St Mark's C.E. Primary School

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

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 received £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. Spending was continued under the Conservative government and has been doubled for 2017-18 (see below).


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 pupils, increase 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.


We have our own swimming pool and all of our children swim from Reception. We are pleased to share the following whole school attainment (Y1+) of the children who currently (Jan 2018) meet the expected standard for being able to swim 25m (this is the National expectation upon leaving Y6):


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
25 out of 60 51 out of 60 50 out of 58 57 out of 60 58 out of 60 57 out of 58


This year schools have been given an extra allocation on money to be spent on improving the quality and delivery of sport in primary education. The funding is known as the primary physical education and sport premium. Schools must spend the funding on PE and sport activities they off pupils as well as aimed at leading a healthier lifestyle.



In 2017-18 we expect to receive £19,580 to be spent specifically on PE and sport. This has been doubled from our allocation the previous year (initial £16000 plus £10 per pupil [358]). In addition, we have a carry-forward from last year’s funding of £1485.01.

At St. Mark’s we have always invested well in sport and this extra funding gives the school an opportunity to further develop the skills and participation of not only children but to better develop the delivery of sport by staff.

Current uses of our premium money include:

  • Children given the opportunity to participate in at least 2 hours timetabled PE each week
  • Specialized sport and gymnastics coaches (3 days per week) (£8,125)
  • Releasing staff to attend CPD courses and conferences (budget: £2905.01)
  • Improving school equipment (approx. £200)
  • Supporting children to participate and represent the school in competitions
  • Develop the schools membership to local and national sporting bodies i.e. Youth Sports Trust, Dorset School Games etc.


As a result of a positive and encouraging PE ethos within the school it has allowed children to represent the school in a huge range of sports, not only within Bournemouth but also at county level. Children that have experienced a new sport or thrived in sport in school have gone on to join clubs outside of school to pursue their interest and enhance their skills.


With the extra funding the school has now been given, there is increased opportunity to further develop our PE and sport across the year groups. As well as continuing to utilize specialized sports coaches, we are planning to use the extra funding in a number of different ways to help raise the standard of sport within the school. These include:

  • A new PE scheme of planning and assessment ranging from Reception to Year 6 (£1400)
  • Starting a Change for Life club aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and engaging every child with sport and exercise (£500)
  • Building links with Bournemouth University sports department to utilize their resources, knowledge and expertise (£500)
  • Further training for staff to improve the teaching of PE across the school (£500)
  • Full First Aid training for PE staff to allow more children to participate in competitive sport. (£800)
  • Funding for extra sports activities for children where appropriate (£415)
  • Improvements to school equipment, including installing equipment to help with the daily mile run. (£1000)
  • Developing young sports leaders (Bronze ambassadors) to help with the delivery of PE and run lunchtime clubs for other children. (£300)
  • PE staff release for fixtures, planning and monitoring and supporting staff throughout the school I delivering PE. (£800)
  • Inviting new coaches and sports into school to inspire a wider range of children to participate in sport (£720)
  • Making better use of local facilities (e.g. Bournemouth velodrome and Bournemouth University). (£800)
  • Increasing pupil participation in competitive sport (transport, staff cover and any extra costs). (£500)
  • Booster swimming lessons to ensure all pupils are confident swimmers upon leaving school (£500)
  • Activities to promote active lifestyle, safety and new opportunities (£600)
  • Improving outdoor playground environment e.g. netting and markings. (£500)

This is a really exciting time for PE and sport within schools and a fantastic opportunity to improve the fitness of children and get them engaged with sport as well as continuing to promote 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).


One of the main objectives of investing this money in to primary sport and PE is to make it sustainable in schools and give us the opportunity to continue supporting children to meet good levels of fitness and increase their enjoyment and participation of sports. 

By investing in coaches to work alongside teachers it allows staff to increase their skill-sets and their CPD and become better educators of physical activity. This means PE lessons are better focussed and staff have the confidence and skills to start extra-curricular activities. One focus area is to create a Change for Life club with the aim of promoting healthier lifestyles and increased physical activity to all our children and educating them in how to look after themselves and those around them. 

We will continue to support children with their swimming in order to meet the required targets of those able to swim a specific distance by the time they finish Year 6. Investing in better equipment and participation of sport allows us to capture a wider audience and to give children who don’t get to participate in sport outside of school an opportunity to experience new activities. 

Working alongside Bournemouth University means we can build up partnerships with local organisations and explore the benefits of a mutually beneficial relationship and use the expertise and facilities of our local neighbours.

Previous allocations and spending



For the year 2016/17, at the January census, St. Mark’s Primary School had 358 eligible pupils on roll (Y1-6), meaning a Sport Premium budget available of £9,790. This was ring fenced for the development of sport and healthy lifestyle choices.


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 2016/17:

£5319.99     = Specialist sports coaching – Football/multi-sports

£2625.00     = Specialist sports coaching – Gymnastics

£360           = Additional coaching provision – Golf Y4

£8304.99     = Total


£1485.01     = Carry-forward to 2017/18


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.
  • Commitment that children take part in a daily walk/run a mile/15min event
  • 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


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 5/1/18


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.