School PE and Sport Funding Information
The Government has, since around 2013, been providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. But there is freedom to choose how we do it.
It will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE. Each school receives this year £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year. This equates to approximately £16,500 this year for our school. All schools have to spend the sports funding on improving their provision of PE, sport and healthy living. The impact of the initiative will be monitored by the Headteacher, PE Subject Leader and Governing Body.
At our school, we already invest a great deal of time and energy into making sure that all children have opportunities to be involved in competitive sports and other physically challenging activities. We have enthusiastic netball and football teams, coached by staff and volunteers and we look for chances to play against other schools in both league and friendly matches. To make sure this tradition continues, our older children run clubs for younger children at lunchtime. However, we also place great emphasis on those activities which we hope will become lifelong habits. For example: surfing, swimming, cycling, walking and running through lunchtime and afterschool clubs, taster days, school trips and sponsored events.
We are also determined that our staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to encourage and support all of our children to achieve their potential.
As a result of our work over the last year, we have once again been awarded the Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award. Sainsbury's School Games is an initiative supported by Sport England, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Youth Sports Trust. It aims to give every child the opportunity to participate in competitive sport. Part of this initiative (School Games Mark) rewards schools for their commitment to, and the development of, competition within their school, and allows them to work towards three different awards: bronze, silver and gold.
So far we have achieved Gold on 3 consecutive years: 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019. This year the window to apply will not be open but we should, all being well, be able to carry on in the next academic year (2021-2022) guided by Mrs Symons, our PE Subject Leader.
Links with local sports clubs:
The North Devon Surf School is based in Westward Ho! and is one of the longest established surfing schools in the UK, running lessons for over 25 years and based just 50m from the beach. Langtree School works with the Surf School to provide after-school surf lessons in blocks, twice a year. Click on the link for more information: www.northdevonsurfschool.co.uk/
Titans Netball Club Titans Netball Club are GOLD club accredited by England Netball. They strive to excel in their coaching, umpiring and playing programme. They run both a junior and senior playing programme and are based in Barnstaple. Our netball team coach/manager trains and plays with the Club, inviting other coaches along to Langtree to help train our very keen teams. Click on the link to find out more: www.titansnetballclub.com/
Bideford Amateur Athletic Club is locally known as 'Bideford Blues'. They are a friendly, sociable club with two main sections: running and rowing. They warmly welcome members of all ages and abilities. Our school attends sport festivals, usually hosted by our local secondary school, organised by BAAC. Click on the link to find out more about the Club : http://bidefordaac.co.uk/
Carol Anne Netball Club is a thriving, friendly North Devon netball club with over 200 members, 10 teams playing in the senior North Devon Netball League and a number of teams in the junior league. As with the Titans Netball Club, their coach sometimes visits Langtree School to help train our players. Click on the link to find out more about them: www.carolannenetball.co.uk/default.aspx
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai was established in 1984 by by the late Sensei T. Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan and his student Sensei Peter Hill 6th Dan who visited us recently to lead two workshops for our Key Stage 2 children in 'the most honourable and correct way'. Although he said our children were 'a pleasure to teach and spend time with', we enjoyed his visit equally as much. For more details about the club, please visit: www.devonwadoryu.co.uk/1.html .