Since 2013, Whitemoor have benefited from the Primary PE and Sport Premium, which forms part of the government's 'Olympic Legacy' from the 2012 games.
Most schools in Nottingham City (and in fact most throughout the country) use this funding to hire coaches from private companies.
However, here at Whitemoor we put in place a PE and School Sport Specialist (PESSS) teacher a number of years before the premium was introduced; handing us the opportunity to find new and exciting ways to: provide our children with a legacy of inspirational PE and Sport.
As a member of SHINE Multi Academy Trust, we share a common goal for the PE and Sport Premium; one in which all pupils leave our school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle, with lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Our intention has been to target the funding on the following areas:
- Increasing confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
- Offering a broader experience of a range of sports and activities to all pupils.
- Engaging all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy lifestyles.
- Increasing participation in competitive sport.
- Raising the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.
For a much more detailed breakdown of how the funding has been spent, and evaluations of its impact, please see the dropdown menu under the Olympic Legacy tab. The portfolios referred to in the evaluation documents are on display outside the school office.
We also worked with a local filmmaker (Adam Pepper) to produce the movie 'Legacy' – a showcase of some of the outcomes from our highly effective premium spending. Below are the two sections of this video; we hope you enjoy watching them.
Winning Nottingham City's award for the 'Most Physically Active School' a few years back, and being shortlisted for Nottinghamshire's 'Sporting School of the Year' award twice, has encouraged us to continue to strive for outstanding PE and sport experiences for all children – evidenced by Whitemoor becoming the first school or educational establishment in Nottingham to receive the Gold School Games Mark (2013).
Further proof of our lofty ambitions was provided when we became the first of any of Nottinghamshire's primary, secondary and special schools to be awarded with the Association for PE 'Quality Mark' at distinction level (2015).
In more recent times, Whitemoor have been awarded a further two Gold School Games Marks (2016 and 2017); as well as currently being the only school in the county to hold the Youth Sport Trust's Gold Quality Mark (2018).