Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Sports Premium

Thorney Close Primary School has been awarded a Sports Premium Grant annually since 2013/14 academic year. The formula has changed for the 2017/18 academic year, meaning school will receive approximately £16,000 per year, based on our current intake.  This is double the amount that we have received in previous years.

The purpose of this government grant is to improve the provision of PE and sport within schools, with schools being given freedom to choose how best to spend the money in order to do this. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

Thorney Close Primary School has decided to spend the money awarded to develop the following areas:

  • Improving the quality of teaching and learning in P.E and other relevant subject areas.
  • Increasing participation in sporting activities outside of the core curriculum, during lunchtimes and after school.
  • Improving pupils’ lifestyles and physical wellbeing.

Improving the quality of teaching and learning

The school will use the Sports Premium grant to raise the standard of teaching and learning in PE by purchasing sports equipment and resources and investing in relevant training programmes. Specialist P.E teachers will then pass on their knowledge to other members of staff; a cost effective way of ensuring the overall standard of P.E across the school improves. In addition, external providers will be used to work with members of staff, increasing confidence in planning and delivering effective PE lesson.

Increasing participation in sporting activities outside of the core curriculum

The Sports Premium grant will support the funding of an increased range of after school clubs for all ages. This also includes the cost of equipment and resources for these extra-curricular activities.  It will also fund the costs of participation in competitions, including the cost of transport.  We also promote inter school events and competitions, using some of the funding to develop sports teams who can compete with other schools in the area. 

Improving pupils’ lifestyles and physical wellbeing

As a result of increased sporting participation, Thorney Close Primary School pupils will have improved health and well being, whilst also benefiting from all the other positive values that sport promotes. In addition to encouraging increased physical activity among pupils, we will also ensure that we teach children about healthy lifestyles.

Sports Premium Planned Spend 2017-2018

Activity Cost

Use of specialist sports coaches including;

  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Cycling


Broaden children’s experiences of specialised sports on offer within the local community, including;  

  • Tennis Centre
  • Silksworth Sports Complex
  • Snow Tubing
  • Skiing
  • Trampolining Sandhill View
Purchase of high quality sports equipment to support the teaching of PE £1000
Purchase of outdoor playground equipment that will enhance physical activity on a playtime and lunchtime and will also encourage children to play with others £3000
Removing barriers to participation with the purchase of school PE kits, football kits and playleader jackets £1000

Engaging more children to participate in additional sports and physical activity during a lunchtime, at an afterschool club or during holiday periods

  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Badminton

Extend swimming offer - to support pupils to exceed the NC requirements.

  • swimming instructor
  • transport

Ensuring that all children, whatever their needs or abilities, have the opportunity to participate in physical activity;

  • Tennis for the deaf tournament
  • Sportsability

Ensuring children have the chance to participate in competitive sport at an appropriate level. Funding used to increase the opportunities available by subsidising transport, enabling the release of staff, payment of memberships and competition entrance fees and the purchase of rewards such as medals, stickers and certificates. Opportunities for competitive sport include;

  • Football matches
  • Gymnastics competition
  • Running events
  • Swimming gala

Thorney Close Primary School Sports Funding Impact Statement 2016-2017

In 2016-2017 Thorney Close Primary School spent the Sports Premium Fundng on:

  • Appointed a PE Apprentice (full time)
  • Participation in Intra and Inter School Competitions
  • After School Sporting Clubs
  • Transport costs for Sporting Events
  • PE resources and equipment
  • Sports Day/ Whole School Sporting Events

The Sports Premium money which the government has agreed to allocate to our school has enabled us to increase the quality & breadth of PE & Sport provision, along with increasing pupil participation in both PE & Sport.

At Thorney Close Primary School, we strive to promote healthy and active lifestyles and aim to provide sporting opportunities for all our pupils. We feel that the Sports Premium, allocated by the government, along with the money allocated from the school budget for PE, is having a great impact on both the profile and quality of PE within the school.

In 2016, the school hired a PE Apprentice who was responsible for organising and delivering high quality team games and skill sessions for all pupils from Nursery through to Upper Key Stage 2. As an apprentice, he worked alongside teaching staff in the delivery of lessons, was involved in team teaching (supporting less confident teachers) and ensured differentiation through all year groups and differing abilities. His role also involved the running of weekly football coaching sessions for the school’s football team and supporting the PE coordinator in their role organising and participating in a range of Intra and Inter school competitions. This ensured our pupils were able to get regular experience of competing against the other schools in our local area.

In addition to hiring a PE Apprentice, the majority of the school’s indoor sports provision was taught by our trained gymnast Tanya. who delivered high quality gymnastic lessons. Tanya worked with small groups of children and whole-classes to improve their balance and co-ordination; helping to develop their core work, strength, cardio and flexibility.  Tanya was also responsible for delivering differentiated PE lessons across all year groups from Nursery to Year 6, which demonstrated continued progression across the school. Children also had the opportunity to use a range of gymnastic equipment including: tumble track, vaults, beams and peanut gymnastic ball.

The profile of football was raised in the school throughout the course of the academic year. In 2016-17, Thorney Close joined the local School’s football league where they played against other schools of a similar size across Sunderland. The team became runners up in the League (an outstanding result for Thorney Close) and went on to represent their League at the League Finals, held at Farringdon Secondary School.

As well as organised team activities, Thorney Close continued to offer exciting and new sports events for pupils across all year groups. For example, the school raised the profile of Dance through participation in various Intra school competitions. Pupils in Year 6 participated in a Street Dance competition held at Barnes Park, where they were joined by pupils from neighbouring schools. In addition to this, pupils also competed in a Dance Tournament, led by our specialist Gymnast and Dance coach. The profile of Cheerleading was boosted across all Year groups with the delivery of Cheerleading sessions, led by Triple AAA Sports. Year 6 pupils also participated in an Archery session, delivered by a specialist teacher. Additionally, deaf pupils across both Key Stages also participated in Tennis for the Deaf tournaments, held at Silksworth Puma Centre, throughout the course of the academic year. 6 pupils participated in a termly competitions.

Children participating in Dance competitions, where pupils in Year 4 and 5 competed in an Inter School Gymnastics competition. They learnt a 12 step routine with the coaching support of our specialist gymnastic coach and competed against pupils from Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside.

Emphasis was placed on providing high quality provision for Swimming across year groups from Year 2 to Year 6. Over the course of the academic year, almost 200 of our pupils have learnt to swim or improve their existing skills with the support of trained swimming teachers. These swimming lessons were held at Sandhill View School or Silksworth Community Pool. Whilst learning to swim, pupils participated in Level 3 and Level 4 water skills (treading water, floating, water confidence) whilst learning about the importance of water safety. The increased focus on swimming across a range of year groups had a direct impact on the number of pupils able to reach the government’s target set for all pupils to swim 25m unaided. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 also competed in a local swimming gala, where they represented the school in a range of independent and team races.

Continuing to forge links with our local Secondary Schools, pupils at Thorney Close participated in a Race 4 Life running event at Sandhill View in the Summer term. Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils competed against children from a range of local primary schools. In addition to this, Year 6 pupils participated in various Fun Days held at Sandhill, where they participated in a range of activities including trampolining and swimming.

In order to support a whole-school fitness and well-being drive, all Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils completed a series of Joe Wicks fitness sessions in the Summer term. These were led by teaching staff and well received by the pupils.

In the Autumn Term, the majority of Year 5 pupils took part in ‘Bikeability’ training and achieved Level 1 or level 2. Those pupils who completed ‘Bikeability’ felt more competent to ride their bikes on the road and in their local area.

As part of a continued drive to push the profile of Intra competitions in school, all children competed in a whole-school Sports Day event in the Summer term. All pupils participated as part of a team and outstanding achievement was recognised with medals and trophies. This event was well supported by parents, who clearly understand the need for Sport and PE within a school environment. In addition to this, pupils across Upper Key Stage 2 competed in an Intra School Rounders tournament, whilst pupils in Lower Key Stage 2 competed in an Intra School Football event.

The Sports Premium also helped pay for the Transport Costs linked to different sporting events attended. However, we did rely greatly on the parental contributions paid by our extremely supportive parents who clearly value the role PE and Sport play in their child’s general health and well- being.

Over the course of the year, money has been spent on updating and replacing old PE equipment in order to ensure that pupils have access to the best PE provision possible at Thorney Close. Sports Premium money was also spent on a new football kit to help boost the profile of Football in school.