The Government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and so can only be spent on PE and sport.
At Park Grove we expect to receive approximately £9,300 for 2014-2015. This is to benefit every child in the school. We currently have 267 children on roll.
For the academic year 2014-15 we will continue to use the funding to engage the services of qualified sports coaches to teach one PE lesson per week to every class. Our providers are Total Sports Ltd (www.totalsportslimited.co.uk) who have an excellent reputation within York. These specialist coaches work with every child. The increased sport, exercise and enjoyment of physical activity has increased confidence and self-esteem in the children. This can be measured through the feedback that children and parents have provided us with. Our Parent View survey shows that 98% of children at Park Grove enjoy coming to school.
Every class teacher will continue to teach one PE lesson per week in addition to the ‘Total Sports’ taught lesson. Teachers will benefit from training, advice and support from the specialist coaches which will increase capacity and the skills of our own staff.
In addition, the sports coaches are providing after school clubs, which will vary throughout the year in line with children’s interests. Different age groups will be given the opportunity to take part in varied activities over the year. Class teachers will also continue to provide their own extra curricular sporting activities. Our extra curricular sports clubs for 2014 – 2015 include football, handball, cricket, country dancing, judo, table tennis, netball and many more. Please see our Sports Clubs section for more details.
Feedback from children, staff and parents so far has been extremely positive. The specialist sports so far have already impacted in some cases on individual children’s confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment of coming to school. We expect this initiative to have a beneficial impact on positive behaviour for learning which will ultimately lead to increased academic achievement.
As a school we regularly monitor the teaching of sport through lesson observations, parent feedback, pupil interviews and pupil questionnaires. Our class blogs show many comments from children which emphasise their enjoyment of PE lessons at Park Grove and show that they are happy and motivated to learn.
Since our specialist sports coaching began in September 2013 there has been significant improvement in our academic results, particularly in EYFS and KS1.
Please click on the photographs to learn more about the PE Team.
Mr Mastrelli is the PE Subject Leader.
Mr Barrett and Mr Lonsdale are our Total Sports Coaches.
The links below will give you more information about Physical Education at Park Grove.