Lead teachers: Mrs Sharon Garbutt and Miss Perry
At Hertford St Andrew school, physical activity and sport are seen as exceptionally important factors of our curriculum and whole school ethos. Partnered with a focus on healthy and active lifestyles, we can ensure that our children will be given the best opportunities to succeed through physical activity. We have recently improved the provision for children across the school and this has led to a much increased level of participation from our pupils at both Level 1 (Intra-school) and Level 2 (Inter-school). Having invested in a number of new resources, our vision is to give each and every child an equal opportunity to access activities that suit their needs ensuring that the PE curriculum is completely inclusive.
Sports Premium Funding
The government is providing additional funding for the academic years up to and including 2020 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
At Hertford St Andrew our priority is to provide high quality and exciting sporting opportunities for our children. We aim to improve the quality of our PE provision and increase the participation rates of our children through:
- Engaging with PE specialist teachers within the local Sports Partnership to develop CPD opportunities for school staff in order to improve the quality of PE provision
- Providing a wide range of extra-curricular sporting clubs and activities
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
- Organising and participating in Level 1 (Intra-school) and Level 2 (Inter-school) competitions for our children
- Celebrating the success of school sport teams and individual high level performances
- Fostering strong links with local sports clubs and neighbouring schools
- Providing high quality and wide ranging resources
The School Games Mark
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Registered schools can apply annually through a short application form which will be marked by their local School Games Organiser (SGO). Their application will be graded as either bronze, silver, or gold. Those schools which consistently achieve the gold award will also be offered the opportunity to upgrade this to platinum.
This network currently services in excess of 16,000 registered schools who compete across School Games' competitions. Hertford St Andrew Currently hold a bronze School Games Mark award.
For further information about School Games, go to: https://www.yourschoolgames.com or https://www.yourschoolgames.com/schools/hertford-st-andrew-cofe-primary-school/
Cross Country Wizards!
In May, a select group of children from years 4/5/6 took part in the district cross country competition at Hertford Rugby Club. After a walk around the course, the children took their places ready for the test of stamina ahead. Over 250 children took part in both the boys and girls categories and the standard was exceptionally high. Each and every young person from Hertford St Andrew ran extremely well and were complimented on their positive attitude during the event. This is particularly admirable as we didn't have much time to practise before the event. Special mention goes to Devon (Year 4) who placed highest for our boys and Gloria (Year 5) who placed highest for the girls. A massive thank you to Mrs Garbutt for organising the event and to the parents who were there for their support.
Each year the School Sports Partnership host an awards evening at Sele school to celebrate the achievements of young people through sport. This year 29 schools put forward nominations in a number categories and these are then whittled down to three best nominees in each category. Hertford St Andrew were proud to have Kirsty (Year 6) short listed for a Leadership award and Bailey, Keira and Shannon (Year 6) short listed for the Organsing Crew award. Mrs Garbutt, who nominated the children, was at the awards and enjoyed watching as the children won both categories walking away with the top award. A special mention goes to Kirsty who was on stage for the whole evening helping to read out the nominees and comments for each award. Well done to you all and a big thank you to Mrs Garbutt.
Towards the end of the spring term, our netball team took part in the district netball competition which was held at Wodson Park. It was a particularly chilly day but that didn't stop the girls from putting 100% effort into each and every game they played. After some very close games and lots of very close shots at the net from Shannon, the team ended up being runners up in their group. An excellent display of ball skills and a very big well done to you all. Thanks once again to Mrs Garbutt for organising and making sure the team were well prepared through her regular after school training sessions.