What is the School Sports Premium? 


As part of the Olympic legacy, the Department of Education and the Department of Health have made £150 million available to all primary schools in the United Kingdom. This equates to a grant of £8000 per school, plus an additional £5 per pupil in key stages one and two.

The funding is ring fenced, meaning that it can only be spent on improving the provision of physical education, school sport and healthy, active lifestyles. Suggested uses for the money include, but are not limited to:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
  • supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.


At St Mary’s, we encourage and give all our children as many opportunities to take part in physical activity that is fun, rewarding and improves health and well-being. All pupils will receive at least 2 hours of high-quality curriculum PE per week. Following the new National Curriculum 2014, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop a competence to excel in an expansive range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy and active lives.


Primary School years are crucial to tackling obesity and physical inactivity. Children are taught from early years, that like a car uses petrol for fuel, we eat for energy and then use this energy to be active. Regular physical activity is proven to reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, such as; heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

Through sport, physical activity and education, we aim to enthuse, inspire and motivate all children to learn new skills whilst having lots of FUN!

The school follows the Lancashire Scheme of work 2014 for PE, covering a wide range of activities, games and competitive sport. High quality PE lessons are delivered consistently every week and children benefit from working with highly skilled and experienced staff.

Lessons include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance – A qualified dance teacher comes into school to work with every class.
  • Games (Net / wall games, striking / fielding games, invasion games)
  • Athletics
  • Outdoor and Adventurous activities
  • Swimming


PE has been a strength at St Mary’s for some years but having additional sports funding to spend on physical education and sport is fantastic. There has been a massive impact on the children. Have a look at our PE & sport action plan to see what we have spent the money on, the impact so far and our plans for the future.

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