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Sports Premium Funding

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School 2020/21


As part of the Olympic legacy schools have received an additional £8,000 [plus £5 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 2021/22.

The funding for this year has been doubled by the Government to tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity and inactivity.

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 a daily fun run.


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, an HLTA and 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 Gold 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 2019-2020 St Joseph’s retained the Gold Mark for the fourth year 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 2020/21


The 2020/21 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.
  • Purchasing outdoor equipment for KS1 children to ensure they are active during the day.
  • 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 are planning to use the assessment programme next year to monitor the progress of pupils in years1-6.

Due to Covid restrictions, no inter sport competitions and festivals took place. However St. Joseph’s did complete the intra sport competitions (House Matches), held a School Sports Week in June and provided children in years 5&6 extra sporting activities.

  • 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 September Mr. Rickard and our School Games Organiser Dan Moody trained 10 year 5 pupils to be Bronze Ambassadors. They will join the year 6 pupils as St. Joseph’s Sports Leaders.


YST Athlete Mentor visit

In April we were visited by Aaron Phipps who is a Paralympic athlete who plays wheelchair rugby for Team GB. Aaron lost his lower legs and some of his fingers when he contracted leukaemia at the age of 15. He delivered workshops to years 4,5&6 and told us of his amazing journey to 2012 Games in London and how he missed the 2016 Games as he successfully became the first disabled person in the world to climb Mount Kiliminjaro unaided. What an inspirational story for our children to hear!

N.B. Since visiting us, Aaron competed in the Tokyo Games and won the gold medal for Team GB in wheelchair rugby. We are hoping for a return visit!

Year 6 Outdoor Activity Days

As there were no residential’s this year due to Covid restrictions, we took year6 on two Outdoor Activity Days.

The first was held at Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre where they participated in mountain biking and kayaking. The second was held at Shoresports at Mudeford where they took part in paddleboarding and raft building.

St. Joseph’s Sports Week

In June we held a sports week in line with National School Sports Week. On Monday we were visited by David Hill a former Paralympic swimmer and triathlete who opened the week with a fitness programme for all pupils.

On Wednesday we had a visit from Emma a children’s yoga coach. On Thursday we held our annual Sports Day. KS1 was won by St. Marks and KS2 was won by St. Matthews. On Friday were visited by our SGO, Dan Moody who delivered a problem solving challenge for year 5&6, a catching challenge for years 3&4 and a multi skills challenge for KS1.

During the week the children also took part in cricket, multi sports, golf, Kubb, kurling and skipping competitions and a virtual dance session.

Year 5 Outdoor Activity Day

In July we took the Year 5 children to Moors Valley for the day where they took part in mountain biking and orienteering.


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:

Football:        St. Marks 2 St. Lukes 6

Tri-Golf:         St. Matthews Yr 4    675pts

                       St. Marks Yr 4          615pts

                       St. Johns Yr 4          540pts

                       St. Matthews Yr 3    405pts

Rounders:     St. Marks 4.5

                       St. Lukes 5.5

Handball:       St. Marks 8 St Lukes 7

Tag rugby:     St. Lukes 17 

                       St. Johns/Matthews 12

Tennis:           St.Matthews      83pts

                       St.Marks            85pts

Netball:          St. Marks 2 

                       St.Lukes 3

After School Clubs

Atorro Sports run an after school handball club for KS2 children on Thursdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

Atorro Sports run an after school netball club for KS2 children on Tuesdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

Christchurch Rugby Club run an after school rugby club for KS2 children on Tuesdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

New Forest Football Academy run an after school football club for Years 1-4 on Thursdays during term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.


Also on offer after school is: 

Football for years 5 and 6 on Mondays prior to tournaments 3.15pm to 4.30pm

Karate, from 3:15pm on Wednesdays – open to all year groups.

There are also good cross-phase links with The Grange School and St. Peter’s School, with regular liaison between the respective subject leaders.

The school is pleased with the enthusiastic pupil response to extra-curricular sports activities and will continue to seek opportunities to extend and improve what we have to offer.


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