Sports Premium Funding
At St Joseph’s, we welcome wholeheartedly the Sports Premium because it allows us to pursue principles which are close to our hearts.
Every penny is directed towards increasing the amount of sporting experiences the children access. We are committed to establishing a life-long interest in our children in keeping fit and healthy and enjoying participation.
There is a report at the bottom of the page, which you may read as a summary of our work in this area.
Use of Funding in 2020-2021
Our intended spending during this time was significantly impaired by the limits placed on activities by the ongoing pandemic. Our allocation for funding was £19,723. We were able to achieve the following:
Increasing Children's Participation in External Sports Competitions Before the impact of COVID-19, we tried to offer the opportunity to participate in external competition to as many children as possible over the academic year. We are pleased that a high number of children take part in competitions, a wonderful preparation for secondary school and out-of-school club participation.
Participating in Local Competitions We take teams to every possible event. The children love taking part; sometimes they win which makes them, and the whole school, very proud. We regularly send teams to:
|Mini Sports||Scatterball||Cross Country|
|Indoor Athletics||Football League||Netball League|
|Netball Rally||District Sports||Tag Rugby|
|Golf Tournament||Cross Country|
We typically enjoy great success in competition. When we last competed in 2019, before the impact of the pandemic, our team won the Epsom and Ewell Netball Rally. Our athletics team came second of all schools in the District Sports. Also, during 2019, our football team won every game they played.
In Autumn 2022, we were able to send children to a Cross Country competition.
'Try Something New! initiative Usually, children in all year groups are given the opportunity to access sporting and fitness experiences, which they might not have encountered before.
In 2021, year five and six were able to enjoy time at the High Ashurst Outdoor Adventure Centre, on day trips. Next year we hope to resume our residential trip to this venue.
Tennis Coaching We were pleased that children were able to go to Epsom Tennis Club in the summer of 2021 and benefit from training sessions from the coaches there.
Sports Coaching Afternoon The addition of a sports coach to the teaching team one afternoon a week has proved highly motivational to the children. The coach from SCL takes 30 children each week, working alongside the teachers from years three to six. He also works over lunchtime providing a club for older children which engages them in sport. This work carried on throughout the pandemic.
Improved Sport and Physical Development Opportunity We invested in our Early Years provision in 2021, purchasing a lot of new equipment to encourage good development of gross motor skills. We increased the physical development resources on the playground at break-times so that, during the pandemic, children had every opportunity to enjoy themselves while keeping fit.
We also invested in our cycle pod area, encouraging children to scoot and bike to school.
What is the Impact of Our Work in this Area
We measure impact in terms of the feedback we receive from children and staff about the level of engagement of participants in sport. We know from those children who attended the ‘try something new’ sessions that the impact on their self-esteem and confidence was very high. They did things they had never done before with opportunities for future involvement more of a reality. The children are highly motivated by their contact with the SCL sport coach one afternoon a week.
We usually measure impact by the number of children who have accessed sports events and competitions outside of school and our success in this area is shown above.
We monitor closely the academic, social and physical development of our disadvantaged children and ensure that their needs are at the centre of decisions made.
Funding for 2021-2022
Our allocation for sports premium funding is £36,026. This includes a large carry forward from the previous year, where we were unable to spend money due to COVID-19. Continuing the success of the previous academic year, the Governors have targeted the same areas for this money, hoping that we are able to deliver the full programme during the next academic year.
Details may be found in the report given below.