PE and School Sport Funding
The Government is providing funding for schools to provide substantial primary school sport. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School we believe that sport plays an important role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our children. Our school is held in high regard for our positive reputation in the field of sport and we aspire for sporting excellence and full participation in cultural, team and extra-curricular activities.
The school is seen as a focal point for the local community and is used extensively by members of our school, the parish and community groups as an extended school provision. The school is open until 9.00pm Monday to Thursday and until 5:30pm on Fridays to cater for those who wish to use the facilities.
We have used the additional PE and School Sport Funding to further support and enhance provision at school.
A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We are also committed to ensure that all children receive a high quality, well-planned Physical Education Curriculum.
Throuhgout each academic year each child will participate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics lessons. Swimming lessons are also provided for each class throughout the year.
The Wider Curriculum
The provision of quality PE and Sport has a high profile in our school and permeates throughout many aspects of school life.
Each year we facilitate themed weeks such as Health and Well Being Week where children participate in a wide range of activities and have a ‘taster’ session of a sport or activity that otherwise they may never have tried, such as fencing.
During our residential visits, children are given opportunities to participate in many different activities which may include, orienteering, assault courses and abseiling.
In the summer term we also hold our annual Sports Days in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races.
Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example, local football and rugby teams have run training sessions in school and at the clubs.
Talented children are signposted to local clubs and events to encourage them to develop their skills.
School also believes it is important for the children to meet local sporting role models. Visitors have included successful ex-pupils who play nationally and internationally.
Beyond the School Day
The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for the children which are organised by school staff, sports coaches or outside providers.
Children enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and instructors and have the opportunity to try many sports such as netball, dance, cross country, football, rugby, cricket, multi-skills rounders, swimming and athletics
Extra Curricula Activity Timetable
We try to cater for all our children’s needs and monitor participation and check uptake against gender and free school meals. The school is an active member of the Children’s University Scheme that recognises and rewards those children who commit and participate in at least 30 hours of extra school activities in a year. In 2018 there were 130 of our pupils who graduated through the Children’s University Scheme at a special ceremony at the local Hope University Campus.
As a school we enjoy an excellent sporting reputation and encourage our children to participate in a wide range of team sports and competitions. Please see our impressive list of Sporting Achievements for 2018.
Primary school experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and we believe that children leave our school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level of discipline.