Home Page

Sports Premium

PE and Sport Grant

At St Thomas Aquinas School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.


What is the Sports Premium?

The government is continuing to provide funding for the academic year 2018-19 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Here at St Thomas Aquinas School that will mean we receive around £18,720 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.


Purpose of the Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.


Below is a list of how we used the Sports Premium during 2017/18.


External Teachers

We continued to employ a specialist PE teacher to come in one day a week. She worked with our NQT, alongside other teachers, giving them the opportunity to watch and learn.

Additionally, a specialist dance teacher was brought in for one half term to support some classes in choreographing and learning dance routines.


The use of specialist coach to deliver dance lessons to some KS2 children and the specialist teacher has seen a growth in staff confidence and skill set in the delivery of PE.  


Increased participation

We have continued to invest in training staff to drive the shared minibus in order for more children to be able to participate in sports competitions during and after school. We are now able to transport the children in our school minibus to these events.


There has been an increase in participation in a number of sports. Children who would previously have been unable to attend after school events have taken part in a variety of competitions including badminton, basketball, tag rugby, cross country, athletics, tennis and football.


Evidence of sustainability:


  • Teachers who have been trained to plan and deliver effective PE lessons in previous academic years continue to plan and deliver effective PE lessons. Good practice is shared amongst staff, coordinated and monitored by the PE leader.
  • Staff can deliver extra-curricular sports clubs at no cost to the school as a result of working alongside a specialist PE teacher.
  • Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about being healthy, creating a positive, healthy culture within school. This has been supported by the Junior Road Safety Officers who promote healthier travel to school by rewarding those children who regularly travel to school in an active way.

How we will spend funding in 2018-2019:

  • We have committed to employing a PE specialist for one day a week to work with 4 NQT teachers, building their skills and confidence.
  • We have paid for swimming lessons for two Year 4 classes across the year, this includes transport to and from the swimming pool.
  • Throughout the year we will pay for the hire of and fuel for the school minibus which will be used to transport children to competitive sports events.
  • We have entered into a Korfball tournament; training sessions and competition fees have been covered with Sports Premium funding.