PE and Sports Premium

This year, Old Priory will receive £17,900 from the government to improve the provision of PE and Sport.

£5,250 of this money was used to fund our affiliation to the Plymouth School Sports Partnership.

Through this we receive professional development opportunities, participation in competitions against other schools from across the city, promotion of the Sainsbury’s School Values and access to Junior and Community Sports Leaders from our local secondary schools.

In addition we are also planning to:-

  • Provide opportunities for SEND pupils to compete with other schools across the city.
  • Obtain coaching from and links to local sports clubs to signpost children to activities they can continue with outside of the school day.
  • Ensure we have an MTA that can help all pupils, especially those who are less active to engage in physical activity during lunchtimes.

At Old Priory Junior Academy our aim is to ensure that all pupils take part in high quality PE and sport so that every child can improve and achieve in line with their potential. Through effective learning in PE we promote young people’s health, safety and well-being. We endeavour to inspire our young people to be participants in sports for life.

“A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.” 

(The National Curriculum DFE 2013)

Primary PE and Sport Funding

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. The purpose of this funding is to provide children with opportunities to develop and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The funding can be used to provide children with experiences that they may not have access to outside of school, as well as purchasing better equipment or up-skilling staff. The PE and sport funding is given to schools to provide a legacy for children; giving them opportunities to explore different sports and activities that they hopefully will carry on into their later life.

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers.
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

What are we using our funding for?

You can see exactly how we spent our PE and Sports Premium in previous years and also how we plan to spend the funding this academic year by clicking on the documents below.

Examples of physical activity happening at our school

Every child in our school has two hours of physical education every week. Children are also encouraged to be active before and after school through use of the play equipment in the playground. To create an environment where play is positive, equipment is available in the playground for the children to play with during break times and lunch times, including footballs, basketballs, ping pong and tennis. As well as this, the Trim Trail and outdoor gym equipment encourage children to be active during their breaks. Extra-curricular clubs are provided at our school including football through We Do Football and multiskills. We work closely with these clubs to signpost children to clubs outside of school.

Through the PSSP, the children have the opportunity to access Level 2 competitions, where they compete against other schools. They can also attend athletics, football, multiskills events, dance festivals, cricket tournaments and SEND specific opportunities such as Bocchia.

Sporting success is celebrated within school, both in class and through our weekly newsletter. Every year, the school has a Sports Week. This is an opportunity for children to access a range of different sports throughout the week as well as learning about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Sports week also incorporates our school sports day to which families are invited.

Plymouth School Sports Partnership

We are part of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership whose vision is…

" create a sustainable PE, School Sport and Physical Activity system as part of the health and well being provision for all children and young people. Our mission is to positively impact on the lives of every child and young person attending Partnership schools and their parents/carers though opportunities that we provide to help them achieve more in life and at school. We promote the Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship, respect, excellence, determination, inspiration, courage and equality."

Plymouth School Sports Partnership

Our PE Specialist Teachers, Claire Crowther and Sally Pulleyblank, work as part of a team for the PSSP and organise various sports events and festivals for the children in our family schools. To access a full calendar of events, please follow the hyperlink to the PSSP website. You can also read write up of recent events that we have attended on the 'news' section.

Membership of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership includes:

  • Full Plymouth SSP ‘Core Offer’ including Bikeability, coaching days, access to city-wide competitions, website membership (, MTA and Play Leader Training etc.
  • Specialist partnership PE teachers to work alongside primary teachers
  • Professional development opportunities in PE / School Sport
  • ‘Family’ run sporting competitions within our locality
  • Developing our clubs provisions
  • Increasing participation in Level One and Level Two Competitive Games
  • Supporting and engaging less active children through Change4Life clubs
  • Hiring specialist sports coaches
  • Buying resources and equipment to develop sports provision

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