PE & School Sports Grant

Participation in an Orienteering Festival

Outdoor Education: Rock Climbing

The purpose of the ‘Sports Premium’ is to provide schools with additional money to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport. Schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this.

At Christ Church we are committed to ensuring our children understand the importance of being active, having a healthy lifestyle and enjoy sports and games activities. We place the highest importance on personal health and recognise the significant contribution PE makes to it.  In 2017-18 and 2018-19 one of the Key Priorities on our School Development plan is centred on improving fitness and participation in sports.

Our curriculum ‘drivers‘: ‘Happiness and Well-being’ and ‘Outdoor Education’, and our ‘Active Kids’ Council and ‘Happiness and Well-being Council support our planning and delivery of an innovative and varied PE curriculum. We believe that the breadth of our PE and school sports curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities provides opportunities for engagement and enjoyment which in turn have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of our children.

We are a ‘Primary Stars’ school, partnering with Shrewsbury Town Football Club to use sport to improve standards across the curriculum.  This partnership means that alongside specialist sports coaching, teaching staff also receive high quality training enabling them to deliver high quality PE.  Our July 2017 Ofsted report commented particularly on the success of this partnership.

For information on our spending of the PESS Grant and its impact in 2016-17, click here Sports Premium Spending 2016-17.

Our plan and spending for the 2017-18 academic year can be seen here Sports Premium Overview 2017-18 and 2018-19 plans and includes information on plans for spending in the current school year 2018-19

The importance of extra-curricular sport was highlighted as a priority by parents on our Parental Survey 2017 and we know this is an area we can develop further.  We ensure high quality PE provision by investing both in teachers’ subject development and in the provision of specialist coaches.

All children swim for a term every year in KS2 (four years of swimming provision) and in 2017/18 69% (9 out of our 13) Year 6 children could swim 25 metres confidently.

The impact of participation in wider sporting opportunities cannot be underestimated.  As well as the pride, confidence, self-esteem and skills which grow by taking part, there are also social skills such as getting on with others from a different school, meeting new people, being confident in a new environment and listening to instructions from different adults.  As a small school, a significant amount of our grant goes into being part of a wider School Partnership so that our children can all participate in these opportunities.  We may be a small school but through the partnership our children have access to a wide range of sports and competitions.