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Sport at St Andrew's


Sport at St Andrew's School

We have specialist sports teaching at St Andrew's in the shape of Mrs Small. Mrs Small is committed to promoting PE in school and helping to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, as well as have a love for healthy and active lifestyles. 

St Andrew’s achieved the School Games Silver Mark award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport last year and then the Gold Mark award this year!  The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.  Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.  This is the fourth year that the school has received the School Games award.  Click here to access www.yourschoolgames.com

The school is also a member of the Birchwood Schools Partnership, who organise many sports events, competitions and training for member schools.

School Games Mark

We are delighted to announce that St Andrew's achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sport in 2018/19.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded again this year.


PE Curriculum

All the children have access to a wide variety of sports and physical activity throughout the year. They receive 2 hours of PE lessons each week, and are taught by Mrs Small and their class teacher.

Positive Playtimes

At St Andrew's we have recently launched a Positive Playground Programme, a national initiative aimed at helping to ensure that all our children get as much out of their playtimes as they can. All members of lunchtime staff have attended training and, through our Pupil Voice meetings, children have discussed different activities that they would like to play during lunchtime.

We have decided that the majority of our Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers will be used to purchase new playtime equipment, and parents and carers have also kindly donationed colouring books, board games and puzzles.

School Sports Organisation Crew

As part of our commitment to encouraging our children to take an active role in school sport and develop their leadership skills, a number of children in year 5 have applied to become members of the SSOC.  In fact, we had so many great applications that we decided to split the crew into two groups of eight.  One crew will work in the Autumn term, the second crew in the Spring term, and both crews in the Summer term.

The SSOC will help Mrs Small organise and deliver sporting activities in school and in the playground, making sure that activity and fun events are available for all our children. After successfully running our Sporty Kids Clubs for KS1 children the SSOC will be working every day in the Summer term on the field helping to organise activities for our younger children and keeing them active.

 All the children have received training and have their own special uniforms, so are easy to spot in the playground. Summer term is especially busy as we have our Sports Days coming up and the SSOC are a key part in making sure  the events run smoothy.

Extra-curricular Sports Clubs at St Andrew's

At St Andrew's we run a number of extra curricular clubs aimed at giving the children a broad range of activities and developing children's healthy lifestyle. We are lucky to have a number of parent volunteers to assist us with our clubs, allowing us to increase the number of participants. 

The Daily Mile

Our Daily Mile takes place at 8:30am every day.  Mrs Small meets the children on the school field they then run jog or walk for 15 minutes around the edge of school playing field going at their own pace.

The Daily Mile is very simple in its concept. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in school, has the opportunity to  go out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive and most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment.  

PE and Sport Grant Information

St Andrew’s CE Primary School

What is Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150million per annum for the academic years 2013-2020 to provide new substantial primary school sport funding.  This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see the money going directly to primary head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.  The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in school, but we have the freedom to choose how we do this.

Funding for schools is calculated by the number of primary aged pupils (from Years 1-6), as at the annual schools census in January 2018. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils receive a lump sum of £16,000, plus a premium of £10 per pupil.  St Andrew’s will receive £17,730 Sports Premium income for 2019/20.  Primarily we use our Sports Premium to employ Mrs Julie Small, a qualified primary teacher with a passion for PE, to deliver, lead and coordinate PE, sports and activity throughout the school.

Please see the document ‘Planned Expenditure of Sports Premium Funding 2019 2020’ for specific detail showing the activities and measures we will implement in order to make a sustainable impact on our pupils’ PE  and sporting participation and attainment.

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