready to be collected from the school!

  • by phone directly to Provan Sports on 0141 891 5281

Saturday cancellation arrangements

Any cancellations made on Saturday mornings will be notified on the school website under the Fixtures Section.

A text message will also be sent to the mobile phone number that the School has on its database for each pupil. If you wish this number to be altered please contact the School.

Soft Tissue Practioner

Nikola Thomson   B.Ed Hons PE, ISRM, CNHC
Nikola uses a combination of remedial massage, myofascial release and postural assessment to attempt to treat injuries at their source, not just the symptoms.

Pain can be relentless and debilitating and commonly stems from a combination of lack of mobility, stiffness, injury, tiredness and emotional upset.

People often experience intermittent pain for many months or years which, despite treatment and specialist assessments, no cause or diagnosis are found. Skilled soft tissue therapists use a unique hands on approach to feel what is going on in your body and identify tight and tender areas that do not always show up on X ray, MRI or other scans.

Using specific Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques, treatment can release stiffness and restore the body's balance and function, allowing the exhausted overworked tissue creating the pain to relax and repair naturally. This is done when a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to the fascial system with Myofascial Release techniques allowing the body to unwind and the fascial system to release.

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue to produce therapeutic or remedial effects. Therapeutic massage is slow and rhythmic, using a steady even pressure and is used for relaxation and well-being.

Remedial massage involves deep tissue work, stretching and passive mobilisation of joints to give more movement and assist with the healing of strains and injuries.

Nikola graduated with an Honours Degree in P.E. in 1990. She started studying massage in 1994 and in 1999 completed a 2-year Advanced Remedial Massage course, gaining SQA recognition and a Diploma with the Scottish School of Professional Massage. She is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She also practices Integrated Myofascial Techniques.

Nikola spent 3 years working with Strathendrick Rugby Club, seeing them promoted from Glasgow Division to National Division 4 and for the last 6 years has been involved with the West of Scotland mini and midi rugby teams.

She has now worked with the staff at The High School of Glasgow for 11 years, as well as running a very successful private practice.

Nikola has a well-founded knowledge of both human anatomy and body mechanics, and as an F.P. she is also able to understand the psychological pressures involved in competitive sport and high academic attainment.

Treatment takes place in the Medical room of the Jimmie Ireland Stand, on Wednesdays during term time.

Pupils may come in their free periods, during lunch or break times.

Treatment sessions last ½ an hour at a cost of £30.

Nikola Thomson can be contacted on 07793542854, or call Jane Sim (School Nurse) for an appointment.


Sports Injury, Rehabilitation  Physiotherapy Clinic

Brenda Crawford BSc, MSc, MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist.
The High School of Glasgow, Medical Room, Jimmie Ireland Stand, Anniesland.

Brenda can provide expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury rehabilitation.  The combination of  15 years working in NHS outpatients, her own private sports injury clinic at Esporta,  West of Scotland Rugby club and with Scottish Rugby Union physiotherapists during the attainment of her recent Strength and Conditioning Masters (Edinburgh University), ensures that your child will receive highly effective, evidence based treatment.

Benefits of attending the clinic:

    • PROMPT  intervention, conveniently delivered within the school
    • Prevent injury from poor posture or training techniques
    • Speed up the healing rate of injuries and prevent re-injury
    • Prevent secondary complications
    • Return to sport/activities more quickly
    • Optimise sports performance potential

Typical conditions treated:

  • All musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries
  • Joint pain / inflammation all joints including the Spinal joints
  • Post fracture / operation


Treatments include:

  • Advice on self management
  • Postural re-education - Pilates
  • Tissue and joint mobilisations
  • Manipulations
  • Kinesio strapping (the new colourful taping)
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Evidence based exercise rehab program
  • Strength and conditioning program-  performance enhancement

Cost of appointments:

  • £35 for minimum of 30 min appointment

As a parent of two girls at the High School, Brenda understands the desire of the children to participate fully in all activities. Injury can curtail them reaching their full potential.

Prompt intervention is key.

How to make an appointment


Clinic days:

Monday and Thursday, 8-5pm.