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Four Marks CE Primary School


What is the Sports Funding?  The National Picture

Sports Funding was introduced by the Government in September 2013.  It was designed to give additional money to support schools in developing Physical Education in Schools and build an ‘Olympic Legacy’.


Where does the money come from?

Sports Funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children on roll (Years 1-6) plus an additional flat rate. Initially it was anticipated that schools would receive this funding for two academic years  (13/14 and 14/15), but this has been extended, although there is currently no firm indication of how long the funding will continue. The funding allocation goes across the financial year. (April to April).

The level of the Sports Funding in the financial year 13/14 was £5,948.

In 14/15 the funding allocation for the school was £9,170.

In 15/16 the funding allocation for the school was £8,900.

In 16/17 the funding allocation for the school was £9,255

In 2017 the Government decided to increase the amount of Sports Funding for schools, although this may not continue in the long term. The allocation since 17/18 for the school has been approximately £18,630.


Physical Education at Four Marks CofE Primary School

Four Marks C.E Primary School’s Mission Statement is ‘Preparing for Life’. We feel that Physical Education plays an important role in helping us to fulfil this statement, enabling children to live and active and healthy lifestyle, and live out the 2012 Olympic values. We have worked hard to develop our Physical Education through curriculum time and extra-curricular activities. We want ALL pupils leaving our school school to have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport .


How is the Sports Funding used to support Physical Education at Four Marks?

We have used our Sports Funding to:

  • Provide children with PE instruction and coaching from experts
  • Develop staff expertise in teaching the PE curriculum
  • Improve opportunities for children to lead sport and active games.
  • Increase participation in a broader range of extra-curricular sporting clubs
  • Increase participation in competitive sport
  • Increase the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles


Our PE curriculum

A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, which aims to engage and inspire all pupils

Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day, and as extra-curricular clubs. Opportunities include Gymnastics, netball, hockey, judo, dance, cricket and football.

In addition, funds are used to employ Sports Coaches and this expertise is used across the school to teach pupils from Year R – Year 6 in PE activities ranging from basketball to multi-skills.

This year, Sports Coaches are also working alongside our Lunchtime Staff to deliver a Sports Leadership programme. Year 5 pupils, and our Sports Captains,  use this to teach, plan and assess playground games and sporting activities. This is an engaging project for all pupils, and aims to ensure that pupils access a wide range of sporting activities during lunchtimes and breaktimes.

We have developed Assessment pro-forma for all aspects of PE. These are easy to complete documents which allow to easy assessment of pupils and note next steps.

We are keen to develop our staff at Four Marks CofE Primary. Staff work periodically alongside Sports coaches to develop expertise in different aspects of the PE curriculum.

As well as regular PE lessons, we also provide team competitions both in-house and inter-school.

The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. As a result of the funding, teaching staff have been able to spend more time and resources organising extra-curricular sporting clubs and participating in regular competitions. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers, volunteers and coaches and have the chance to try new sports such as Netball, ‘Strictly’ Dancing, Street Dance, Tennis, Football, Multi-skills, Badminton, Cricket, Rounders, and Athletics. We monitor participation and check uptake against gender, SEN and free school meals. We also enter a wide range of competitions (e.g. Girls  and Boys Football Tournament; Dance Festival; Area Sports; Girls and Boys Cricket, Girls and Boys Netball). We have seen significant success in these competitions, and are very proud of the children's team spirit. We were very proud that in 2017, our Girls Cricket Team were nominated for Hampshire Youth Team of the year, winning this prestigious award. We have also been awarded the School Games Gold Award for the past two years.

The swimming programme that we offer pupils allows pupils to spend more time in the water over a more prolonged period of time than most schools nationally. We offer 22 swimming lessons to our Key Stage 2 pupils, over a 2 year swimming programme (above the national average number of swimming lessons (18) being offered to pupils*. The % of our pupils being able to swim at least 25 metres (the National Curriculum expectation), use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue is also well above the national average- 89% of our Y5 pupils in 2017 following our 2 year swimming programme were able to swim 25+ metres, in comparison to 55%* of pupils nationally. We also have a high number of our Y5 pupils who can swim confidently beyond this expectation, with 39% being able to swim 50+ metres confidently. Following this, pupils in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in an annual swimming competition against other local schools.

*findings in the National Swimming Census 2014


Partnership Work

Our school is part of the 7AS (Seven Alresford Schools) Cluster, a group of six primary schools and one secondary Sports Academy, who work together  to plan competitions for the children and share good practice. We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in Inter-School competitions, and use the wider range of resources which the Secondary Specialist Sports Academy is  are able to offer. There are a wide range of competitions which allow all children to compete.  In the Cluster we share documents we have produced; for example, a session was spent looking at how pupils are assessed, and successful pro-forma.

The time to organise and participate in competitions and sporting events, or run regular extra-curricular clubs impacted on staff time and consequently funding. Using sports coaches to help with the delivery of our PE curriculum has enabled specific teachers to focus on extra-curricular aspects to give children greater breadth of experience and opportunity.


Future Aspirations

We are currently looking at ways of improving and encouraging healthy habits and lifestyles in all of our children. The Golden Mile is a programme that we are currently engaging with that encourages children to increase their levels of activity by taking on different 'walking' challenges (e.g. Walking to Lapland) through the year.  We also have the opportunity, with the future expansion of our school, to develop our grounds to facilitate healthy lifestyles further. Consequently, some of the additional Sports Funding announced this year (2017/18) is being earmarked to further develop sporting facilities at our school in the coming 2 years. (e.g. development of a 'trim-trail' around our grounds, development of an all-weather pitch). Not all of this is achievable within this level of funding, but this is the aspiration for the future for our school, and wider community.

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