What is Sports Premium?

Schools must use Sports Premium funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport a school offers.

This means that the premium should be used to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that your 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 are able to use the premium to secure improvements in the following 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

All primary schools receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus £10 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll.  Here at Mereside Primary we aim is to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised, with all children, regardless of their background, engaging in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision.



Mereside Primary Academy's funding allocation for the year 2022-2023 is estimated to be £18,850.  Further information about how we are using our PE and Sport Premium can be found below.

Sports/PE Premium Funding

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Mereside Primary PE Curriculum Statement 

All children have regular PE lessons which cover games, dance, gymnastics. Years 4 and 5 have weekly swimming lessons at Palatine baths. Outdoor adventure activities are planned as part of the residential educational visits to Water Park at Years 4 and 6. Members of staff regularly attend and participate in these on a voluntary basis.

Children are taught the importance of a physically active lifestyle including personal hygiene. They are taught to plan, improve and evaluate their own performance and that of others. They are taught the importance of warm up and cool down activities. Children are given the opportunity to learn safely how to develop strength, stamina and control of their bodies through carefully structured challenges.

Extra-Curricular activities include clubs in football, netball and rugby which are held weekly with a variety of other sporting clubs being held for a shorter time period. These have included judo, badminton, multi skills, cup stacking and cheerleading.

The school takes part in inter school tournaments and competitions as well as local ones.

Our annual sports day aims to be inclusive and is a mixture of team and individually scored activities.

Children are given the opportunity to develop their own skills and foster teamwork within a framework of consideration and tolerance.