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Menheniot Primary School's Vision Statement


 “To be a leading village primary school where every individual is
welcomed, respected, motivated and enabled to develop their diverse abilities,
within a happy, stimulating and challenging environment.”


At Menheniot Primary School we believe that PE & Sport play an important role in making our vision statement a reality for every pupil and that it has the potential to change young people's lives for the better. We welcomed the Government's announcement in June 2013 to provide additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. We are committed to using this resource in developing high quality PE lessons and in providing greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for all our young people.


What Does the Sport Premium Mean for My School?


"Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this." (DfE, June 2013)


At Menheniot Primary School we have split up the funding by the three key areas for consideration: Physical Education, Healthy Active Lifestyles and Competitive Sport. We are spending the Sport Premium Grant on the following:


  • To increase participation in sport
  • To improve and develop teacher skills
  • To ensure that all children reach their sporting potential
  • To improve the quality of PE provision
  • To promote a healthy lifestyle, impacting on progress and attainment
  • To ensure that good foundations are laid in Key Stage 1
  • To be inclusive


We are working to a three year plan which specifies how we intend to use the funding each year. We are part of Arena, a Sports Partnership, based at Callington Community College, which provides staff development opportunities and competitions and leagues. Liskeard School and Community College also provides the children with opportunities for inter-school sports and competitions.


In addition to the above, we focus on a different sports coaching programme each year, using specialist coaches. In the first year, classes had six weeks of specialist coaching in Football, Dance, Cricket and in KS2 Athletics. Teachers received staff development through working with the coaches and observing. Feedback was very positive and the majority of staff felt that they had up-skilled as a result. In the second year we provided coaching in Tennis and Gymnastics. In 2015-2016 the children had specialist coaching in Hockey and Football in the Autumn Term. In the Spring Term, they had Gymnastics coaching and in the Summer Term, they received Athletics coaching. As mentioned above the teachers are working alongside this coaching and all feel that this has been very beneficial in terms of staff development and that they have a greater number of ideas for activities and an improved knowledge of the children's progression within the sports being coached. It has also given them the opportunity to observe the children in their classes and this has resulted in an improved awareness of the progress and attainment of individuals, their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have then used this to inform their PE planning to ensure that they meet the needs of the children within their class.


In Spring 2015, we had a climbing wall constructed in our school grounds (partly funded by the Sport Premium Grant and partly funded by Menheniot School Association) with the aim of providing opportunities that many of our pupils would not have had before, increasing the range of sport on offer and of encouraging more physical activity at playtimes and lunchtimes. As a result, the children have been more active at playtimes and some have improved their co-ordination.


We hope to improve the surfacing in the area beside the Climbing Wall so that this can be used all year around and we also hope to reinstate the Long Jumping Pit in 2017-2018.


What is the impact? What have we achieved so far?

  • We frequently participate in local competition and have achieved considerable success in inter-school competition (Arena Primary Football League, Chance to Shine Cricket, East Cornwall Cross Country League, Caradon Hockey League, Liskeard Netball League). In Autumn 2015 we won the Liskeard Netball League and in Spring 2016, we won the Hockey League. Our Football Team came 4th in the area Football League which spanned from October 2016 until May 2017. In addition our Cross Country Team did extremely well with plenty of children winning medals and the Yr 3/4 and Yr 5/6 girls winning plates.
  • Pupil enthusiasm is high. A survey completed in November 2016 showed that 94% of children enjoyed PE and Sport in school. Some examples of comments of the comments made were: 'I am excited about PE, I look forward to PE, I like it when I run around the field, I like circuits. I love sports and thank you for keeping me fit at Menheniot Primary School.'
  • Pupil involvement is high. All children are fully involved in Sport and PE and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports.
  • Staff confidence in teaching PE has increased as a result of working alongside experienced coaches. One member of staff, when surveyed in November 2016, said that 'coaching has given me new ideas and greater confidence'. This was echoed by the other responses received.
  • Staff knowledge and understanding of teaching sport has increased and attitudes are very positive.
  • Table tennis and a climbing wall have been introduced and are being used during most playtimes - children commented on this in the survey, saying that they enjoyed being able to play table tennis and the climbing wall has given them new skills.
  • Children have been motivated to join clubs and sporting activities outside school. 69% of all children, when asked in Dec 2016, took part in sports clubs - this is a 10% increase. In the Autumn Term 2016, 56% of children participated in the Cross Country, Hockey and Football Clubs. This percentage increased as the Spring and Summer sporting clubs took place. Each year we aim that 100% of children will have attended an extra-curricular sporting club during the academic year.
  • The prioritising of PE and Sport has had a positive impact on the children's knowledge and understanding about the importance of keeping fit and healthy. They are able to talk at length about the benefits of keeping fit and of being active and about about how important it is to eat a balanced diet and to look after themselves.

We are aiming to continue to raise pupil involvement in sport, to encourage all pupils to participate in after school sporting clubs and to continue to provide specialist coaching.



Staff knowledge and skills are continually being upgraded due to access to training opportunities and through working with the sports coaches. As a result the teaching in PE has improved and the teachers have a better bank of ideas for delivering the PE curriculum.

We hope, that through giving the children opportunities to be involved in different sports, that they will find a sport that they particularly enjoy and that they will continue to participate in once they leave Menheniot and that the enthusiasm that they have for sport and PE (evident in our November 2016 Survey) will continue. When discussing health and fitness with the children, they are able to explain all the components for a healthy lifestyle and know what they need to do in order to keep fit and healthy. We hope that they will continue to build upon this knowledge and understanding as they move into secondary education and beyond.