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Our Lady of LourdesCatholic Primary School & Nursery

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Welcome to the website of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Yardley Wood, Birmingham. If you are worried about a child please speak to a DSL in school or telephone 01213031888 - CASS. If you think a child is in immediate danger please phone 999. We are an Operation Encompass School

PE and Sports Premium

PE and Sports Premium Grant at Our Lady of Lourdes


At Our Lady of Lourdes we are committed to providing high quality PE teaching and learning because we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and many sporting extra-curricular opportunities and competition have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude, academic achievement and life skills of all our children. Relevant documents about the use of our DfE Sports Premium can be found at the bottom of this information page. You can also see our PE overview on the Curriculum Pages of the website.


These sporting experiences provide a vital contribution to a pupil’s physical, mental, moral and social development. Physical Education and Sport is for all, we endeavour to give all our pupils, irrespective of their academic or physical ability, the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a balanced programme of activities.


We believe that Physical Education and involvement in sport can, and should promote a wide variety of personal skills, competences and qualities such as perseverance, enthusiasm, enjoyment, tolerance, respect, fairness and reliability. Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development.


Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Therefore both teachers and children should be aware of its importance. We provide the broad and balanced programme of physical education we believe every child should have; with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged. The range of competitive and non-competitive physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education.


This premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils and to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.


The Government does not tell schools how to spend this money but does make some suggestions about the best ways to meet the aims of the grant:
“Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:

  • hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
  • support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
  • provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
  • run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools
  • pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • provide cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • buy quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs


The funding must also be carefully spent so that all children benefit, regardless of their interests, performance or sporting ability; in addition, most able children are appropriately challenged and given the opportunities to compete in competitions and tournaments and that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development within this key area of pupil development.


Schools are accountable for how they have spent this funding and must publish information about their use of the premium on their website by April each year. Schools should publish:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has or will be spent
  • what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future
  • curriculum developments for PE
  • schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle


At Our Lady of Lourdes we have established purposeful links with outside professional agencies, provided a range of extra-curricular PE and sport activities and designed our curriculum delivery to ensure our children are provided with the best possible physical education experiences, with particular regard to the Government’s five key indicators noted below:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport
  • Development of teh whole child through the head, heart, hands model


Our Aims for Physical Education at OLOL

Using movement as a medium for learning and expression, physical education plays an integral part of our school curriculum. Through participation and observation children learn about their own bodies and discover their physical potential. Further to this our central aims are to:

  • Create positive attitudes towards and experiences of physical activity by offering opportunities for every child to succeed, develop and progress.
  • Develop physical awareness and ability i.e. flexibility, mobility, co-ordination, body shape, posture etc. by engaging the children in suitable, challenging activities
  • Develop responsible attitudes towards safety of self and others
  • Develop artistic and aesthetic understanding within and through physical movement
  • Develop social co-operation and positive attitudes and to participate and compete with a sense of fair play.
  • Provide equality of opportunity for all children across all aspects of physical education.
  • Provide experiences of co-operation and competition to interest and challenge all pupils and develop their attitudes to physical activity and sport


Team Selection at OLOL

When we are choosing sporting teams to represent the school in festivals or competitive events, we ensure that a range of children are selected. Over a child's time at OLOL, they will have opportunities each year to be selected for opportunities but we expect to see the following, if children wish to be selected:

  • Effort and performance in PE lessons and other sporting opportunities in school
  • Attendance and commitment to the sport, any training offered etc.
  • Showing good sportsmanship and attitude to others
  • We will share opportunities equally between children displaying similar talents or attributes so that rather than having a school team that is set in stone, every child knows they can keep trying to be on that team
  • We will provide opportunities for children identified as ‘more able’ in specific sports


In addition, children who wish to represent the school outside must also be doing so inside and children who are on any behaviour report or contract will not be eligible for team selection while this is the case – we do not want children to feel that good sporting attitude is in any way different to a good learning or conduct attitude. Parents can imagine how this translates into adult life and how team members are not selected to represent their country or country if their behaviour is not acceptable...


Here at Our Lady of Lourdes we have a long and much celebrated history of playing sport. This funding has allowed us to develop and enhance this provision.