Sport and Fitness

A winning routine for St Mary's in the Cluster Gymnastics Festival in March.

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Sport at St Mary's

We value the contribution sport and fitness make to our lives. Sport builds on the values we hold dear at St Mary's, such as team work, having a positive self image and striving to achieve.

There are many afterschool clubs which have a sport and fitness focus and  children regularly participate in inter-school events. St Mary's has two Football Teams (Girls and Boys), and a Netball Team who compete in the Cluster Netball League.

Every summer, St Mary's holds its popular sports day in which all children participate and achieve.

Swimming takes place annually for specific year groups with the aim of ensuring all children are competent and safe when in the water.

Sports Premium Grant 

The 'Sports Premium' grant is £8500. St Mary's adds more money to this from school funds in order to provide every class with a session of specialist sports coaching every week of the year. This also provides Professional Development opportunities for staff, who observe and participate in these specialist sessions and then teach a follow up session with their classes.


Details of how our Sports Premium Grant spending in 2017 - 2018 can be found here (or by clicking the image below). The Sports Premium Grant is supplemented by school funds as well as PTA support in order to provide the high standard and wide range of sporting experiences the children at St Mary's enjoy.


School Games GOLD Award

To be awarded the gold award we must have:

  • a system in place to track children’s participation in the School Games,
  • opportunities which attract less active children to participate,
  • considered the inclusive nature of our school sport provision,
  • have a positive approach to delivering physical activity,
  • held a Level 1 School Games Day as the culmination of a year round programme,
  • a calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunity for SEN children to take part,
  • provision for two hours of PE timetabled for every child and extra curriculum provision in addition to this.


At St. Mary’s 72% of children are engaged in extra-curricular activity each week. 22% of our non-active pupils are currently participating for the first time in a sporting activity each week.  Extra-curricular clubs have included; Netball, Girls Football team coaching, Boys Football team coaching, Basketball, Year 1 to Year 6 Football coaching, Dodgeball, Tennis, Running Club, Athletics Club, Tag-Rugby, KS2 Cricket, EYFS Dance, KS1 Dance, and KS2 Dance.


20% of St Mary’s children have been engaged in leading, managing and officiating our School Games Sports Day, Hula hoop experience, and Sports for Champions Event.  These children were from our School Sports Council (two children from each KS2 class are voted on to the Council by their peers), and our Year 6 Prefects.


The list of events St Mary’s attended in the 2016-2017 academic year include;

  • Minety Mixed Tag-Rugby Festival (Year 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6)
  • Year 1 and 2 Mixed Football Festival
  • Year 4,5, and 6 Girls Football Festival
  • Year 5 and 6 High Fives Netball Festival
  • KS2 Cross-Country Festival
  • Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala
  • Year 5 and 6 School Games Swimming Finals at Marlborough College
  • Year 5 and 6 Hockey Festival
  • Reception to Year 6 Gymnastics Festival
  • KS2 Dance Festival
  • KS1 Wake and Shake Festival (St Mary’s hosted)
  • KS1 Orienteering Festival (St Mary’s hosted)
  • KS2 Mixed Tag-Rugby Festival
  • Reception to Year 6 Cluster Athletics Festival
  • Netball League Matches (and friendlies)
  • Year 5 and 6 Girls Football League and Cup Matches
  • Year 5 and 6 Boys Football League and Cup Matches (and friendlies)


Other sporting events in the school have included;

  • Sports for Champions – a sponsored event where the children were active and met Para-Olympian Beverly Jones.
  • Skip 2 B Fit Event
  • Savage Skills Cross-Country Bike Stunt Team Visit
  • The Hula Hoop Challenge Event
  • Leadership Training for Year 6
  • Year 3 – extended sporting activities at Bradon Forest Secondary School
  • The official opening of Bradon Forest Sports Hall – in which the Athletics team participated
  • Chance to Shine Interclass Cricket Matches  


We repeated our annual Sports Survey 2016-17 with children and staff and the graphs below show the results: 



Swimming Proficiency Audit



Sports Opportunities and Events at St Mary’s Primary School 2016-2017


Staff Managed Clubs:

  • Netball Club - Yr 4 (Invitation only), Yr 5 and 6 (Friendly and League matches played).
  • Girls Football Club – Yr5 and Yr 6 - Coached by ESC Sports Coaches. (Friendly and League matches played).
  • Boys Football Club – Yr 5 and Yr 6 - Coached by ESC Sports Coaches. (Friendly and League matches played).
  • Running Club – Yrs 3 to 6.
  • Cricket Club – Yr 4, 5 and 6. Available in Term 6 – provided by Chance to Shine Cricket Association.


Enrichment Clubs (available at extra cost): 

  • Mixed Football – Coached by ESC Sports Coaches.
  • Tag Rugby – Coached by ESC Sports Coaches.
  • Dodgeball – Coached by ESC Sports Coaches.
  • EYFS Dance – Spotlight Dance School.
  • KS1 Dance – Spotlight Dance School.
  • KS2 Dance – Spotlight Dance School.
  • EYFS to Yr. 6 – Tennis provided by Purton Tennis Club.


Sports Cluster Events:

  • Yr1/2 Mixed Football Festival.
  • Yr 4/5/6 Girls Football Festival.
  • Yr 5/6 Netball Festival.
  • Yr3/4/5/6 Cross Country Running Festival.
  • Yr 5/6 Swimming Gala.
  • Yr 5/6 Hockey Festival.
  • EYFS, Yr ½ Fundamentals Festival.
  • EYFS to Yr 6 Gymnastics Festival.
  • Yr 3 to 6 Dance Festival.
  • Yr 3/4/5/6 Tag Rugby Festival.
  • KS2 Orienteering Festival.
  • KS1 Orienteering Festival.
  • KS1 Wake and Shake Festival.
  • Yr 5/6 Quick Cricket Festival.
  • KS2 Tri-Golf Festival.


Other events include:

  • Yr 5/6 Netball League Festival
  • Yr 5/6 Chance to Shine Cricket Festival.
  • Yr 3/4/5/6 Minety Tag-Rugby Festival.
  • Yr 5/6 Swindon Girls Cricket Festival.


Whole School Events:

  • EYFS and KS1 Sports Day.
  • KS2 Sports Day.
  • Sports for Champions Sponsored Event – Visit by Commonwealth or Olympic Champion.
  • Skip2bFit Demonstration.
  • MAD Stunt Bicycle Demonstration Team.


Our Sports Coaching Survey of 2015-16 asked children and staff about the impact of these sessions. The results were very positive. The children's responses were as follows:

Results of the Pupil Voice Survey 2016

The children were asked if there were other sports that they would like to be available as a club afterschool.  This pie chart represents the views of the 81 children who returned their forms.  St Mary's is delighted to say that the children in Cross Country Club have literally run hundreds of miles between them!


Pupil's Voice - Which Clubs?

We are always looking to extend the variety of clubs offered so that every child can be involved in sport regularly.

Of the teaching staff surveyed, 95% said their own P.E. teaching had improved as a result of the coaching sessions last academic year.

This Logo was designed by St. Mary's Pupils (2015) and is now used across the Cluster!

Cluster Logo