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Sports Premium Overview

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School


Sports Premium Funding


The Government has provided funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013-2016 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school receives £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year - here at St. Patrick’s that will mean approximately £10,300 per year.


Purpose of the funding

Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


Areas for development

During the academic year 2015-2016, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School plans to spend our funding on the following areas, in order of priority: 

Employment of experienced and qualified sports coaches

Children who attend clubs and those who are less active will benefit from professional coaches leading lessons and clubs for them. We will measure the impact of this from attendance at clubs and overall amount of time children spend being active.

Updating and expanding PE and sports equipment

After consultation with staff and children, we aim to buy new equipment that will continue to aid high quality teaching and support a more sustainable PE curriculum for the future. 

Assessing Pupil Progress

Teachers will be given the opportunity to assess the progress that individual children make when competing in any form of sporting activity, whether that be during curriculum time or as part of out of hours learning. Teachers will use assessments in the format of ‘B Squared’ which is an assessment scheme which is supported and ran throughout the whole school.

Continuous Professional Development opportunities for staff

Teachers and Teaching Assistants will be offered a vast array of CPD opportunities to expand their lesson repertoire and develop new ideas for their curriculum lessons. CPD opportunities are crucial in an Outstanding school that wishes to continue moving forwards and improving. Learning and teaching is monitored by the PE Subject Leader on a regular basis to celebrate our strengths and address any weaknesses. 

Specialist opportunities to inspire

We believe that children will lead healthy lives now, and in the future, if they are inspired and have a genuine understanding of the importance of eating healthily and staying active. We would like to provide the children with visitors and trips that will engage and motivate them to lead healthy lifestyles. 

Supporting talented athletes

We are fortunate to have pupils in our school who are on pathways to regional and national success in a variety of sports. At St. Patrick’s, we aim to support these athletes with their time, school-work and equipment/transport, which would not be possible without funding from the school. This support is essential as we are a GOLD mark school and has led to several pupils achieving further success.

Change for Life programme

In the new year, a programme for those who are less active, or not as involved as others in our sports provision will begin. During CfL sessions, we aim to teach the children that activity can be fun and inclusive. Our sports sessions will aim to improve their cardiovascular health and teach them about healthy living. Hopefully we can inspire them to find an activity they feel enthusiastic about and encourage them to become lifelong learners in healthy eating and movement. 


Additional information about how are we spending our money

At St. Patrick’s, we recognise the significant contribution of PE to the health and well-being of all children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children. Therefore, the money that we have received from the Government will be spent in the following ways for 2015-2016 Academic Year:

  • Membership to School Sport Partnership (SSP) with Christ the King Catholic High School and the local Catholic primary schools in our area.

  • Professional Ballet choreographer to teach Key Stage 1 pupils throughout the academic year whilst providing CPD opportunities for class teachers.

  • A range of highly qualified sports coaches including; Tennis, Hockey, Tag-Rugby and Football for children in Key Stage 2 whilst providing CPD opportunities for class teachers.

  • Developing community links with local sports clubs within our area including; North Meols Tennis Club, Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club, Southport Rugby Club, KGV College (Sports Department), Formby Hockey Club and Southport Swimming Association.

  • CPD opportunities for all members of staff in the form of courses and meetings.


    Sainsburys Sports Marks: 2013-2016

    St. Patrick’s has had its most successful year with regards to sport and pupil participation. As a direct result of the PE funding we were delighted to achieve our GOLD School Games Mark in June 2015 (previously being Silver in 2013-2014 and Bronze in 2012-2013). This is a fantastic achievement and reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by both pupils and staff. This was achieved by  children participating in a range of after school clubs and both inter and intra competitions.


    Pupil Participation Data

    GOLD Sainsburys Sports Mark: During the previous academic year, the level of pupil participation rose to 56% for pupils across Key Stages 1 and 2. When looking at the data, 96% of Year 6 pupils were given the opportunity to take part in an after school club or represent the school in both Levels 1 and 2 competitions which was a fantastic result for all children involved. With this high level of participants, it has encouraged us as a school to raise the bar even higher and aim for 65% pupil participation. We will be able to achieve this with the help of the Sports Premium Funding and the commitment and dedication of staff to support these sporting activities.


Silver Sainsburys Sports Mark: With the help of the Pupil Sports Premium, in 2013-2014 we excelled from the previous year (2012-2013) and the data equated to 149 children participating in an after school club which resulted in 56% Participants 44% Non- Participants. Within this data, 84 children participated in more than one after school club. This is a fantastic achievement and one that we are very proud of.


Bronze Sainsburys Sports Mark: In 2012-2013, 66 children participated in after school clubs which resulted in having 23% Participants and 77% Non- Participants. This resulted in St. Patrick’s achieving the Sainsbury’s Sports Mark Bronze award.

For more information about our achievements in sports and see what clubs and events are happening in our school, please visit our ‘Sports Page’ on our school website at

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