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Sports Premium Funding

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School 2022/23


As part of the Olympic legacy schools have received an additional £16,000 [plus £10 per pupil between the ages of 5-11 years old] to improve the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding is continuing for 2023/24 and 2024/25.

This funding (provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport) is ring-fenced in school budgets and provided to improve our provision of physical education (PE) and sport. Schools must ensure that the premium is spent in such a way that the impact leaves a legacy. Therefore we are focusing on coaching staff to improve teaching in the long term at the same time as enhancing sporting opportunities for our children. We are also focusing on providing all pupils with at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day through active playtimes, active lessons and active lunchtimes.


At St. Joseph’s we continue to be a member of the Christchurch School Sports Partnership, led by Dan Moody at the Grange School. This contract provides regular opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports locally. Through this initiative we believe that the health and well-being of our pupils will be enhanced.


Nathan Rickard, our PE Co-ordinator, organises teams to take part in sports competitions and ensures that equipment is in good order. He also organises both intra and inter-sport competitions in support of our Schoolgames Platinum Mark as well as supporting all our PE lessons.


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.

During 2022-2023 St Joseph’s retained the Gold Mark for the fifth year which means that we have now been awarded the Platinum Mark as a result of our increased participation in competitive school sports in both intra and inter-sporting events. These are the House Competitions which St Joseph’s organise and the Christchurch Schools Partnership Competitions.  


Sport Premium Funding for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School 2021/22



The 2022/23 funding is being used as follows, much of it continuing from the previous year:-


  • Specialist support in planning the new curriculum from Complete PE.
  • E-training for all teachers and T.A.s who are involved in sport.
  • Improve the sport equipment and resources as advised by the PE Coordinator.
  • PE Coordinator gives advice and coaching of lunchtime supervisory assistants to organise small sided games and ensure active playtimes.
  • Staffing and transport costs for inter-schools sports events and competitions.
  • Focus on the gifted and able children, recognising achievement outside of school.
  • Providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
  • Increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions.
  • Using the existing house system to enable regular, inter-house sports competitions during sports lessons.
  • Increased opportunities for SEND and less able pupils (Dare to Believe Festivals).

This year we have continued to use Complete PE as our PE curriculum resource and continue to use the assessment programme next year to monitor the progress of pupils in years1-6.


  • Pupils are benefiting from specialist teaching during lessons.
  • Specialist coaching is enhancing the P.E. curriculum and improving staff confidence and expertise in teaching sport specific skills.
  • Improved opportunities for participation in a wider range of sports.
  • Improved opportunities for participation in inter-school competitive sports.
  • Newly appointed sports leaders from Year 5&6 will represent pupil voice in matters of sport.
  • Newly allocated notice board in prominent position to celebrate sporting achievements within and outside school.
  • Planned coaching at lunchtimes will enhance playtimes through organised sports led by trained lunchtime supervisors.
  • Termly meetings for PE co-ordinators through Christchurch School Sports Partnership.

Bronze Ambassadors

In October, 10 year 5 pupils attended the Christchurch Leadership Academy to be trained as Bronze Ambassadors. They will join the year 6 pupils as St. Joseph’s Sports Leaders.


Yr2 Dare to Believe Festival October 2022



Yr3/4 Outdoor Activities Day, Moors Valley. November 2022

Yr4 Handball Tournament. November 2022

Yr5/6 Handball Tournament. December 2022

Yr5/6 Dare to Believe Festival. January 2023

Yr5/6 Outdoor Activities Day, Moors Valley - March 2023

Yr5/6 Fair Play Tag Rugby Festival - June 2023

Sports Week  

During the week of Monday 26th- Thursday 29th June we held our very successful Sports Week. On Monday we welcomed Dan Moody  who, along with Mr. Rickard, delivered Kin-Ball to KS2 children in the morning and a multi-skills session to KS1 pupils in the afternoon. On Tuesday we welcomed Darren Hill from Fitfence who delivered fencing sessions to all the children. On Wednesday we held our KS1 and KS2 Sports Day. St. Marks won KS1 and St. Matthews won KS2.  

On Thursday we took the whole school to Moors Valley Country Park for an outdoor activities day which included orienteering, problem solving, pond dipping and a trip on the miniature railway for yrsR-3. The children and the staff had a fantastic day.


Christchurch Sports Awards - July 2023

At the beginning of July, students from schools around the area came together to celebrate their achievements in sport at the Christchurch Sports Awards, held at The Grange. We are delighted that six of our Year 6 pupils were nominated for an award thanks to their sporting achievements and leadership. They were excited to receive their awards at the prestigious event, meeting Gold medal winning paralympic champion, Aaron Phipps. Well done to our Year 6 award winners!

Schoolgames Finals Day

In July we held our annual Schoolgames Finals Day which is the culmination of our intra sport programme (House Matches).


The results are as follows:

Yr3 Quidditch: St. Matthews 140 St. Johns 20

Yr4 Quidditch: St. Matthews 140 St. Johns 110

Yr5 Quidditch: St. Matthews 70 St. Lukes 110

Yr6 Quidditch: St. Matthews 20 St. Marks 110

Yr5/6 Handball: St.Matthews 7 St. Marks 8

Yr5/6 Tag Rugby: St. Marks 9 St. Johns 8

Yr5/6 Football: St. Marks 1 St. Matthews 0

Please click here to be redirected to the DfE website which gives you further information on School Sports Funding.