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At St Katharine’s, we are committed to ongoing and sustained improvement in school PE and sport. As a school that has always valued sport and PE and the place of competition and participation, we look to build on these foundations by promoting staff development in our own and other schools.

The Department for Education objectives for the funding are:

  1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles

  2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvements

  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

  5. increased participation in competitive sport

Scroll down to find details of how we used the PE Premium, in PDF format;

AfPE Award

We are delighted to able to share that we have been awarded the afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity (PESSPA) with Distinction. Our report said: "The panel were so impressed by the quality of your application and the Validator’s feedback, that your application documentation has been submitted to the Department for Education as a model of good practice." The validator  highlighted a number of reasons for the award including: 

  • Leadership and management is outstanding and the commitment of SLT and the whole staff towards PESSPA  is excellent and continuous 

  • The school has put an amazing amount of time and effort into setting up a curriculum which embeds school and playground values, PSHE and Wellbeing. It is unique and inspiring 

  • Standards are extremely high and there is a strong and varied provision for pupils to engage not just as participants but as performers, coaches, leaders and change advocates 

  • The support for all pupils and staff to ensure they can all be the best they can be is to be celebrated.

  • The range, quality and relevance of PESSPA to ensure full access for all pupils is excellent 

  •  Pupils are highly articulate about their experiences and how the whole school shares the importance of Physical Activity and how that improves their health and well-being 

  • PESSPA is definitely at the heart of school life and there is a solid and continuous commitment to keep developing and improving


School Games Mark - PLATINUM

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to develop competition both within the school and across the community. In 2018/2019 we were delighted to receive the Platinum award at the Dorset PE Conference. Participation in this process also allows us to evaluate our PE provision and assist with plans for development in the future.


Sporting Ambassadors


Our Sporting Ambassadors have been carefully chosen for showing the following qualities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Each of them are:


  • approachable and have a good relationship with all children

  • positive role models and have a good attitude towards learning and playing sports

  • strong leaders and supportive team members

  • engaging and inspiring to others

  • organised and creative


The role of a Sporting Ambassador is very important as they are responsible for planning, organising and delivering fun and exciting sporting events and activities to encourage others to be more physically active during their time at school. Our Sporting Ambassadors carry out roles including: delivering and evaluating an age related 6 week multi-skilled festival for Early Years; running daily Change4Life lunchtime challenges; leading warm up/cool down sessions during their own PE lessons,; writing an article for the school newsletter and they continue to inspire and engage others in physical activity throughout the school. 

‘Change 4 Life’ and our Playtime and Lunchtime Leaders


Change4life is a national campaign that aims to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity for those who are less active. The government guidelines state that ALL children must be physically active for 30 minutes or more per day (in school) and an additional 30 minutes out of school, so it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that every child achieves this target.

At St Katharine’s, our Change4life group organise and deliver break/lunchtime activities (alongside Sporting Ambassadors) aiming to engage all children to take part and enjoy the physically challenging and brain stimulating activities.

Through this targeted approach, our Change4 life and school initiatives have ensured that 100% of our children achieve 30 minutes per day of physical activity.

Youth Sport Trust Conference

Awards 2024

We were thrilled to be awarded 'highly commended' in the category for 'Outstanding Primary Practice' at the Youth Sport Trust Conference.

At St Katharine's, wellbeing and physical activity is at the centre of our vision, 'Forever Flourishing', and is one of our SEASIDE curriculum themes, 'Sport and Wellbeing'.

We are proud of the contributions of all our staff who go over and above to ensure a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities for all our children and a high quality PE curriculum.

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