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St Mary’s C of E Primary School

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PE and Sport Premium

The 2020-2021 academic year

St Mary's has achieved the SILVER AWARD for school games.  Well done to all that took part in achieving this award.

Effective use of the Primary PE and Sports Premium


Person responsible for monitoring: Mrs Katy Ratcliffe & Mr Andrew Frolish 


We aim to improve the quality and breadth of PE and Sports provision within our school. Children are encouraged to participate in PE and sport and they demonstrate increasing enjoyment and enthusiasm. Children's achievements and sporting attitudes are valued and rewarded regularly, inspiring greater participation in sport both in and outside school. We aim to inspire pupils to develop healthy lifestyles and fulfil their potential through an engaging curriculum and inspiring links. For example, we are lucky to have an ongoing relationship with One Life Suffolk, who provide sequences of lessons and assemblies about healthy lifestyles. We will also strive to give all children the opportunity to experience a range of physical activities and games in lessons, during break times and through festivals and competitive tournaments against other schools.  In addition to Physical Education,  children have 30 'active minutes' in school each day achieved through a range of experiences, including active maths, wake 'n' shake dancing and running a daily mile.


We have been evaluating the impact of our sports premium funding as an ongoing priority - click below to read more:

Click here to see the Sports Premium Impact Report for 2018-19

Click here to see the Sports Premium action plan for 2020-21



At St Mary's C of E Primary school, we believe that physical education an essential part of every child's development and school career. It boosts confidence, encourages teamwork and sportsmanship. It should inspire children to strive for excellence but not be discouraged if they do not win; equipping them with the social skills and appropriate responses when winning or losing: valuable life skills that are essential to their future. Our vision is to help raise the aspirations of all pupils regardless of their physical and mental abilities, encouraging them to acquire and refine their motor skills by taking part in a variety of physical activities. Our mission is to inspire children to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.


OBJECTIVE: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE, sport and physical activity in primary schools.


We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
  • the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  • increased participation in competitive sport.

We gather the pupils' views to monitor and evidence the impact of spending Sports Premium funding.

Click here to see the most recent pupil survey results (September 2019)

Swimming Information


Pupils at St Mary’s C of E Primary School take school swimming lessons for a term each year from Year 2.  This reflects our commitment to Physical Education, personal safety and learning swimming as a life-skill.  Pupils have told us how much they value these lessons as this may be their only experience of learning how to swim.


In 2018-19, Year 6 pupils took swimming lessons during the autumn term.  The following assessments were undertaken in December 2018.


  • 90% of Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • 80% of Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively.
  • 80% of Year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations when assessed.


We ensure that school staff members are competent and confident to teach swimming lessons.  4 teachers have completed ASA recognised Teaching Swimming training.  ( 1 further teacher has completed the classroom-based course and will have completed the practical elements of the training by the end of the Autumn term 2019).  5 teachers have completed up-to-date Shallow Water Safety training.