The Sports Premium was introduced in September 2013 and is allocated to primary schools to improve their PE and sport provision. It consists of a lump sum, with an additional £5 per pupil. This is clearly identifiable in the school budget and schools may choose how the money is spent, within DFE guidelines.
At Forest of Galtres we are committed to encouraging our children to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, and to ensure our provision is inclusive and accessible for all. We provide a wide range of activities across the wider school curriculum in order to:
We use some of the funding to engage with external partners: in September 2018 we joined the York School Sports Network to develop opportunities for participation and competition at all levels as well as to provide development for staff in school. We also work with the sports coach employed through the Easingwold Cluster schools. Through these links we can access a range of activities and opportunities to further enhance sporting capacity within our school, such as:
During 2018-19 we will continue to prioritise access to opportunities for all children due to our rural location and limited transport links in the local area. In the future we would like to develop the court area into a Multi-Use Games Area with upgraded facilities for long-term benefit to the school. The funding also enables us to replace and upgrade our eqipment and resources in school. It also allows us to support families with the costs of residential visits, by subsidising transport costs so that all children can take part in off-site outdoor and adventurous opportunities.
Since the introduction of the PE and Sport Premium funding we have had 100% participation in our PE activities, including all children being able to swim at least 25 metres by the end of KS2. We have also had successful individual performances, with children reaching finals in cross country and tag rugby.
In 2015 we gained awarded the Bronze School Games Mark, followed by the Silver School Games Mark in 2016.