P.E. and Sports Grant - Westbourne Primary
The Department for Education announced the continuation of the funding initiative for primary school sport aimed at building on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Westbourne received £9,950 over the year from September 2016 to August 2017 to improve participation in extra-curricular sport further and to drive standards and progress in curriculum P.E. lessons. This funding is guaranteed to continue until August 2018.
This year the grant has been used to develop Mr Jiggins, the school P.E. Co-ordinator and Sports Coach. He has successfully completed his National Association of P.E. Level 6 course. This course was specifically designed to upskill primary school teachers, HLTAs and TAs to become P.E. specialists. By the end of the course, the delegates are able to raise standards through high quality P.E. teaching in their school.
However, to ensure the course has maximum impact at Westbourne, Mr Jiggins, under the direction of Miss Ritchie, will share his new expertise with all staff by team teaching high quality P.E. lessons once a week in every class, specifically looking at gym skills and pupil fitness. Mr Jiggins will also carry out administrative tasks associated with the school’s sports teams and clubs, under the direction of Mr Regan.
The sports grant has allowed cycling to be a key focus. Children from years 3 through to year 6 have taken part in the National Bikeability scheme. They worked hard with outside tutors and received a range of awards according to their competency on their bicycles. This scheme will be run again in the coming academic year.
Through the P.E. and Sports Grant, we have ensured that every pupil takes part in at least two hours of P.E. a week, with many children doing far more. Last year, three quarters of our children were involved in a sports club after school and over half of them represented Westbourne in an inter-school sports event. Participation in sport is extremely high and success in inter-school competitive sports fixtures is celebrated regularly with the whole-school community.
During the last year, Westbourne children won an impressive array of trophies in Sutton and Surrey school events as well as representing Sutton itself in the London Mini-games; trophies and photos of these events can be seen outside the Headteacher’s office in the School’s achievement display.
Mr Jiggins and Mr Wright have trained up a team of Sports Leaders from Year 2 and Year 6. Our Sports Leaders are prepared to give up their playtimes to run a range of different activities for other children and ensure that everyone is happy and has a friend to play with.
Each term, we run over forty extra-curricular clubs. These usually include: Girls’ Football, Dance, Table Tennis, Basketball, Boys’ Football, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Tag Rugby, Indoor Athletics, Tennis, Multi Sports, Cricket, Yoga, Sports Media, Hand Ball, Rounders, Quad Athletics, Dodgeball, Zumba, Cross Country and Cycling.
Over the year Westbourne focussed on the 21st Century Legacy project ‘Be the Best you can Be’. This has become a school motto for all the children. Visit its website to learn more: www.21stcenturylegacy.com.