The information below gives details of the schools PE and Sport Premium Grant and how the funding is allocated.
What is the Sports Funding? The National Picture
Sports funding was introduced by the Government in September 2013. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in developing Physical Education in Schools and build an ‘Olympic Legacy’. Each school receives £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years – at St. Mary’s that will mean around £8,800 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
In 2017 the government increased the funding by a further £8000 a year. We have successfully used the funding to siginifiacntly improve our PE at St Mary's as shown in 2017 when we were awarded the silver PE Kite Mark, a nationally recognised sports excellence award.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It's important that we use this money wisely, especially as the majority of the PE support we previously received from secondary schools will cease. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in additional coaching and resources to further enhance the PE curriculum and extra – curricular sports after schools clubs. Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing more sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
At St Mary’s the funding is being used to deliver the following projects and initiatives.
The appointment of a qualified sports coach company, Future Stars has improved the PE in the school. This has enriched the curriculum and enabled all our children to experience and take part in opportunities promoting participation in physical education and competitive sport. The coaches work alongside the teachers delivering quality PE through differentiation, assessment and focused skill development.
Future Stars lunchtime sports club.
Development of our sign-post initiative that supports children in finding access to local clubs and elite sport providers such as Rockhampton cricket club, Thornbury rugby club, Bristol Sport badminton and Bristol Flyers basketball.
We have links with local clubs and societies and ensure the continued promotion of activities and sports such as tag rugby, athletics, tennis, kwik cricket, swimming, football, netball.
Archery workshop to link in with a Tudor theme.
We work with local cluster schools for inter-school matches and competitions.