St Mark's C.E. Primary School

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Sports & the Sports Premium

We are proud to work with the local Sainsbury's School Games initiative. In October 2016 we were delighted to have our affiliation upgraded to 'Silver' and are looking forward to continuing to develop our partnership to 'Gold' standard. We are looking forward to participating in other School Games activities this year.

Sport Premium Spending at St Mark’s C.E. Primary School


UPDATE: 19/9/17 - We are currently developing our new action plan for Sport Premium spending (and review of last year), following the announcement that the grant will be doubled this year to £16000 plus £10 per pupil. Please check back soon for updates.


UPDATE: 1/11/17 - The PE team have sought the views of staff regarding training needs and opportunities for children (30/10/17) and are finalising the overview plan for PE and the Sports Premium. This page will be fully updated with the publication of the plan.


In April 2013, the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced new funding to support the delivery of PE and school sport. Funding is allocated to all state-maintained secondary, primary, middle and special schools (including non-maintained special schools) and academies. Each school will receive £8000 plus an extra £5 per pupil. The Government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in the primary schools over 3 academic years: 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. An election pledge of the Conservatives was to continue this funding until 2020, if re-elected (see BBC news report). The money will be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all of their children.


For the year 2016/17, at the Autumn census, St. Mark’s Primary School had 418 pupils on roll, meaning a Sport Premium budget available of £10,090. This was been ring fenced for the development of sport and healthy lifestyle choices.


At St Mark's Primary School we are committed to supporting all children to achieve and thrive through the development of a healthy and active lifestyle. We offer a variety of opportunities which will promote a life-long understanding of how to stay healthy - in an enjoyable way! We want to offer experiences which will encourage sportsmanship, team work, challenge, knowledge and perseverance, as well as introducing new sports skills or coaching which will improve existing skills. We hope to widen the possibilities for children and staff to undertake quality teaching and learning with regards sport, physical activity and personal health. We provide an inclusive and progressive PE curriculum throughout the school and offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities for children across the school.


The main use of our funding has been to continue to provide our children and staff the opportunity to work with our two specialist coaches to help teach and develop new skills within the children in all year groups. The activities include clubs, activities and lessons. Our staff work alongside our coaches in order to help with professional development and improve confidence in teaching PE.


Our specialist gymnastics teacher brings a wealth of experience and skills to encourage the children to not only develop their sporting skills but raise their confidence as a result.

We use a qualified sports coach to develop a wide range of skills across a broad variety of sports.

Each child has a minimum of one term’s teaching time taught by one of these coaches.


We support regular sports tournaments, festivals and competitions for pupils of all ages and arrange sporting activities and opportunities among our Bournemouth Septenary Trust affiliated schools.

We have used our funding to also purchase new equipment which children have access to for both teaching time and playtimes to encourage active play. All children have access to sporting equipment during free time, particularly during our weekly rights time when children have an opportunity to use equipment purchased through our funding.


A breakdown of spending for 2015/16:

£8,135             Specialist sports coaching                  

£720                Additional coaching provision

£676                Facilitating access to sporting events/activities

£559                Provision of additional equipment

£78                  Supporting pupil access to training

£10,090           Total


The impact of the Sport Premium:

  • Increased knowledge and skill base for Teachers and TA’s across the school thus promoting an improved quality and consistency of PE teaching across the school – reflecting an inclusive approach to sport and PE.
  • Lesson planning will be more effective and show a deeper understanding and variety of activity and skill base.
  • More children taking part in extra-curricular activities
  • More children taking part in intra- and inter-school competitions
  • Children develop a higher level of competence and ability to challenge themselves in a variety of activities
  • Children more aware of how to keep themselves healthy and show increased independence and responsibility to promote this
  • More children participating and enjoying physical activities.
  • Increased participation and success in competitions.
  • Strong partnerships with other schools and the local area / facilities
  • Positive links across the curriculum with regards SMSC learning


Sports Premium Funding 2016/17

For the year 2015/16, at the Autumn census, St. Mark’s Primary School had 419 pupils on roll, meaning a Sport Premium budget available of £10,095. This has been ring fenced for the development of sport and healthy lifestyle choices. This funding will not be used for any other purpose.

Expenditure already committed for coaching in 2016/17: £4,170


St Mark's will spend Sports Premium Funding in the following ways:

  • Employing specialist sports coaches/teachers to work with all children across the school to ensure a high level of input is available.
  • Providing professional, specialist sports coaches /teachers to work with all staff across the school to peer coach or model effective techniques so that the quality of sports teaching is secure.
  • Increase the range of curricular, lunch time and extra-curricular activities offered across the school
  • Increase the opportunities for intra and inter school competitions.
  • Increase the number of competitions entered within the local area and become involved in local initiatives which enhance a healthy life style.
  • Increase the use of specialist provision and sports facilities within the local area
  • Time devoted to the improvement of PE planning across the school – including the monitoring of its effectiveness.
  • More children moving towards a ‘Changer For Life’ attitude to sport and keeping healthy
  • Identify ‘Sports Ambassadors’ as children who are effective role models across the school – children who show determination, resilience, perseverance and strong team spirit.
  • Encourage children to become ‘Sports Leaders’ through training and support from specialist coaches and school staff to design and run their own clubs for younger children in the school
  • Utilise in school specialism through peer coaching , lesson modelling and observation
  • Sharing expertise with other schools
  • Promote sport and healthy lifestyles throughout the school in cross curricular areas
  • Recognise and reward participation and success
  • Increase the sports resources / equipment in school
  • Continue to develop a highly inclusive approach to sport by widening the competitions offered and equipment available. 
  • Funding sports activities for children when appropriate
  • Offer PE specialist support for NQT and ITT development
  • Develop the schools membership to local and national sporting bodies ie Youth Sports Trust, Dorset School Games etc.


British Values in Physical Education:

Promotion of the concept of ‘fair play’ (mutual respect) following and developing rules, (the rule of law) inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others (tolerance).

Page last updated: 19/09/17