PE & Sports Premium
At Ridgeway, children are encouraged to develop a passion for sport and everyone acquires a wide variety of physical skills in many different ways.
All year groups have weekly PE lessons (covering the National Curriculum) that include indoor and outdoor sports (such as football, rugby, hockey, netball and volleyball) as well as gymnastics and dance. We have ample outdoor space, including a field and all-weather Multi Use Games Area, which enables us to explore a range of physical education pursuits.
Following a successful bid for National Lottery Funding, we installed a Daily Mile rubber mulch track on our field in the summer of 2019. This enables all our pupils to participate in the Daily Mile initiative (which encourages 15 minutes of exercise every day) in all weathers.
After school, we hold clubs, run by external coaches, that provide further opportunities for children to engage in a range of sports in a non-competitive environment. Examples include: Tae-Kwon-Do, tennis and football.
Our school regularly participates in competitive sports events, to provide our children with the opportunity to compete with other schools as individuals and in team sports. Annually, we enter U11 teams into the Croydon Netball and Football competitions. There are also other events that take place throughout the year, in which children from our school compete, including: cross-country, Croydon Swimming Gala and Croydon Athletics Championships. Every year, our children enjoy success in these highly competitive individual events.
We are a member of the Croydon Schools Sports Partnership, which provides our school with staff training and development, expert advice and guidance on teaching and learning strategies, and regular competitions and events for all ages in a range of sports and activities.
In April 2021, 42* out of 87 pupils in our year 6 cohort met the minimum standard in swimming. This means pupils could:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
(*It should be noted that, due to Covid-19 and the closure of swimming pools preventing access for assessment, this figure is taken from children’s self-assessment.)
PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools
The PE and Sport Premium aims to help primary schools to ensure pupils have access to sufficient daily activity. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The government stipulates that schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education (PE), physical activity and sport.
This means schools should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that the school provides
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
The report for the school’s use of the PE and Sport Premium can be found via the link below: