At our school we strongly believe that physical education (PE) is part of every child’s entitlement to a good education. We actively encourage PE, sport and physical activity as a channel through which learning can be enhanced and enjoyed. It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. It provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.
We are proud of the current PE curriculum provision at our school and of the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that we provide for our pupils. All children have access to at least two hours of high quality PE, sport and physical activity provision each week, with a good balance of games, gymnastics, swimming, dance and athletic activities. Sporting clubs include; Street Dance, Football, Kwik Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Athletics, Multi-Skills, Change4Life Club, Running, Gymnastics, Tag Rugby and Chess, all of which provide the children with opportunities to share their talents and represent our school.
For the past four years, our school has also been awarded the ‘Gold’ Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark for our commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education. We were required to fulfil prerequisite criteria and 12 additional gold level criterions to achieve this accolade, including the opportunity of ‘engaging at least 50% of pupils in extracurricular sporting activity every week’ as well as ‘engaging at least 20% of our pupils in leading, managing and officiating in Sainsbury’s School Games activity’.
We are very proud that this year we were one of only 104 schools nationally who were invited to apply for the Platinum Award and achieve it. To be able to get this we have now started to take our commitment to health and well-being outside of our own school and into the community, working with our parents and families even more to make sure changes we're making to our lifestyles are more sustainable.
We also have a School Sports Organising Crew (SSOC) in place whereby a group of Year 6 children have joined together to to lead the planning and delivery of school sport clubs and Level 1 (intra) school competition programmes in our school. Last year, the SSOC helped to plan, deliver and officiate our School Games Day, lead our morning Wake and Shake routines, attend School Council Meetings to promote sporting activities and also organise lunchtime activities for our KS1 pupils.
Both intra-school and inter-school competitions also feature in our school sporting calendar including, Football, Hockey, Swimming, Rounders, Athletics and Cross Country as well as our yearly KS1 and KS2 School Games Days. In addition to this we attend the Cheltenham and District Schools Athletics Competition with our KS2 pupils,Netball league, the annual Albert Dix football competition and our school sports teams also take part in regular fixtures with other local primary schools.
Following on from the success of the 2012 London Olympics the government is providing additional £150 million of funding to improve provision of PE and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary schools. More recently, this funding has been increased in response to the Sugar Tax. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE, sport and physical activity in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE, sport and physical activity but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. We will outline below our vision for PE, sport and physical activity and how this additional funding will help with the development of this at our school.
At St Gregory’s the funding is being used to deliver various projects and initiatives including:
As part of our commitment to our development of PE, sport and physical activity provision, we have committed to using a portion of our funding to join the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (SSN) membership. This entitles us to curriculum support, specialist coaching, access to a designated School Sport Co-ordinator, CPD opportunities for staff members, provision for our Gifted and Talented pupils and Sportsability camps for those with specific needs.
To aid with improving the competitive sport opportunities at our school the membership covers entry into the following events, many of which we already attend: