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.

In addition to this, the school must also meet national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

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

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.

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 Lacy), cover PPA and lead CPD. We have recently gained the Gold School Games Mark for the third 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 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 organising crew. This has enabled us to improve leadership opportunities for KS2 pupils. Our School Games organising 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. 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 sports 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.

Please click here for further details of how our Sports Premium Funding is being spent during this academic year (2018-2019), and the intended impact it is having on the children within St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School.

Here are details from the last academic year (2017-2018).

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

Please click here for a copy of our Summer Term Newsletter, written by the Organising Crew.