Ponteland Middle School PE and Sports Grant
Over the years the PE and Sports funding grant has enabled PCMS to provide additional before, during and after school interventions, clubs and activities. More children have participated in these extra-curricular activities. Their school attainment has also increased but more so their health, confidence and fitness. The PE department review participation for all children annually: review the outcome of fixtures, festivals and tournaments; review assemblies, extra-curricular participation and celebrate where possible in the newsletter, media, Facebook and website.
The 2017/18 PE and Sports Funding allocation was £19,100 [£16000 plus an additional £10 per KS2 pupil – £3100]. As a newly converted academy we believe it is vital that the children develop their overall fitness, well-being, health and to that end, in September 2017, invested in three PE specialist NQT teachers offering additional Humanities subjects i.e. Geography, History and RE/Citizenship. This expanded the already thriving PE department’s offer of extra-curricular activities and afterschool fixtures and festivals; specialist PE cover where required for out of school competitions; as well as an expected increased wear and tear on the school’s facilities. Investing in staff, repair and maintenance and equipment has ensured that the expertise we have is maximised and that there is an increase in clubs on offer and subsequent participation levels. PCMS also continues to be part of the Castle Morpeth School games partnership and some of the Sport Funding goes towards the annual cost of all that this provides. We specifically target groups of pupils who are not meeting outside traditional games parameters e.g. gymnastics, Giants, PUMAS, Y8 Girls’ Pilates as morning interventions. Another three new teachers offer in all a total of 20 hours of extra provision a week, in addition to the already extensive programme. Relationships develop through PE and extra curricula; and also has a positive effect on form tutor relationship, attainment and engagement in the Humanities programme. The quality of the 3G tennis courts, in particular through high quality maintenance programme ensures that pupils will enjoy first class facilities for the foreseeable futures. Extra provision in PE this year also allowed us to take 2 students for their first placement and offer a term of NQT to another PE teacher extending our commitment as a teaching school. All three also contributed extensively to the school’s extra curricula provision.
The 2016/17 PE and Sports Funding allocation was £9550 per annum which helped develop PE and sport in schools. We offered 30 Hours of sport per week outside curriculum time. 11 members of staff took activities. We have been a gold sportsmark school and for the last 3 years we have been a Sainsbury’s School Games Gold award recipient. We competed in over 400 fixtures a year [home and away] and won 90% of fixtures played. More than half of the school children stayed behind for sporting activities at least once a week and most nights we had more than a 150 pupils engaged in activities until 4:45pm. TAs attended training to run ‘active break times’ and ran, each day, at least 3 sporting activities each lunchtime. We were regularly used by the Authority as an example of good practice and often received visits from other schools. The one thing that allowed this to happen was the continued development of facilities supporting excellence in sport as the programme grew including: outdoor lighting, a new 3g pitch, newly resurfaced tennis courts, a well maintained sportshall, repainted lines on the yard, 2 new grass football training pitches allowing rotation thus avoiding wear and tear; as well as regular high quality repair and maintenance programmes. All this ensured pupils enjoyed the brilliant facilities that their dedication and success deserved. Our decision to invest this funding on facilities ensured that we extended provision throughout the winter months and maintained an active healthy programme whatever the weather or light.
The 2015/16 PE and Sports Funding allocation was £9444. The effect of this grant enabled PCMS to provide before, during and after school health and fitness interventions, clubs and activities. Numbers of participating children increased.