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St. Mary's Hill, Inchbrook, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 5HP

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St Dominic's Catholic Primary School

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Sports Funding

The Government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 5 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016, 2016 to 2917 and 2017-2018.  They will allocate this extra funding directly to primary headteachers.

Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:

  • Hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
  • Support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
  • Provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
  • Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Run sports activities with other schools

In the academic year 17/18 the school receives £16,830.

So far we have chosen to use our funding to:

  • Fund specialist PE coaches from The Montagu Sports Academy to support our sports provision and provide training for teachers
  • Provide additional  training for teachers to extend the range we can offer e.g. badminton training.
  • Provide extra curricular sports clubs and activities e.g. Cricket and Mountain Biking
  • Take part in the Stroud School Sports Partnership which allows us to take part in inter school activities.
  • Fund Forest School outdoor learning opportunities for all age groups at a different location.
  • Purchase sports equipment and playtime resources to encourage more active play times.
  • Support Swimming activities throughout the year in set classes.
  • Support adventure residential activities for children in Year 5 and Year 6 to increase physical activity. 

The Impact has been:

  • Teachers who are more confident in delivering good quality PE sessions.
  • Increased number of pupils attending after school activity clubs.
  • Children who would not normally be so active, engaging in physical activity through  the extended opportunities provided. 
  • Increase confidence and engagement of children through outdoor learning opportunities, including development of skills in working as part of a team. This has had an impact back in the classroom.
  • Increase opportunities for competitive sports.
  • Children, who would not have the opportunity to learn to swim outside of school, have developed their water skills.

Currently, 86% of the year six cohort are meeting the National Curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Future Plans include the following:

  • Further develop our playground and school field to increase pupils' physical activity opportunities.
  • Further increase pupils opportunities to take part in competitive sports.
  • Training of our own Forest School and Outdoor learning Lead teacher. 
  • Release time to visit another local school to reflect on how they have promoted and developed active and outdoor learning opportunities across the curriculum. 
  • Promote the development of a healthy lifestyle with pupils.
  • Purchase wobble bikes for our youngest pupils, including providing training and planning resource for teachers.