Sports Premium

Sports Gold Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Sports Leaders. We also give thanks to our Sports Coach who made our competitions possible.

To achieve the Gold Award the school has to offer pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities, from two hours of physical education each week to making sure that we fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs. We are very pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been recognised and rewarded this year.

Primary PE and Sports Premium

Primary PE and Sport Premium is an initiative that aims to help increase and improve the PE and sporting opportunities for children. It was first provided in the 2013/14 academic year and the current government has pledged to continue.

PE and Sport Premium funding is provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Culture and the Department for Media and Sport. It has been allocated to primary school headteachers and is ring-fenced, meaning that it can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.

The Government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the funding for PE and Sports in school. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

The performance outcomes of all pupils compared with their peers

The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular in those areas where specific funding has been provided

The reports that schools are required to publish online for Parents

All primary schools receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus £10 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll. Deepcar St John’s School’s allocation of Sports premium for 2023/2024 is anticipated to be £17,000.

Here at Deepcar St John’s, we aim to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised, with all children, regardless of their background, engaging in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision. We believe that sport is integral to all children’s growth and feel that it plays a key part in their spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

A full break down on how we are using our PE and Sport Premium can be found in the Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sports Premium document.

At Deepcar St John’s, we believe it is important for children to take part in a range of both competitive and non-competitive sports. We want pupils to be able to celebrate the occasions when they are successful, whilst realising that team work and fair play has a key role to play in not only the sporting world but also their own lives. For this to be achieved, all children take part in two hours a week of PE lessons. As well as this, they are encouraged to take part in active sessions at lunch time through the use of imaginative play, Sports Leader lead games, school Intersport competitions or timetabled football days. We also offer a range of sporting activities at after school clubs, As well as these opportunities, Deepcar St John’s take part in competitions, usually after school, against other schools in the local area. This gives the children the chance to put skills learnt in school into practise and also gives them the opportunity to make links with other schools in the local area.

We have chosen to work alongside the School Sports Partnership called LINKs. This company do what their name suggests and provide links with other local schools for competitions, links with our feeder Secondary School and links with local sporting communities. For more information about LINKS please visit Additionally, we have started working closely with SWFC, and we now purchase Sports Coach services from them.

We are looking forward to many more sporting events this year.

14th June 2024

Our talented children participated in an orienteering competition at Concord Park on Friday and secured an impressive third place out of seven schools.

We are incredibly proud of how they worked together, displaying fantastic team and determination throughout the event. Well done to all!

7th June 2024

Anyone for Cricket?

On Friday a number of our year 5 girls attended a Cricket festival at Low Bradfield as part of Empowering Girls Week.

At the festival they got to learn the fundamentals of the game as well as being coached on their batting, bowling and fielding skills.

A great time was had by all!

5th June 2024
What a fantastic Sports Day!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our annual Sports Day.
A special thank you to Miss Priest, Sheffield College, Bradley from Links and Sports Leaders from the high school and also those at St John’s, who all made today a roaring success.

20th May 2024 

Yesterday, our year 5/6 girls football team took part in a football tournment held at Sheffield Wednesday. 

8th Maty 2024

Some great action shots of our year 6 football team in action at SWFC today. Finishing 3rd in the tournament, they did themselves and the school proud. Well done boys!


26th March
Last night, two teams represented St John’s in at the Girls Football League Games.
Their hard work, dedication and team work paid off resulting in our A team winning the league.
We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them – all displaying great sportsmanship both on and off the field.
Well done girls!

21st March 2024

Today, year 5 and 6 children returned to EIS to represent St John’s at the Dodgeball finals at EIS 

1st March
A trip to Hillsborough College was instore for some of our year 5 children last week as they took part in a Handball competition.
As well as having a great time, all the children were great ambassadors for the school, working well as a team and showing great sportsmanship.
Well done year 5.

29th February

Yesterday, boys and girls from St John’s represented the school in dodgeball tournament at Stocksbridge High School. They played exceptionally well as a team and were great ambassadors for the school. Well done year 5.

5th February 2024

Today, children from across the school represented St John’s at a curling competition held at Ice Sheffield. What an amazing opportunity and it looks like they all had a fabulous time. 

29th November 

Today, a small group of children represented St John’s at a Boccia Tournament held a Concord. They did amazing, finishing in first place overall and now will be taking part in the final. What an amazing achievement. Well done all! 

Week Commencing 13th November
This week is Sheffield Schools Skipathon week, which we are getting involved in virtually at break and lunchtimes. Here are some photos of the children in action! Looks like they are having loads of fun.

Girls Football Team

17th October 2023 Tournament – Stocksbridge Primary

Boys Football Team 

Tournment – 8th October – Stocksbridge Primary 


Children have at least two PE lessons a week at St John’s. One of the lessons is Dance. We use the Imoves program, which links the dance to the Theme that the children are learning about in class.

The PE timetable for 2023/24 for each year group is as follows: 

Y3 Tuesday and Thursday

Y4 Monday and Wednesday

Y5 Tuesday (one class swimming) and Friday

Y6 Monday and Wednesday

13th May
This week is Mental Health Awareness week.
Exercise is known to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost self-esteem.
Today, before their PE lesson, children have been asked to think about activities that would have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

At the start of their PE lessons. each year group will be completing a range of personal challenges. Children will then be repeating these each term to track their progress. 

7th March 2024
Year 3 enjoyed a World Book day themed PE Lesson this afternoon. Miss Priest, our Sheffield Wednesday Sports Coach planned a Harry Potter inspired game of Quidditch.
Great fun was had by all!
PE - Autumn Term

Hockey is a great way for children to get active. It helps them develop strength, agility, and endurance while having fun. It also helps with co-ordination skills and team work.

14th November 2023 

Year 6 are practising their shooting skills



Sports Leaders

Once children reach year 5 and 6, they have the opportunity to become a Sports Leader. A role which brings great responsibility and enjoyment. It is a role that has developed over the years into one which allows children to become role models within the school as well as developing their basic coaching skills in a range of sports.

Children who want to become a Sports Leader have to show good sporting ability but also skills in leadership, responsibility, time management, team work and organisation. They have to complete an application form and be interviewed by Miss Priest, our schools current sports coach.

They help make dinner times fun and enjoyable. When children are actively engaged in activities behaviour improves and the playground is a fun and harmonious place to be.

Since the introduction of Sports Leaders, we have seen an increase in sports participation by almost 30%. By the end of Spring term 2021, nearly 95% of the children in school are achieving 30 mins of moderate exercise at dinner times.

21st March 2024
Our fantastic sports leaders have been hard at work planning fun Easter games for everyone to enjoy during lunchtime!
Thank you Sports Leaders for making lunchtimes such fun.
Week Commencing 18th December

Christmas games organised by our sports leaders bring a sense of holiday cheer, teamwork, and friendly competition to school lunchtimes. It’s a creative way to blend sports enthusiasm with the joy of the holiday season.

Well done Sports Leaders on creating festive and engaging initiatives for the children of St John’s to enjoy.

13th December 2023
Great fun yesterday as children took part in a range of fun activities planned, organised and ran by our fantastic Sports Leaders.  Thank you for a great lunchtime! We loved it!

31st October 2023

Today, our Sports Leaders had their induction training with Links. During the course of the morning, the children learned how to set up and run games – A vital skill that they will be using over the coming year!

Autumn Term 

Helping out at Extra- Curricular activities is  one way that our newly trained Sports Leaders get to put into practice what they learned in their training session. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The types of Extra Curricular Activities we have available change on a half-termly basis so that we can offer a range of sportd appealing to the different interests and ages of children at our school. We regularly offer Football, Basketball, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Bench-ball, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Dance and Den Building.

Summer Term 

11th June 2024

Creating a Free Choice Sport extra curricular club is a fantastic way to engage children and offer them opportunities to develop their skills in a sport that they are interested in.
Tonight, children decided on table tennis, which is a great sport offering many physical, mental and cognitive benefits as well as being great fun too.
Dodgeball isn’t just about throwing balls and dodging oppon3nts; it’s a game that develops agility, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination and sportsmanship.
Looks like they are having lots of fun too!
Due to the rainy weather, our Cricket/rrounders Extra-Curricular Club moved inside yesterday but that didn’t stop them having fun!
Cricket is a great all round sport as well as getting children active, it develops communication skills, improve hand-eye co-ordination and helps children understand the importance of fair play, respect and celebrating successes, win or lose.

Spring Term 

Children love it when the parachute comes out at Mini Games. 

As well as being an excellent way to help improve physical fitness, Handball also develops hand-eye ci-ordination, agility and teamwork, which are valuable skills both on and off the sports field.
It looks like the children at our Handball Extra-curricular club had a great time tonight!

Table Tennis is another new activity on offer this term. Children loved it! 

11th January 

Children have thoroughly enjoyed our new bowling Etra-Curricular activity, 

Autumn Term 2 


These children are having great fun at our Bench-ball club held on a Tuesday.


Netball is a new after-school club that we have trialed this half term. Looks like everyone is having lots of fun


Football is one of our most popular after-school clubs across the school, from these photos you can see why! looks great fun! We run two football clubs each week, one for lower school and one for children in year 5 and 6. 


Autumn Term 1 

September 2023 – Basketball 

Badminton – September 2023

Boccia – September 2023 



Developing an intramural program in school is a great way to get children participating in sport. It also creates a sense of belonging to the school environment, and connection with teachers and peers outside the classroom.

At St John’s we run the Diamond league, a Inter sport competition, which runs over the course of the school year, with one event being held each term. There are two leagues, each consisting of four teams. A Y3/4 league and a Y5/6 league. Every class, in each league, plays each other at the termly events, playing two games over different days. These events run at dinner times giving everyone the chance to participate.

20th March

Over the course of this week, children across the school are taking part in The Diamond League Basketball tournament. This is an intramural competition where year groups compete against each other.