Sports Premium 2014-15
Use and Impact of Sports Premium Funding
The government provides finance to enhance the sporting opportunities offered to children.
We use part of our money to subscribe to the Plymouth School Sports Partnership. This organisation organises inter school sporting events; it offers coaching in schools and it provides professional development opportunities to staff.
Our grant for 2014-15 was £8,865. We allocated that money to the following resources:
School Sports Partnership Subscription £3,500
TGS PE coaching £4000
Staff release for training / attending events £600
Equipment / playing kit £ 765
In 2014 we won the Catholic Schools Tag Rugby Tournament which enabled our children to play at Plymouth Albion's ground at half time of a Greene King Championship match.
We also managed to send a team to the cross country championships despite it being held on a day when the school was closed to pupils for teacher training.
Children in years 5 & 6 enjoyed a wet week of cycling to gain their ‘Bikeability’ qualifications in October.
Our indoor athletics team came away with bronze medals from the Catholic Schools Tournament held in November.
In December we had our first taste of Boccia. In this event only children who do not normally represent the school in sporting events were selected. These children enjoyed the event so much they persuaded the organisers to allow us to borrow a set to teach other children how to play this Paralympic Sport.
In January we took part in the Plymouth Schools Netball Competition. We won one, lost one and drew three of our games.
In January we extended the extra curricular opportunities open to our children by introducing a table tennis club for older children along with a dance club and a multi skills Change 4 Life club aimed at younger children in Key Stage 1.
In March the multi skills children from Year 2 all took part in a competition at Notre Dame School. We entered three teams in the competition and came first, second and fourth out of the eleven teams that entered. We also arranged the Catholic Schools 6-a-side football tournament which we won for the first time in six years. Our Inter house football competition involved all of the children in the school who wanted to play (about 80% of children). Our older children won the Catholic Schools 6-a-side football competition held at GOALS soccer centre.
In April our year 3 & 4 children competed in the local schools football competition narrowly missing out on reaching the final.
In the Tag Rugby competition, in May, we qualified for the cup competition for the top 8 schools in the city losing narrowly in the quarter final.
Towards the end of the year we enjoyed success at the Brickfields Athletics Championships. Three of our relay teams qualified for the finals. For the third year in succession we won the field events trophy. Every child in the school took part in the CAFOD Run for Women event which involved running up to 5,000m around Brickfields Athletics Track.
Children who did not attain the National Curriculum swimming standard when they first attended lessons were given an extra week of top up lessons in the summer term.
Perhaps the highlight of the year was when the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour reached Plymouth. We competed at a festival with the trophy sitting at the side of the pitch. In the festival we played against three other schools and we won all three games. Unfortunately they did not let us collect the Webb Ellis cup as our prize !
Ofsted in September 2013 identified sport provision as a strength of the school 'Pupils have good opportunities to take part in sport within the curriculum and in extra curricular activities. This makes a good contribution to their physical well-being.
It also noted that ' The new primary school sport funding is being very effectively used to enhance the quality of teaching in physical education (PE). PE teaching provided by a qualified sports coach ensures that pupils have PE sessions that contribute very well to their physical well-being. The high quality of this work is most clearly demonstrated by the vast array of trophies in the entrance hall, won by a large proportion of pupils in the school.
In the remainder of the 2013-14 year the trophy cabinet was further enhanced by winning the fastest relay trophy at the Plymouth Schools Athletics Championships and winning the boys field event trophy at the same competition. We also won the local schools hockey tournament. We reached the quarter finals of the Plymouth and West Devon Tag Rugby tournament and also the latter stages of the Plymouth 5-a-side football competition. Our Foundation Stage children took part in 'Football World Cup' competition but narrowly missed out on defending the World Cup that we had won four years previously.
One of the highlights of the year was when three Plymouth Argyle players joined us for our Inter-house football competition. Instead of just watching they joined in and so about forty children were able to go home saying that they had played football with professional players.