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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Curriculum and Learning
  2. Our Curriculum
  3. PE and Sports Funding

PE and Sports Funding

We do lots of work with Sports Partners. Here are some websites that may help parents and carers to access additional sports for their children:

Active Schools Link -

Competition Calendar - Primary

Competition Calendar - Inclusion -

How important is PE in our school?

In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle.

Children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Drighlington Primary School and leave as confident movers, able to play a wide range of sports.

At key stage one, children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At key stage two, in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.

In gymnastics, children use large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer, children do athletics on the track on the school field and also learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.

For most of the school year, children in year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Morley Sports Centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.

As a school we participate in many sporting competitions including multi-skills, gymnastics, football, netball, cross country, rounder’s, cricket, athletics, sports hall athletics, rugby and orienteering. We believe in healthy competition teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat. Over the past few years we have been champions in football, rounder’s, athletics, swimming, cross country and for the last two years we have made the Morley Football final, winning last year.

The school also runs lunch and afterschool clubs, some of which are led by coaches from local teams, teachers and teaching assistants. 

PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of Drighlington Primary School and at least two, hour sessions per week, are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.

There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) for physical education (PE), sport and physical activity to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at school, for two years. We are using the Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision.

We have previously allocated the majority of our sports funding towards a commitment to links with Woodkirk High School. On  a weekly basis, a specialist PE teacher lead PE lessons in our school. Children benefited from intensified coaching, staff benefited by observing as part of their professional development.  Additional funding has been spent on new external football posts to support the teaching of football. Also, a local club uses them for practise and matches, meaning that we are more successful in our efforts to reach out to the wider community. We are currently reviewing  internal coaching through the support of our school based staff and other providers such as Leeds Rhinos.

Our approach to the use of funding ensures that there will be a sustainable improvement to PE provision over time; we agreed to focus on training staff as our key priority so that the children will benefit from the funding even if it ceases to be given to schools in the future.

2018-19 allocation

The PE Grant allocation for 2017/18 was £8,062.

We had a carry forward figure of £6185, giving a total of £14,247. 

We anticipate expenditure of £14,265:

  • £8250 coaching
  • £1000 active schools contribution
  • £140 swim gala
  • £550 Healthy schools SLA
  • £2000 PE equipment
  • £1170 additional teacher
  • £1155 top up swimming and coach

Y6 SWIMMING 2018-19  

Our current Year 6 cohort had swimming lessons in Year 3. They will have top up lessons before they leave for High School. Current records show us that:

  • 78of our Year 6 children can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.
  • 68of our Year 6 children can use a range of strokes effectively.
  • 78of our Year 6 children can perform safe, self-rescue in different water-based situations.
  • Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. We provide additional provision through top up swimming lessons and a swimming gala.

2017-18 allocation and impact

The PE Grant allocation for 2017/18 was £8,444.

Our PE grant funding currently stands at £8974 and includes £530 carry forward from last year's allocation. This year we will spend £8214 on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy) and £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement.  The shortfall of £240 will be paid from school budget.

The support from Woodkirk Academy was of high quality and our teaching team benefited from this specialist coaching. Staff report they feel much more confident and have a wide range of skills they can now draw upon when teaching PE. Swimming for Y4 children is a weekly activity and children are enthusiastic. PE remains to be one of the favoured subjects when we audit children's views on their lessons. 


Swimming and water safety is an important part of the PE curriculum at Drighlington Primary School. Not only is swimming a life-saving skill, many children enjoy swimming as a family activity and the ability to swim opens up a whole range of water-based sports (e.g. diving, water polo). We recognise that swimming is a very inclusive sport as it is one of the most accessible forms of exercise in terms of age, weight and physical ability.

Our children visit Morley Sports Centre on a weekly basis during the first 2.5 terms of Y4. Most children learn to swim during this period of time. During their final half term in Y6, they have top up swimming lessons and visit weekly to recap their skills so that they become more confident and competent swimmers by the time they leave our school.

Y6 SWIMMING 2017-18  

By the time they left our school:

  • 79of our Year 6 children could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.
  • 67of our Year 6 children could use a range of strokes effectively.
  • 58of our Year 6 children could perform safe, self-rescue in different water-based situations.
  • Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. We provided additional provision through top up swimming lessons and a swimming gala.

2016-17 allocation and impact

The P.E. Grant allocation for 2016/17 was £9,614.

£7,500 was spent on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy), £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement.  Some of the balance was spent on P.E. equipment to support continued teaching and additional projects after coaching ended.

The continued impact of specialist sports coaching remains of high quality. Children report that they enjoy lessons and they learn new things as they are taught by a High School coach. Our staff have become confident and are able to deliver good quality lessons in the absence of the coach, due to their time observing High School coaches delivering lesson for the past two years. We remain involved with Leeds Active Schools and often compete against other schools in inter-school events, widening the competitive opportunities for our children. Our work is extending to additional support and training for lunch staff.