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Sports Premium


Our effective Use of PE Sports Premium Funding


For the academic year 2018/2019, Paddocks Primary School received approximately £17,710 which we spent to improve our physical education and sport provision in the following ways:

We contributed £3,475 of funding to our local network, the Forest Heath Schools Sports Partnership. Membership of this partnership allows us to participate in a wide variety of inter-school tournaments in the Newmarket and Mildenhall area.  On average children from Paddocks take part in 15 different inter-school sporting fixtures per year from football to tennis and cricket.  Membership also included;

  • Training for midday supervisors to help enhance sport activities during lunch breaks.
    • Sport Leader training. A selection of Year Five and Six children undertook Sport Leader training.  During the lunch hour these children, often gifted and talented, organised and lead small group activities for KS1.  Children then worked closely with other volunteers from upper Key Stage 2 to ensure that a wide pool of children were available during lunch breaks to lead high quality P.E and sporting activities for younger children.  This contributed to a good atmosphere of behaviour in the school I addition to ensure that children had access to quality sports provision during break times.
    • Four, six hour coaching sessions (24 hours in total), during which specialist, trained professional coaches worked alongside both children and teachers to ensure the delivery of high quality sports.  For the academic year 2018/19, coaches delivered, rugby, tennis, dodgeball and netball training across all year groups in KS2. Not only did these sessions offer the children a superb opportunity to develop their skills under the tutelage of a trained level 3 professional coach, but teachers, working alongside them, further developed their own curriculum knowledge and delivery practice.
    • Balanceability for children in Year One.


We used £13,180 (for the year 2018/2019) to fund Premier Sports sessions. This professional agency supported the school in its delivery of P.E lessons by providing weekly coaching opportunities across all year groups.  Additionally, they also provided;

    • Four lunch time club sessions per week where Premier Sports staff use a variety of resources to engage KS2 children in sporting activities during the lunch hour.  These are extremely well attended (registers are kept) and indicate a broad increase in the attendance of children taking part in extra-curricular sporting activities.
    • Three after school clubs (dance and drama, multisports and gymnastics) which are part funded by the school (£2,100) to ensure that more children are able to access them.  Club attendance is extremely high, once again demonstrating how children in Paddocks are enthusiastically engaged in sporting activities.

In addition;

  • We funded Year Four children in swimming, organised by Suffolk Norse.
  • We contributed towards a level 1/2 Bikeability training course for Year Five and Six children during the summer term which was attended by almost forty children. 
  • We purchased additional resources and used a professional company to maintain the school’s gymnastics equipment. Thus, staff and children have access to an excellent range of sports equipment. 
  • We maintained the school grounds and football playing area. 
  • We invested in a new kit for inter-school matches. 
  • We broadened out curriculum through specialist sports days including a mixed martial arts day which the whole school attended. 


For the 2019/2020 academic year we hope to:


  • Invest in new bike and scooter racks to encourage a greater proportion of children to come to school in a variety of alternatives to the car. 
  • Provide/purchase additional resources for break and lunchtime to enhance playground activities. 
  • Fund a Bikeability course for Year Three/Four. 
  • Increase the range of after school provision to include sports such as netball. 
  • Invite ex athletics to lead on whole school assemblies.


Impact so far:


  • In summer 2019, Paddocks Primary school achieved a gold School Games Mark. 
  • A whole school ethos centred on the provision of quality games and sports. 
  • Greater attendance at after school clubs, including an increase in the proportion of disadvantaged pupils. 
  • Upskilled teacher’s subject knowledge and confidence with delivery of PE, through our involvement with Premier Sports’ coaches. This will help to ensure sustainable improvement for the future. 
  • Broader range of sports and activities offered to all children, through PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs and our Play Leader scheme. 
  • Increased number of children being chosen to represent Paddocks at the Forest Heath Gifted and Talented Workshop.


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Swimming at Paddocks Primary School is extremely important to us.  As a life-saving skill we encourage all of our children to achieve the National expectation of 25m unaided swimming.  Our current Cohort of 25 Year Six children (13 girls, 12 boys with 3 on the school’s SEND register), all achieved the gold swimming award at Newmarket Leisure Centre at the end of their time in Year Four.

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

Percentage of current Year Six children who can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters.



Percentage of our current Year Six cohort who can use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.



Percentage of our current Year Six cohort who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.