PE & Sports Premium Review

A Legacy of Sport

St Nicholas CE Primary Academy is proud of its reputation as a school that values sports participation, opportunity and excellence. We are committed to developing outstanding PE and Sports provision, have been recognised by the Shepway Sports Trust as 'Primary School of the Year for Sport', achieved the 'Gold' School Sports Award and District Upper School Sports Champions, We are proud to have a dedicated PE and Sports staff who promote school sport at all levels.

Gold School Games Award

We have been awarded the School Games Mark Gold award.

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Primary School of the Year

We were voted ‘Primary School of the Year’ by Shepway Sports Trust.

St Nicholas is now widely regarded as the premier school for sport within the District. Last year the school participated in over 20 competitive sporting events, entering over 110 teams and involved every child in KS2 providing both intra- & inter-school competition for our pupils to attend.

Ms Jo Arnold – Shepway Sports Teacher of the Year 2017 and St Nicholas CE Academy School Team of the Year Nominee

Funding for the Sports Premium

In March 2013 the Government announced that it would provide additional funding to primary schools to support the improvement of provision of PE and sport. The funding allocated to headteachers in primary schools is ring-fenced and can only be spent on PE and sport in primary schools. The headteacher and governors are accountable for the spending of the funding.

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

St Nicholas CE Primary Academy – District sports winners – Shepway Upper School Sports Champions 2018, photographed with Jack Green, Double Olympian.

Funding for 2018/19 Academic Year

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1000 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

The funding is received in two payments. Payment dates and further guidance can be found on the DFE website.

How the DfE Calculate Funding

  • Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
  • The DFE determine how many pupils in our school attract the funding using data from the January 2018 school census.


We use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that our school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Schools can use the premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key area indicators:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is 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

At St Nicholas we use funding to:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively and embed physical activity across your school
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • raise attainment in primary school swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2

Active miles - Where schools choose to take part in an active mile, use of existing playgrounds, fields, halls and sports facilities are used to incorporate an active mile into the school day and develop a lifelong habit of daily physical activity.

Raising attainment in primary school swimming - The premium is used to fund the professional development and training that are available to schools to train staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.

We also use the premium to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. At the end of key stage 2 all pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water.

Accountability – The governing body and Ofsted assesses how we use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and hold school leaders to account for this.

St Nicholas Spending Plans & Reviews

Year 6 Swimming Evidence