School Sports & Sports Premium

We have subscribed to the Local Authority School Sports Partnership which enables the children to participate in a range of cluster, local and regional events, in addition to PE CPD, School Games Mark support, leadership training and access to lesson planning.

We employ Mrs Mullis (a specialist P.E. teacher) 2 days each week to support staff with their teaching, liaise with the P.E. subject leader (Miss Lacy) and lead CPD. We have recently gained the School Games Mark gold award for the 5th year in a row which enabled us to apply for, and achieve platinum, 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 attend an annual PE conference which looks at the latest developments in PE, school sport and physical activity.

Mrs Mullis and Miss Lacy 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.

The sports premium funding helps us to incorporate training, organisation, resources and the running of Change4Life extra-curricular sessions for individual groups of children. It also supports the training and delivery of sessions for pupils throughout school by the playground leaders and Sports Crew. Leaders run Personal Best challenges which encourage resilience and helps children to become more determined as they work towards improving their own score.  This has enabled us to improve leadership opportunities for KS2 pupils. Our School Games Sports Crew run level 1 competitions for Y2-Y6, Change4Life Champions help with the running of our health and wellbeing club, and playground leaders enhance the activity levels of children at playtimes. 6 children attended the Stockton Schools Sport Partnership Leadership Academy and have since given training to others to help with creating further opportunities to be active. We have table tennis leaders running activities and competitions at lunch times and after school gymnastics leaders who assist teachers with skill development and making children competition ready across KS1 and KS2. We also have Wake Up Shake Up leaders who help us get the day off to an energetic start. We have now employed coaches as Playground Activators who will help to engage children in physical activity during lunchtimes and involves all year groups.

The sports premium funding 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 is an annual event. The week highlights the importance of physical activity at St Francis and links to a range of external providers such as Destination Judo and these provide a valuable link and opportunity to follow pupils’ sporting pathways outside of school. We continue to encourage inter and intra sports activities where possible and incorporate our School Games days into this week.

We, as a school, value the importance of physical activity in supporting learning taking place within the school day. Therefore, we endeavour to ensure that physical activity is embedded throughout the curriculum and the school day so that children meet the government guidelines of 30 minutes of physical activity per day at school. Information has been sent home to parents/carers regarding encouraging the additional 30 minutes each day to take place at home.

Finalised spending plan for 2020-2021 is available here.

Click here for further details of how our Sports Premium Funding was spent during the academic year 2021-2022,and the impact it has had on the children within St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School.

Here is detailed information regarding planned spending between Sept 2020 and March 2021 due to the underspend during academic year 2019-2020 linked to COVID. We spent all our funding in the academic year 2021-2022.

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

In June, we spent the week stepping outside our comfort zones and trying something new as part of Sports week. Please see the pictures below. The school Sports Premium budget supported these opportunities.

Just wanted to say thank you for today, what a lovely school with fantastic children and sports leaders. The Y6 children were especially amazing, taking it all in their stride at short notice, they displayed outstanding communication skills and were great role models for the younger children.