At St Stephen Churchtown Academy we recognise that children need to be fit and healthy and understand fitness and health in order to flourish. Every child has opportunities within curriculum time as well as opportunities of quality physical tuition and activity after school; many pupils attend our after school clubs.
Physical activity in all forms is promoted ranging from cross curricular outdoor learning, attending extracurricular clubs, outdoor education residential camps and representing school as a member of one of our successful competitive teams.
We take every opportunity to involve children in sporting opportunities in our locality through collaboration with our cluster schools, wider St Austell and Cornwall based competition and involvement with the Mid Cornwall Sports Partnership.
Children have many opportunities to collaborate in activities such as creating dances, gymnastic routines, and team sports. This is an important feature of developing life skills that are often best understood by children through participation together in physical activity.
Parents are very positive about children learning through activity and participating in a varied range of physical activity opportunities.
As a school we are striving to diversify the range of activity that we can provide for children in order to include as wider range of interests, individual skills and abilities as possible.
We want children to have the opportunity to take part in activities that our locality provides. These include beach safety and surfing, kayaking, cross country running, badminton, karate and orienteering as well as traditional team games like rugby, football, netball and cricket.
Success and participation in sports both in and out of school are regularly celebrated in assemblies and in the newsletter. We want children to be proud of their achievements and inspire their peers to participate.
After School and Lunchtime Clubs
We are fortunate at our school to have staff who lead after school clubs in a range of sports. These change as the year unfolds. However the Sport Premium grant has enabled us to broaden the sport club offer by employing coaches to lead others. At lunchtime we employ staff to lead lunchtime activity sessions as well as developing junior sports leaders. We look closely at attendance of our sporting clubs and listen to our pupils when developing further opportunities.
Membership of the Mid Cornwall Sports Partnership enables us to take part in local and county wide competitions in athletics, badminton, hockey, netball, football, tag rugby, tennis, cross country running, swimming and cricket. There are competitions at cluster level within the St Austell area which act as qualifiers for the Cornwall School games. Additionally there are opportunities for national participation.
Whilst participation in these activities is an important part of the sport experience, we aim to compete to the best of our abilities. We think that children should push themselves to be the best they can be and test their skills against others in a fair and competitive context.
Much of the competitive sport is coordinated by our local secondary school Brannel and through the Mid Cornwall Sports Partnership. They support us by deploying their Junior Sport Leaders to schools to help with training and providing the facilities that we need to offer the range of sports that we do.
How we spend the Sport Premium Grant (See attached table)
Our focus is on broadening the range of opportunities available for our children and the capacity of our staff to teach and lead sport at high level. We have invested in sport coaches to deliver specialist clubs and have trained members of staff to deliver gymnastics. Additionally we have focused on further developing physical activity & behaviour at lunchtime by employing specialist sports coaches to enhance provision and introduce junior sports leaders.
With more competitions on offer we are subsidizing transport costs to enable as many pupils as possible to experience competitive sports and participation in elite events at national level as well as attendance at less mainstream sporting opportunity and ‘festival’ events