School Sports

The Primary PE and Sport Premium was launched by the government in April 2013 and is available for three years to July 2020. It is ring-fenced funding to be used by the school to improve the quality and breadth of our PE, sport and physical activity provision.

The national vision is for: “All pupils leaving primary school [to be] physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”

There are five key indicators that support how the money is spent. These are:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching P.E. and sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.

Our sports funding for this academic year is being spent in a number of ways.

We have subscribed to the Elite Package through the Local Authority School Sports Partnership which enables the children to participate in a range of cluster, local and regional events.

The children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have represented the school in football, tag rugby, cricket, basketball, athletics, swimming, cross country, netball and hockey since April 2014. Individual pupils have excelled in some events, reaching the Tees Valley finals.

The Year 5 and 6 basketball team came first in the Stockton Finals last academic year. We have a number of children who represented Stockton in the Tees Valley swimming finals and the School Games Level 3 competition at Middlesbrough Sports Village. Congratulations to two children who gained 1st in their selected events. Both the open and girls cricket teams were outstanding and performed well at the Tees Valley finals.

We employ Mrs Mullis (a specialist P.E. teacher) two days each week to support staff with their teaching, liaise with the P.E. subject leader (Miss Brazier), cover PPA and lead CPD. We have recently gained the Gold School Games Mark for the second year in a row showing that we are meeting targets regarding participation, leadership opportunities and competition at Level 1 and Level 2 and club links.

The teachers have taken part in various CPD opportunities. These are being implemented in lessons throughout the school. Staff attended the Tees Valley P.E. conference earlier in the year.

Mrs Mullis and Miss Brazier continue to work with the staff and governors to develop a competitive but fun sports day for children from Years 1-6.

We ensure that, where possible, a teacher can accompany the children to sporting events during the school day.

Transport is not charged to the pupils attending any sporting events. We use the school minibus and the sports funding helps us to do this.

It helps us to incorporate training, organisation, resources and the running of Change4Life sessions, playground leaders, organising crew which involves a number of children throughout the school. Funding has helped us to improve leadership opportunities. We have a School Games Organising crew who run level 1 competitions for Y2-Y6, Change4Life Champions who help with the running of our health and wellbeing club, plus playground leaders to enhance the activity levels of children at playtimes. We also have Wake Up Shake Up helpers who help us get the day off to an energetic start. Ten children attended the Stockton Leadership Academy for training, ready for their school leadership roles.

It enables us to subsidise paying for sporting extra-curricular clubs when not full as we have a range of different external teachers/coaches.

Our Health and Fitness Week during the last academic year coincided with the 2016 National Road Race Championships that were being held in Stockton. The week continued to encourage inter and intra sports activities where possible and incorporated our sports days.

Please click here for further details of how our Sports Premium Funding has been spent during this academic year (2016-2017), and the impact it has had on sport within St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School.

Please click here for a link to our School Games page which has reports and blogs, future events and other information.