In 2013, each primary school in the UK started to receive a grant to improve facilities, opportunities, participation and the quality of physical education and sport offered to children.
In 2014-15 Holywell used this with great success, receiving their Silver Award. In 2015-16, with many of our initiatives becoming sustainable and an integral parts of our school life here, we are so proud to say that this has been recognised through receiving the Gold Award from Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. Read on for more information about future plans and recent success…
We now look forward to the next phase of improving physical education and active, healthy lifestyles.
In 2016/17 we aim to spend our sports funding (£9,755) in the following ways:
* A focus on our play times. The aim is that with more purposeful play equipment and additional lunchtime supervisor and play leader training, we will soon see a variety of sports being played at lunch times and morning break. One example is a class set of boxing gloves and pads.
* Continued membership of the ‘All Active Academy’. The All Active Academy consists of a community of schools in the Bromsgrove area. Subscription to this scheme entitles us to many things such as:
– Entry into local and national tournaments and competitions.
– Support with inclusion sports for children with special educational needs.
– Equipment hire for specialist sports such as indoor curling and archery.
– Provision and support of Pupil Premium and children with low self esteem.
– Free extra curricular ‘Change 4 Life’ clubs
– Maintenance and repair of sports equipment
– Specialist support and coaching for Holywell staff from sports coaches and experts.
– Fit4Schools programme – an online program to show the progression of every child in school.
– Release time for local high school teachers to run tournaments for our pyramid of primary schools (with the help of GCSE students)
– Continued links with outside clubs and agencies such as Worcestershire Cricket, Bromsgrove Tennis Club and Barnt Green Squash Club.
– Subsidised after school and morning clubs.
Here are just some of the success stories from previous years:
- A significant rise was seen in participation, with 416 extra curricular sports club places taken up by children in Key Stage 2 alone.
- In an average week, 39% of children in Key Stage 2 were engaged in some form of extracurricular sporting activity.
- Subscription to a School Sports Partnership, offering free after school clubs and curriculum-time coaching.
New sports equipment was purchased to enable extra opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports. This included a high jump and other athletics equipment.
- Because of this new equipment, Key Stage 2 are able to take part in a re-designed sports day, which features an Olympic-style format. There are now ‘school records’ on display for each sport, which the children will strive to emulate each year.
Children were given even more opportunities to take part in competitive sport. This included a Year 5 and 6 football league between Holywell, Lickey and Beaconside. There were also tournaments in rounders, basketball, netball and athletics.
- Within school, we have held ‘House’ tournaments in sports such as cricket, rounders and football.
- The Year 6 cricket team once again were able to enter the regional championships, having finished 5th in 2014.
More sports clubs were available after and before school. These included football, multiskills, squash, badminton, cricket, netball, tag rugby, dance, cross country, gymnastics, cheerleading and athletics. Many of these clubs were free of charge or at a reduced rate.
- Teaching staff were able to develop their own practice to ensure a higher standard of PE teaching.
- We have been able to bring in specialist coaches to teach sports such as squash and football .
- Worcestershire Warriors worked with staff to develop coaching of tag rugby.
- We now have strong links with local clubs in the community, such as Barnt Green Badminton and Squash Clubs, Worcester Warriors Rugby, Worcestershire County Cricket, and West Bromwich Albion.
- Sporting Start morning clubs have been operating daily from 8.30-8.45 across the whole school.
- Years 3,4 and 6 all took part in West Bromwich Albion Schools tournaments.
- The Play Leader scheme has continued to be a success, with year 6 children helping children of all ages get into sport at lunchtimes. This has been extended into Foundation Stage.
- We have improved links with Waseley Hills High School, often sharing sports facilities.
- Bikeability has again been a success in Years 4 and 6. We have seen a noticeable rise in the number of children cycling to and from school.
Please support the school by helping your child to attend as many clubs as possible. We may well be harbouring the next Mo Farah or Andy Murray: You never know unless you give it a go!
The school’s aim is to increase participation in sport, so that every child has a chance to access a quality curriculum and try a variety of different sports in order to reach their potential. We thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you at one of our sports days in the summer term!