As a result of their commitment to physical education and school sport, the school now holds the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Kitemark. This award recognises the schools’ sporting dedication/achievements and to achieve ‘Gold’ the Academy must engage at least 50% of its pupils in extra-curricular sport. Parents have also recognised the contribution of these activities to the wellbeing of their sons/daughters. In a recent survey of parents (n=80) all noted that their children had taken part in an extra-curricular club and had benefited from increased confidence and better social skills with peers.
Staff impact Spotlight on Schools
Delce Academy is a larger than average Primary School (7-11 age range) in Medway with over 400 children currently attending. It is a fully inclusive school which draws pupils from the local community and received a ‘Good’ rating from its last OFSTED inspection.
Delce has had a long-standing commitment to physical education and sport. All pupils take part in two hours of high quality physical education (PE) each week and teachers have high expectations in the subject, not just for pupils’ physical achievement but as a way of developing the children’s wider skills. This philosophy is promoted by the school Principal who values the contribution that physical education and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle has in a holistic approach to children’s education. The school has built a strong reputation for physical education and in the past three years has seen a rise in the number of pupils taking part in inter-school matches and representation for Medway at the School Games. Notably the school has three full-time specialist physical education teachers whose roles include
teaching curricular and cross-curricular lessons and running out of hours clubs. Extra-curricular provision is supported with links to local community clubs like Medway Athletics Club and Sport’s National Governing Bodies for Handball and Korfball.
Sports Premium Spend
The school has used about 75% of the Sport Premium spend on maintaining and extending the number of specialist physical education staff. This has enabled the school to provide high quality physical education activities for pupils in the curriculum as well as out of hours clubs. The remaining 25% has been spent buying into the Greenarce Sport Partnership. This provides a comprehensive package of support including: professional learning for teachers and other school staff; support from a cluster school sport co-ordinator (SSCo); a calendar of inter-school competitions (in addition to the School Games events); and support to the local infant school and extra swimming lessons.
The Greenacre partnership supports swimming at the school by offering lessons at weekends for all children and
has been instrumental in helping pupils achieve their swimming goals. One result of this additional support has been an increase in water confidence of those who were weak swimmers and some of the pupils are reporting that they now encourage and support their once reluctant parents to join them in the pool. The partnership also provides non- specialist teaching staff at the school with support teaching curriculum PE. This extends over the course of a term within a framework of provision which starts from a collaborative approach and gradually leads to the class teacher taking more responsibility for the planning and teaching.
“I really appreciate the stages in teaching PE, and it really helps using sport as a vehicle to promote learning and success.” (non-specialist Teacher) Recently the school has focused on getting more pupils to take part in activities and competitive sport. The link with the Greenacre partnership (which helps to organise inter-school matches) has given pupils the opportunity to take part in an increasingly diverse range of sporting activities. Indeed since 2013 the number of pupils taking part in competitive sports has doubled (from 35 to an estimated 62 pupils) as has the number of different sporting activities on offer (from 8 to 16 sports). One example of this extended offer has been the introduction of new sports like Korfball which runs twice a week after- school and culminated in a weekend competition (where the school finished 2nd).
Through the leadership of Richard Smith (PE co-ordinator) the specialist staff at the school provide a comprehensive physical education experience for staff and pupils. This has embedded whole school priorities into teaching with a focus on core learning skills such as effective listening and communication. In addition the school’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of pupils has been taken forward with the introduction of a Change4Life club which has targeted and supported pupils and families with their lifestyles. This has involved 14 pupils and their parents attending workshops at the school.
Moving forwards the school is looking at purchasing archery equipment to support pupils who would prefer to take part in activities which are more individual in nature and use the sport to engage learners with Maths lessons.
Delce’s commitment to and provision of PE and sport are exemplary. Having an energetic and passionate staff of specialist teachers with a reflective and dedicated PE co-ordinator – supported by the local Partnership – creates a high quality, integrated PE, sport and physical activity experience for its pupils. Above all it recognises the schools important place in the community with pupils, parents and local partners as equal players.
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