Holywell Primary and Nursery School

 

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.

We are proud to say that last year we received the Bronze 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 2019/20 funding, as like the previous years, is £16,268 and will be spent 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.

* 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:

 

  • In an average week, a significant 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 two table tennis tables, a climbing wall in KS1 and new bikes for the Foundation Stage.  We also invested in new skipping ropes, egg and spoons, jumping sacks and three-legged bands.
  • Because of this new equipment, Key Stage 2 are able to take part in a re-designed traditional sports day. The increased participation – for every child in each event – was enjoyed by all (including the parents/carers who came to watch).
  • 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.
  • More sports clubs were available after and before school.  These included football, multiskills, badminton, cricket, netball, hockey, tag rugby, dance, gymnastics, circuits 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 hockey, cricket, skipping, badminton and football.
  • Bromsgrove Hockey club, Bromsgrove Badminton Club and Jump Rope UK Skipping Club worked with staff to improve teaching skills in these areas.
  • The Play Leader scheme has continued to be a success, with year 5 and 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.
  • A significant amount of money was spent on new – and exciting – play equipment for both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds.

 

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!