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PE & Sport Provision

Our 2022-23 PE/Sports Premium


Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.


Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

From 1 September 2013, inspectors will assess and report on how effectively this new funding is being used to improve PE and Sport provision when making the judgement on the quality of the school’s leadership and management.

Inspectors will use evidence gained from meetings with school leaders, including governors to assess the impact of additional funding on improving the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. Inspectors may also use evidence from observations of lessons and/or extra-curricular sports clubs, and discussions with pupils. Inspectors may also review the details of a school’s PE and sport provision on their school website prior to an inspection. 

Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

 Refer to: Inspecting primary school PE and school sport: new funding document


Physical Education at Knaresborough St John’s

Knaresborough St John’s Primary School’s Mission Statement is “We strive for excellence”.

We feel that Physical Education plays an important role in helping us to fulfil this statement. In addition to this, our vision for PE, Healthy Active Lifestyles, and School Sport is for all children to be able to enjoy participating in physical activity in PE, during lunchtime activities, at after school clubs, at festivals, during competitions/tournaments and through learning leadership skills. We have worked hard to develop our Physical Education and achieve this through both curriculum time and extra-curricular activities.

Our PE curriculum

Our main aim is to raise participation levels and the profile of sport within the school and engage more of those children who are not instinctively drawn to sport. This is now being achieved with the majority of key stage 1 and 2 children representing the school in some form of sporting activity since September 2016.

We also aim to develop those children who are already involved in the sporting life of the school to a higher standard and to allow them to compete at higher levels. This is achieved through entering teams in cluster and district competitions in which some of our teams have gone through to county finals in a variety of different sports.

Our children all swim weekly for 20 sessions during Year 3. If the national standard of competent swimming is not met by this point (25m), we use our PE premium funding to subsidise 10 further sessions per pupil at Year 4 to help them meet this minimum requirement.

Swimming Data out of 46 children in Y6.

Swimming competency up to and beyond 25m : 86%

Swimming competency using a range of strokes: 76%

Non-swimmers: 14%

Swimming safety certificate gained: 34%

 A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, which aims to engage and inspire all pupils through the balance of Participation and Excellence:


Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day and as extra-curricular clubs.

Opportunities include:

traditional team games; football, netball, hockey, cricket, rounders
individual pursuits; cross country, fitness circuits training (Change 4 Life initiative), tri-golf
bespoke activities through taster sessions and school trips: judo, boxing, climbing
In addition, this year some Winter Olympic Games were introduced to the school as a natural extension of our understanding of cultural differences within sports; the teachers were coached with the aid of our Total Sports providers, and the pupils have enjoyed learning the skills associated with these games, for example, curling. All of the Olympic values are still prevalent across the school.

For the past 4 years, funds have been used to employ a Specialist PE coach from Total Sports and this expertise is used across the school to teach pupils from Early Years – Year 6 in PE activities ranging from gymnastics to multi-skills.

In pupil questionnaires, for example, P.E. is always the favourite subject of the vast majority of pupils. P.E. is carefully planned against key skills, and each pupil assessed regularly. This year, a new skills based curriculum has been put into place which has given the opportunity for each child to progress at their own rate and pace of learning. Progress in P.E. is tracked across the school. This diet of sport builds strong relationships of trust between pupils and support staff and impacts positively upon the engagement and trust between them in the classroom. The discipline demanded of the children in sports impacts upon behaviour within the classroom, and the school attributes the excellent behaviour for learning within the school as a direct result of the culture of discipline, respect and dedication nurtured through sports activities.

In our experience, the key is to capture the imagination of the whole school community to generate excitement and interest in sports.


In every aspect of school life, high expectations for all pupils are evident and ingrained in the culture and ethos of the school. Not unlike every other school, there is considerable pressure to maintain standards and good status, but the school’s leadership recognises that one of its key contributing tools for success has been the importance placed on competitive sport. Through sport, the children begin to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, teamwork, and ambition: qualities that they are then able to use in their learning within the classroom.

From an early age, competitive sport is nurtured and encouraged, with KS1 pupils preparing for and entering local competitions in athletics, football, and gymnastics. In KS2, the school’s aim is for every child to take part in at least one sport festival, with staff identifying the pupils with specific talents in, for example, football, tennis or orienteering. Skills are taught through P.E. lessons and through a wide variety of sports provision offered after school, both through teachers but also through highly skilled sports coaches who, with their skill and interventions. This is led by class teachers and our Total Sport providers. This enables not only the less active pupils, but also the most able children to develop their skills in specific sporting interventions. This helps pupils to build on key skills ahead of tournaments and competitions and further develop their resilience, teamwork and passion of the sports which they participate in.

In Year 5 & 6, we deliver a Sports Leadership programme which is led by the HSSP (The Harrogate School Sports Partnership). Pupils use this to teach, plan and assess PE lessons and provide extra-curricular sporting opportunities for other pupils. This is an engaging project for all pupils. We also have a Year 6 SSOC (School Sports Organisational Crew), who lead play sessions during lunch times and who accompany other pupils to inter-school competitions in the area to act as mentors and supporters. This year, this group of eager sportspeople and most able pupils have also had the opportunity to organise and lead our Sport Relief fundraising activities.

The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to try new sports such as badminton, netball, yoga and mindfulness, lacrosse, tennis, football, multi-skills, hockey, cricket, rounders, athletics and orienteering. We monitor participation and check uptake against gender, SEND and free school meals. We also enter a wide range of competitions in these sports and have progressed to the North Yorkshire finals in a range of sports.

Partnership Work

Our school is part of the Harrogate School Sports Partnership, a group of over 40 primary schools and 2 secondary schools, which meet every term to plan competitions for the children and share good practice. We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in inter-school competitions and use the wider range of resources which the secondary schools in the cluster are able to offer. There are a wide range of competitions, which allow all children to compete; for example, we have recently participated in a football tournament, swimming gala and KS1 multi-skills event. In the Cluster we share documents we have produced; for example, a session was spent looking at how pupils are assessed, and successful pro-formas shared between us.

Sport events include: orienteering, rounders, tennis, cricket, golf, athletics, gymnastics, dance and rugby, and at Knaresborough St John’s there is 100% effort given in every event. The children’s achievements, for participation or success, are celebrated each time in assembly and regular updates are posted on Twitter and in our school newsletter.

We recognise the impact upon community cohesion, which is strengthened through the school’s involvement in competitive sport. Pupils from local primary schools build good relationships with other children with whom they will move to secondary school with.

Parental involvement is good at St John’s, with many of our parents offering to support or just come along and cheer on the team, and our relationships with parents are deeper and stronger as a result.

Whilst some schools choose to prioritise core subjects over the development of a strong sporting culture, we believe that the positive benefits upon the development of a child’s character of competitive sport, believing wholeheartedly that a child who learns to be resilient, disciplined, respectful and determined in the sports field will apply the same skills within the classroom.

To find out more information on the Harrogate School Sports Partnership please visit

Information links related to funding and impact

  • July 2022 - Evidencing the Impact of the Primary P.E. and Sports Premium - The report for our school can be read by clicking here
  • Click here to see the Harrogate Sports Partnership Key Indicators of Improvement

 Our 2022-23 PE/Sports Funding Breakdown:

How we plan to spend our PE Premium this year…

School Sports Partnership

Inclusion in the School Sports Partnership.                         

  • A PE and school Sport Specialist employed through the Partnership to positively impact on PE and School Sport at St. John’s e.g. supporting Greater Depth pathways, continuing to achieve the Gold standard for the School Games Award, provide support for PE subject leader role, workforce development, work on leadership opportunities, membership of the Youth Sport Trust as well as developing the new PE curriculum and assessment systems.
  • Employ a full time PDM (Partnership Development Manager) and Competitions Organiser to maintain and implement a year-round competition calendar throughout Harrogate and District.
  • Running sport competitions and increasing pupils’ participation in Level 2 School Games.

Staff Investment

  • Funding the Real PE Scheme to provide training for staff and a progressive curriculum for the children
  • Fund professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and School Sport.
  • Fund professional development opportunities for using ICT in the PE curriculum.
  • Funding a new assessment framework for PE in the new National Curriculum.
  • Increase leadership capacity of subject leader and SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) at St. John’s to share and develop the latest, innovative practice in PE and School Sport.
  • Hire specialist coaches to work with staff when teaching PE, as well as leading after school clubs.
  • Hire specialist coaches for KS1 with a focus on the fundamentals of movement.

Inspire Children 

  • Supporting and engaging 100% of Pupil Premium children in extra-curricular clubs.
  • Increase the number of extra-curricular clubs with a focus on healthy living.
  • Supporting Pupil voice through the SSOC
  • Support the Young Leader programme to increase activities available at lunchtimes.
  • Develop opportunities for children to be inspired in the PE curriculum.(New resources/ Visitors to school for workshops/ PE-themed school trips)

Totals   £  18,840