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Sports Premium at VPPS 2018/19

At VPPS we have been successful in encouraging all children to participate in a wide range of sporting activities through our investment of the sports premium funding since 2013. With the increase in funding two years ago we created two schemes which further raised the profile of PE and Sport across the school and our community, broadening the experiences of children in indoor and outdoor physical activities and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Through these schemes we continued to add to our current sporting provision, building capacity and capability to ensure that improvements made now will benefit children joining the school in future years.  We have continued with this approach this year.  We believe this will have a positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing and also help to improve children’s behaviour, attendance, concentration and attainment.

Details of these exciting and successful schemes, which continued during 2018/19, are as follows:


VPPS Outdoor Adventures

Building on the success of our Forest School, PE in the park, outdoor classrooms and our Eco School status, we have utilised the increase in sports premium money to create an outdoor adventurers scheme in which children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. These sessions take place weekly off site for children. The scheme promotes our belief that all children need to be physically active for sustained periods of time and lead healthy active lives. Activities have included den building, orienteering, woodland games, homemade bows and arrows, preparing and growing our own fruit and vegetables, and warm up team tames such as "capture the flag".


VPPS ‘Get Active’

To make sure that our children understand the link between healthy eating and an active lifestyle we have involved all year groups in healthy cookery sessions which include tasting a range of healthy foods, designing healthy snacks, researching sugar content in drinks, the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  They also take part in fun and active games and short burst exercises which can be used at home and school.

Swimming at VPPS

With the use of our sports premium funding we develop the number of pupils that meet the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. We have achieved this by providing regular swimming sessions for Years 4 and 5, as well as providing CPD for support staff.

Impact 2018-2019

At Victoria Park Primary School we know that the sports premium funding has had a positive impact on our school because we have:-


  • Involved more children in leading sports events and activities including playground leaders (Gamesmakers), and house captains assisting in the organisation and running of house competitions and KS2 children leading warm activities in PE lessons.

  • Introduced nominated sports leaders from years 5 and 6 who have been involved in assisting the PE team.  This includes meeting with the PE team regularly (at least once a term but more when needed).

  • Continued to raise the profile of sport through use of our website, sports bulletins in the weekly newsletter and by embedding sporting awards in the weekly school celebration assembly.

  • Utilised our active links with external sporting agencies including Bristol City Community Trust, Total Pro Soccer, Wicketz and Signature Sport to provide our extra curricular clubs, internal enrichment activities, staff CPD and to signpost children to sporting opportunities outside of school.

  • Increased the number of "level 1" house competitions including the addition of new-age Kurling, whole-school football, dodgeball, sports hall athletics and tennis.

  • Developed our offer to staff by introducing end-of-term sporting activities such as Kurling, Table Tennis, Yoga as well as continued professional development (CPD) opportunities provided by our sports team and external visitors.

  • Increased participation in events by PP children across the school; 15% of all spaces in after school clubs are now ring-fenced for PP children.

  • Continued to provide an increased number of KS1 sporting opportunities through house competitions, Ashton Park Sports Partnership events and after school clubs.

  • Ensured that 100% of pupils have participated in at least one extra-curricular sporting activity such as after school clubs, Ashton Park Sports Partnership events, enrichment activities, lunchtime clubs, house competitions and other sporting opportunities.

  • Participated in 84% of sporting opportunities offered by the Ashton Park Sports Partnership.

  • Provided all children in the school with lessons on the importance of healthy and active lifestyles through specialist lessons (VPPS Get Active scheme).

  • Invited guest speakers to inspire the children with their tales of sporting success (including Para-athlete Beth Tucker).

  • Retained our Sainsbury’s School Games GOLD Award for the third year running.

  • Increased the number of girls taking part in sporting activities/competitions both in and out of school. This included some girls' only events such as the APSP Girls' football tournament, Ashton Gate football festival, the Girls' football world cup (years 3/4 & 5/6).

  • Provided weekly swimming lessons starting in Year 4 and continuing into Year 5.

  • 43% of our Year 5 pupils have already reached the year 6 swimming curriculum requirement of swimming 25 meters.  46% can swim between 5m and 25m.

  • Maintained and improved our standings in "level 2" external sporting events, finishing in the top three in all of the following leagues: Basketball, Dodgeball, Swimming, Cross Country, Girls' Football, Hockey, Sports Hall Athletics, Gymnastics, Kwick Cricket.

  • Qualified for participation in "level 3" (i.e. county finals) in hockey, basketball and dodgeball.

  • Sent 3 children to ‘High Flyers’ selection day at Ashton Park School and 5 children to 'High Flyers' at Bath University.

  • Successfully made it through to the Stages dance competition finals and gala performance, where children performed under the wings of Concorde!