In April 2013, the Department of Education announced new funding of £150 million to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programmes offered by primary schools. From September 2013, schools have been held to account for how they spend this additional ring-fenced funding and will therefore be required to share details of their PE and Sport provision.
St James' Junior School is already fortunate to have a PE leader who has successfully driven PE and Sport across the school for the last few years. Since September we have continued our involvement in a large variety of Inter School competitions covering a range of sports across Key Stage 2. Our achievements from these events have been reported on our school newsletter. We currently offer sports clubs after school four times a week, as well as various lunchtime clubs.
For the academic year 2017 - 2018 the school has received £19600 across two instalments. The school also uses additional funds from the school budget.
At St James' so far this year, we have used our PE & Sport Premium to improve the quality of this provision in the following ways:
£6300 - Membership fees to Sprint PE and Sport. This gives the school professional development for staff in teaching a range of sports, games and physical activities across the curriculum. It also provides an after school club one night a week, training for Year 6 Sports Leaders, health and wellbeing programmes and gives the school access to a variety of local competitions.
£1388 - Offering an after school football club to all children in Years 5 and 6 led by qualified coaches and a lunchtime football club for girls - again led by qualified coaches.
£155 - Swimming CPD for teachers.
The remaining budget is to be used to continue to provide after school clubs and other extra-curricular activities, further CPD opportunities and update equipment.
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal school self- evaluation. Our hopes are to achieve the following:
Through these outcomes, our aim is to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and exercise.
In 2017 - 2018 the impact to date of the spending has been as follows:
The school competes against other schools in Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Tri-golf, Hockey, Squash, Handball, Tennis, Cross-Country, Swimming, Dance, Gymnastics & Athletics.
St James' are the district champions in basketball, competing in the county finals and finishing 2nd in Kent. The school has won both the A and B netball leagues in the area and won the district area competition and will be competing in the county finals. St James' participated in the Tunbridge Wells football tournament and our football teams are doing well in the A, B and Girls leagues. Our hockey teams reached the quarter-finals of their respective tournaments. The school swimming team won the district gala in early 2018 with one of our divers also winning her competition. The Year 5 and 6 indoor athletics team finished third in the recent competition involving 13 schools in the local area. The Year 3/4 squash team finished 2nd in their recent event. All year groups have competed well in the cross country events this year.
The school has exceptionally high participation in our after school clubs. Each term we have offered a different sport to different year groups in our after-school club with Sprint. Our sports leaders run a variety of activities during the year during lunchtimes which encourage participation for all members of the school.
In swimming, 85% of the Year 6 cohort can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They can use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe-self rescue in different water based situation.
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