Primary School Sports Premium 18-19

Thornham St. James was granted £17,760 from the government for the academic year 2018-19. This funding is ring fenced and is to be used to improve provision and outcomes in Physical Education, School Sport, Physical Activity and an improvement in Healthy Active Lifestyles.

As a school, we have always delivered a range of sporting activities, but the additional funding has enabled us to increase this provision.

Over the course of the academic year 2017-18 the funding was used to provide the following in school:

  • Crompton House primary Cluster Link – competitions against other schools organized throughout the year and hosted by Crompton House (cost £300)

  • Sports equipment and storage for outdoor playtimes (£500)

  • OACT football sessions - an hour long, weekly after school football club for year 2 pupils to extend our extra curricular provision into KS1, alongside improving their football skills -(whole year £2,000).

  • The employment of a fully qualified Sports Development Worker from Oldham Sports Development Service for one day per week. The coach delivered quality PE & Games lessons across the whole age range, which helped with the additional training of the school staff via the sharing of good practice, and provided plenty of enjoyment for the pupils. The coach was also involved in lunchtime and after-school sports based activities.(£6,300).

  • Failsworth Sports Partnership – entry to competitions and sporting events across Oldham. (£450)

  • Release of PE subject lead to accompany pupils to competitive events and attend courses and meetings. (£1,000)

  • Provide additional support in PE lessons for those pupils with SEND by increasing support staff hours. This will enable greater access and enjoyment for ALL.

  • An early morning ‘Ready to Work Club’ involving a variety of exercise and games to an invited group of pupils with a mixture of SEND, difficulties with motor skills or a lack of interest in sport in order to promote enjoyment and self-esteem as well as improve fitness.



In order to gain maximum impact from the funding, our ultimate aims are:

  1. Strengthening the knowledge and leadership of the PE/Sports leader in school in order that he can offer support and advice to colleagues and lead by example.

  2. To network with other PE subject leads to share good practice.

  3. To develop staff skills in delivering high quality PE and Games.

  4. Having greater confidence and understanding from the teaching staff in school.

  5. Greater participation and enjoyment in physical activity from the majority of pupils in school.

  6. Greater physical activity and involvement from the children during lunchtime breaks.

  7. The provision of/participation in a wider range of after school and lunchtime clubs.

  8. Greater participation in competitive sports.

  9. To develop a strong sense of sportsmanship and fair play.

  10. To develop the sense of leadership and responsibility in our Year 6 pupils in their role as Playground Pals. Their role is to monitor and organize games at lunchtime. All pupils are encouraged to participate.

  11. Greater understanding from all pupils of how to keep themselves fit and healthy including the importance of exercise, sleep and healthy eating.

  12. To encourage pupils to participate in chosen sports outside of school by providing links to other clubs.

  13. To maintain the external recognition for Quality PE through Oldham School Sports Partnership and Sainsbury’s Kite Mark.

  14. Greater access and enjoyment of PE for those with SEND and/or other physical and emotional difficulties.

  15. Further awareness of health and fitness by an increased number of information assemblies from Oldham Sport Development.

The above-intended outcomes/impact are certainly evident in school, particularly the staff knowledge and skills, greater participation from more pupils, the increased confidence in competitive sport and the idea of fair play and sportsmanship, and the huge success experienced in competitive sports!


The intention is to continue with the same as above for 2018-19. However, due to the further increase in funding, alongside the above we are now able to:

  • Look into ways of engaging more of our least active children into sport and healthier active lifestyles other than through lunchtime activities.

  • Continue with the provision of swimming lessons for all Year 4 for a full year. (£1,000)

  • Purchase further new, high quality PE equipment and sport kits as required from the PE audit. (£500)

  • Purchase new equipment, activities and storage to be organized and used by the Playground Pals. (£300)

The following PE and/or sport provision is currently available at Thornham St. James:

  • PE and sport curriculum lessons (all classes)

  • Weekly swimming lessons (Y4)

  • After school football sessions (Y5/Y6)

  • After school netball club (Y5/Y6)

  • Inter school competitions Y2-Y6 (football/athletics/rounders/cricket/cross country/tag rugby/hockey)

  • Oldham Schools cross country events (x 6 sessions) - Saturday mornings

  • Royton schools swimming league and swimming gala (KS2)

  • Bikeability lessons (Y4 & Y5)

  • After school football sessions with OACT (Y2)

  • Daily Cross -country training sessions prior to a cross-country event.

  • Participation in the local school Football league (matches each Friday)

  • Before school Running Clubs in KS1 & KS2

  • Whole School Sports Day.