Sports Funding

The Government has given every primary school in England extra funding for sports coaching and physical education. The aim of this funding is to improve sports provision in schools and to create a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This can be achieved by inspiring the sporting stars of the future and encouraging all children to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

It is up to individual schools to decide how the money is used, and we would like to inform parents how we have spent or intend to spend our share of the funding.

Funding for 2016 to 2017 is £5183.

The breakdown of our expenditure is as follows:

Employment of coaches:

  • Mike Bowker - qualified basketball coach and PE teaching assistant at Holy Family School - coaches basketball after school every Friday from September to Easter (Years 5 and 6). Mike coaches Year 5 for the first half of the summer term and Years 4 and 5 for the second half.
  • Johny and Helen Crawford - qualified table tennis coaches - hold two table tennis clubs after school on Wednesdays. The first is for Year 3 (a beginner's course) and the second for Years 4, 5 and 6.
  • Paul Rawlinson - qualified golf coach - has attended school games sessions on Friday afternoons and coached all of Key Stage 2 in Tri Golf. Teams were then selected for a golfing competition. Paul will be joining Mrs Reynolds (PE co-ordinator) to assist in the running of an after school golf club on Thursday evenings. As last year, we hope to hire the local golf driving range for two sessions to enable the children to utilise their skills in the golfing surroundings.
  • Phil Newton - a qualified Jiu Jitsu and martial arts coach - runs a club after school for most of the school year. He is assisted by Mrs Ryan. This club is open to all children in Key Stage 2.
  • Alistair McDougall - qualified cricket coach - joins the school in the summer term to coach cricket (in curriculum time) alongside the class teachers from Years 2 to 6. He also assists with the coaching of Year 5/6 girls cricket team after school on Fridays, alongside other semi-professional cricketers who come to help him.
  • Years 1, 2 and 3 have taken part in yoga lessons with Liane from YoKids. Liane is currently leading SATs stress-busting sessions with Year 6. Reception Class will be having yoga lessons later on in the term.

Our multi-skills club is attended by Years 1 and 2 and is run by Mrs Gawne and Miss Johnston. It is funded through Sports Premium.

A whole school circus skills workshop was held in February 2017.

In the summer term, we will be sending several Year 6 pupils (who are not yet confident swimmers) to Dalton Leisure Centre for 'top-up' lessons, with a swimming coach concentrating on this small group.

Outdoor adventure days are planned for the entire school:

  • Reception Class - orienteering trails in and around the school grounds.
  • Year 1 - Grizedale Forest trail activity day.
  • Year 2 - Adventure day at Brown How, Coniston. Environmental games, rock climbing, shelter building and pizza making.
  • Year 3 - Tree Top Adventure Day - orienteering and problem solving.
  • Year 4 - Canoeing and raft building at Coniston Water.
  • Year 5 - Residential trip to Kepplewray Centre - included archery, tree-climbing, canoeing, team-building, etc.
  • Year 6 - Ghyll scrambling and low fell walking in Coppermines Valley (Coniston).

​We employed Miss Johnston (a teaching assistant and dance coach) for dance sessions for Reception to Year 6. These were held in curriculum time, with the class teachers learning and joining in! The whole school displayed their dances to the rest of the school in special 'Dance Assemblies'.

Year 6 performed their 'A Night at the Movies' routine as part of Ulverston Victoria High School's Dance Platform, which parents could watch. Year 3 performed their 'Around the World' dance at the Forum as part of the U-Dance Festival run by Dare Dance.

Three teaching assistants, Miss Johnston, Miss Kaighan and Mrs Brough, were paid to run and assist before school gymnastics clubs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. These children successfully competed in a local competition.

Thirty two new netballs have been purchased to be used for training purposes.

There will hopefully be other activities, coaching opportunities, etc. throughout the next term. The children of Dane Ghyll have greatly benefitted from the Sports Premium. There is now a much wider variety of pre and after school clubs for them to attend. The percentage of children attending clubs has risen and many children attend every or most of the available clubs appropriate for their year group. A clubs attendance survey will be taken during late March or early April.

Thanks to the expert coaching the children receive, they are attaining higher levels in sport and are more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Many of our children who were previously not engaged in out of school clubs are now involved in community sport due to the encouragement of coaches, teaching assistants, teachers and parents.