At Castle Academy, in partnership with staff, governors, parents and pupils, we aim to inspire, motivate and develop children’s individual abilities, which will enable them to lead a happy, healthy and active lifestyle.
We believe that Physical Education and sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. Physical Education and sport are central in giving children the knowledge and understanding in order to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. The physical education curriculum at Castle Academy aims to provide children with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort, team work and sporting behaviour as well as success, are celebrated.
What is the Sports Premium?
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. Some of the outcomes we hope to meet through the ‘sports premium’ funding are:
Improved quality of teaching and learning in Primary Physical Education, including more dynamic exercise in lessons.
- Improved resources for the teaching of P.E.
- Improved range of P.E. equipment.
- Increased opportunities for competitive sport.
- Improvements in the quality and breadth of P.E. and sporting provision, including “increasing participation in P.E. and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performances levels they are capable of”.
In the last academic year the school has received £17,560 of Sports Premium Funding.
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
At Castle Academy children swim from Year 5. At the end of 2017 88% of our pupils met the national standard. Our aim is that all Year 6 children reach this national standard.
Our action plan for 2017- 2018 details how we are spending the Sports Premium and progress towards meeting our objectives. The plan for September 2018- July 2019 will be created at the end of this academic year.