At Lady Joanna Thornhill, children receive two hourly curriculum sessions per week, dedicated to physical activity through both Games and PE lessons. We believe that PE and Games contribute to the development of young people. As well as improving fitness and health by participating in sport, children learn key values of teamwork, perseverance, respect for others and fair play. This can be done through the participation of lessons, after school activities and competitions, both in and out of school.

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding called the Sport Premium, to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision in schools. From October 2013 to March 2014 the school received £6,040 in additional Sports Funding direct from the Government.  We have been using the Sport Premium to improve provision in a number of ways.

All Junior children have received 6 one hour sessions of profession tennis coaching held at the Wye Tennis Club at a cost of £2,340. 

We have purchased a sports support package from the North School for £1,600 which has provided us with a primary coordinator, giving us 30 hours of her time to help in different ways around our school. We have used Kelle Dodsworth across the school to provide 3 guided gymnastic sessions per class over the last year, giving quality training to our own staff.  She will also be helping to write a new gymnastics scheme of work. The school sports package also allows us to attend a range of sporting competitions and activities, which have included Athletics, rugby and tennis this year. We are hoping to attend even more next year, including some events for KS1.

We have purchased a Youth Sport Trust Membership this year costing £240, which has enabled us to have access to additional training and resources.
Furthermore, we have formed the SSOC – SCHOOL SPORTS ORGANISATION CREW, a group of Year 5 and 6 children who discuss ways to improve sport in our school. We will continue to develop these young leaders, in order to help their communication and leadership skills. Their role will include helping on the playground with games (as play leaders) and acting as the student voice for any changes the pupils feel are needed to the sport at Lady J.

Year 6 Swimming sessions were subsidised by £600.  Football and Netball equipment has been purchased £400.  We have attended additional sports tournaments and the transportation cost of £350 have been incurred.  For more information click on this link to see our Sport & Competition Page.

An area we are keen to develop further and are looking into is to increase after school clubs. With the development of the MUGA at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, it is hoped some clubs can begin at lunchtimes, such as netball with Miss Law for Year 3 and 4.

The impact of the Sport Premium will be to:
* raise standards in PE across the school through high quality teaching
* raise participation levels of pupils taking part in clubs or sporting activities, including inter-competitions.

We will receive £9,825 from April 2014 to March 2015 watch this space!!