Primary PE and Sports Premium

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 this funding until 2020.

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 2021/2022 is anticipated to be £17,000. Further information about 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 the bottom of this page.

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.

More information about how Sports premium is calculated can be found by clicking on the following link - Sports premium funding in Primary Schools

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 2 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. After school sports clubs run every day led by our PE coach, where we encourage and support children to become involved. As well as these opportunities, Deepcar St John’s take part in competitions, usually after school, against other schools in the local area. This allows the children the chance to put skills learnt during lessons or at our after-school clubs 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, this year we have started working closely with SWFC, and we now purchase Sports Coach services from them, currently Mr Priest. We are looking forward to many more sporting events this year.

Thursday 20th October

Last night our A team played in a cup match held at St John's. They all played brilliantly and battled hard against tough opposition and finished 3rd overall.

Well done.

Tuesday 19th October

Eight children from year 6 represented Deepcar St John's in a rowing tournament held at All Saints School. We entered a boys and a girls team into the competition. The boys did very well, however the girls claimed victory and came first overall, with one of them achieving the fastest time all day. An amazing achievement.

After school tonight, our A and B boys football team played in their first tournament at Stocksbridge Junior School.

Not only did each boy put in a sterling individual effort but they also worked brilliantly as a team, supporting and encouraging each other throughout.

We are still waiting for confirmation of the results but we believe that A team finished in 2nd place and B team in 4th place.

Well done boys. We are incredibly proud of each and everyone of you!

Friday 8th October 2021

Today, we have held a fun run at St John's for children in year 3 and 4. The event, which has been organised by LINKS, has involved other schools from across the area. One lap of the field is approximately 1km and children have been aiming to run at least 3 laps!

We had lots of tired children at the end of the day!

Thursday 7th October

Year 5 and 6 football team get together at lunchtime for their first training session.

Tuesday 5th October

Football Tournament held at Deepcar St John's involving Deepcar St John's girls football team. Although they fought hard, sadly they lost all their matches.

Thursday 14th October

The girls team play again, putting an amazing team performance, this time they lose 2 matches and come away with a draw.

2021/22 Girls Football Team

Gold Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 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.

PE curriculum

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.

Tuesday 12th October

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed using the apparatus in PE this afternoon. Some great balances. Well done

Monday 20th September 2021 - Year 6 Dance lesson

Year 6 are joined by Gaye from Imoves for their Greek inspired dance lesson. Gaye is supporting teachers with their continual personal development.

Thursday 9th September - Year 4 Dance lesson

Today, children in year 4 started to learn 'The Flamenco' which is connected to their topic of Europe. During the first few lessons, it is important for children to learn to recognise the beat in the music before starting to add actions. These actions are then built up over the half term to help them complete the dance.

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Bleep Test

This works by monitoring someone's cardiorespiratory or 'aerobic' fitness as they run between two cones. They must get to the opposite cone before the bleep. The bleeps sound with increasing frequency as the test proceeds, requiring them to run faster to keep up. Then, after a specified time, the number of completed runs is recorded. Children will complete the test on a regular basis to record if their fitness levels have improved.

21st September - Year 5

Weekly Mile

Simply put, The Weekly Mile is 15 minutes where children ideally jog or run a mile during the school day. It's a simple and straight forward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity. Over the coming months, we hope that most children will be able to run for most, or all of, the mile and that levels of fitness will be improved.

21st September - Year 6

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 a 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 Mr Priest, our schools current sports coach. The children selected to become a Sports Leader will attend training delivered by Mr Priest, to develop their confidence and subject knowledge. The aim is to provide all children at St John's with more opportunities to take part in physical activity and to develop fundamental skills that will help them in P.E and Sport.

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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.

After School Clubs

The types of sports clubs we available change on a half-termly basis so that we offer a range of activities appealing to the different interests and ages of children at our school. We regularly offer Football, Basketball, Futsal, Kwik Cricket, Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Cricket, Bench-ball, Orienteering, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Dance, Street Dance and Den Building.

9th September 2021 - Multi-sports

28th September 2021

Children at our after school club had great fun playing The Sheep game. A fun variation on Dodgeball. They loved it!


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 three 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 are ran at dinner times giving everyone the chance to participate.

Please refer to the document below for information on Sport and PE at St John's during the 2020/21 academic year.

Evidence of Sports and PE during 2020-21.docx