Government statement

‘The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave us a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy sport.  The Government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the Games. Developing an enjoyment of sport and physical activity, and promoting a healthy lifestyle in children from an early age, are vital aspects of that’. 

To support this, in March 2013, the Prime Minister announced a cross-Government programme providing significant additional funding for primary schools.  Every state-funded school in the country with primary-aged pupils receives additional funding from an overall allocation per year, ring-fenced for sport and physical education (PE).

As a school with seventeen or more pupils we received a lump sum of £8,000 with an additional sum of £5 per pupil. We received our first year's allocation in September 2013.

Between September 2015 and August 2016 we received £8,895.

How has the funding been spent?

  • Hiring a specialist PE teacher, a dance teacher and a qualified sports coach to work with the teachers when teaching PE to develop their practice and provide high quality lessons.
  • Increasing participation in school games.
  • Providing places for pupils in after school and holiday sport clubs.
  • Competing with other primary schools in inter-school sporting activities.
  • Hiring an ex-military professional, through the Commando Joe initiative, to promote resilience, commitment and self-discipline amongst our pupils

What impact has the funding had?

The additional funding has improved the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation, so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and achieve the performance standards they are capable of.

Attendance at extra-curricular clubs rose again last year.

We have organised intra-school competitions between the school teams which have involved all children in competitive sport and enhanced team spirit.

More school teams have been entered into inter-school sporting events and tournaments than previously.

All Year 5 pupils were trained as Junior Play Leaders. This scheme is run within school to enhance provision for all pupils at lunchtime.

The school achieved the Silver Sainsbury’s Sport Award again in 2016

What next?

For the academic year 2016/2017 we have been allocated £8,875.

Current funding will enable us to continue to employ specialist PE teachers and coaches to enhance provision and further train staff.

We will continue to hire Commando Joe for a day a week to promote resilience, team work and physical challenge in our children.

Further intra-school sports events are planned.

A whole school Sports Festival is planned at the local sports centre.

All Year 6 pupils will attend The  Brooksbank School Sports College to use the cycle track.