We are delighted to have been awarded the School Games GOLD award for 3 years running from 2016 - 2019. 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. The Sports Premium funding has been a significant factor in achieving this accolade as outlined in more detail below. 

Sports Premium

The Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport provides funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Please see below for details of how Childer Thornton uses this funding. Also please read the attachments below for information on how we are using our grant for 2017/18 and our allocation for 2017/18 from the DfE.


Aims: To provide high quality sports coaches for all children from Nursery to Y6 in order to improve skills in all aspects of physical education above and beyond those of the National Curriculum; for staff to participate in extra-curricular training sessions; to develop the sports leadership programme and play-leaders scheme for children in Y5 & Y6; to increase the amount of competitive sports on offer and to provide more opportunities for children to compete with pupils from different schools, and at a wider range of venues; to provide opportunities for sport and physical activities for children who attend our out-of-school club; the provision of qualified sports coaches to supervise and coach lunchtime games such as football; local school cluster inter-school competitions and sports festivals – cost of transport, releasing staff, purchase of trophies & equipment; increase opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of events at different venues, both competitive and non-competitive; increase whole school participation in inter-school competitions; increase motivation of children to get involved in sport; subsidised after-school clubs (football, netball, dodgeball, tag rugby, cross-country); to increase the % of pupils taking part in a wider range of after-school sports activities


  • Develop children’s skills in a range of different sports

  • Increase awareness of healthy diet and healthy lifestyles

  • Increase motivation of children to get involved in sport

  • Encourage children to lead sporting activities.

  • To improve skills and participation in team sports, such as football; to encourage pupils to participate in team sports over lunchtime and to improve skills in resolving disputes.

Evidence of Impact as of 31st July 2019

  • Record of football related behaviour incidents has decreased

  • Improved skills in team sports

  • Higher participation by more children in lunchtime games;

  • All PE lessons are judged to be at least good, with many elements outstanding.

  • A higher percentage of pupils are taking part in after-school sports clubs, including weekend clubs such as cross-country

  • A higher percentage of pupils are participating in and representing school in a wide range of inter-school sports activities, both competitive and non-competitive such as netball, football, tennis, rugby, rounders, tri-golf, athletics, cross country, cricket, orienteering, fencing, dance, etc

  • Evidence of performance can be found on newsletters, the school website, record of performance in competitions, trophies on display

  • There has been a significant increase in the number of pupils taking part in after-school sports activities. All are now heavily over-subscribed.

  • School Games Mark GOLD achieved for the 3rd year running