At West Thurrock Academy, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude, academic achievement and health of all our children.
Our Sporting Successes
The school is committed to wide levels of participation in sport and we take part in various competitive sports throughout the academic year. Pupils compete in the Primary School Sports Partnership, Thurrock Schools Football League, cricket leagues and cup competitions. In the summer term, children that excel in athletics compete against other schools in the Borough Olympics and have the opportunity to showcase their talents across a range of track and field events.
We are delighted that the football and athletic teams have enjoyed sporting success in recent years. Many of our past pupils have been selected for the Thurrock district team and for Essex county, which we are very proud of.
The school receives additional money from the government to improve PE and sport provision. The P.E. and Sport Premium Funding at West Thurrock Academy is used to improve and sustain high-quality PE and sports provision. It ensures that our pupils benefit from an ongoing legacy of enriched sport, exercise and healthy lifestyles.
- To improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision within the academy, to implement a well-planned and competently delivered curriculum with the use of teachers and specialist coaches where required.
- To increase participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels of which they are capable.
- Detailed PE Improvement Plan with short and long-term targets that enable all pupils to progress and achieve.
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses of the funding include:
- Expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and weaknesses in PE and sport, and implement plans for improvement;
- Employing specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE;
- Working alongside outside agencies and partners to develop the aspirations of pupils through sport;
- Providing quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport;
- Encourage competitive sports against other schools and host regular inter-house sports competitions for pupils of all ages;
- Provide the least active groups of pupils, and children that lack confidence and self-esteem, with a range of extra-curricular activities and residential visits;
- Provide opportunities for more able children to excel in a range of sporting activities;
- Purchase specialist equipment in order develop the quality of teaching for effective learning and to introduce non-traditional sports to the school.
Our overall aim is to raise standards in P.E. and school sport, increasing the participation and opportunities offered to our children. We aim to provide higher quality lessons and improved learning for all.
Please click on the link to see how the school intends to utilise the Primary School's Sports Fund.