Sports Funding at Gidea Park

The government has provided additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.  This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport.  Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that they offer. This means that you should use the funding to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sports activities that your school already offers
  • make improvement now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years 

At Gidea Park Primary we want every child to experience the benefits that taking part in sport and physical activity brings. We are committed to providing children with high quality sports teaching and access to a wide sporting curriculum.

 The aims of the funding at Gidea Park are to:

  1. improve existing PE teaching
  2. increase participation in competitive sports and healthy activity
  3. broaden the range of sports children experience

What have we achieved so far?

  1. The Dance training that was attended and the purchase of a new Dance Scheme (Imoves Dance) has resulted in increased staff confidence when teaching dance and children say that they enjoy dance lessons. Teachers have continued to share good practice with colleagues.  We have a number of staff with sport specific expertise which they are able to share. 
  2. We have continued to use a professional athletics coach and the school further improved their placing in Inter- School competitions. The Primary Panathalon which allows children with SEND to participate in competitive sports was again a great success.  We have maintained the number of competitions/ sports festivals that we enter with improving results. Inter-school competitions which we took part in this year included: hockey, swimming, cricket, athletics, tennis and football, Quad Kids and X country.  In Quad Kids, the top girl in the borough was a GPPS pupil and in the boys competition we had a learner in the top 3. The qualified football coach continues trains both boys and girls and we are part of the Havering League.
  3. We have maintained the many extra curricular sports clubs offered and have added hockey as well as widening the choice of clubs for KS1.  All Y3 learners had the opportunity to have tennis lessons with experienced coaches.  Children that have completed their Bikeability had the opportunity to participate in a 10k ride.  The school has participated in over 14 competitions.
  4. The 'Change-4-Life' Club now 'Virgin Active' which helps children in Years 3 and 4 develop more confidence in sport and become more physically active has continued to be a great success story. When we initially set this up in 2015, it was one of only a handful in the Borough to stay open and grow in strength and we have been able to share some of our good practice with other local schools.  This year the club, run for and by our children, continued to be well attended and ensured that even more pupils took part in physical activity outside of the normal school curriculum.
  5. Sports Council is well established with children being selected across the school. The council has been  involved in suggesting events for Sports day. They have been involved in writing a sports update to send home so that we can share our sporting success and celebrate the sporting opportunities which are on offer at our school.

Click on the links below to see a breakdown of how we spent our funding in previous years and our planned spend for 2017/18

Spending 2015/16

Spending 2016/17

Spending 2017/18

Planned Spend 2018/19



 All children at Gidea Park Primary School from Y4-6 are given the opportunity to have swimming lessons.  We aim to ensure that most children are confident swimmers by the time they reach the end of KS2. 


Percentage of Children 
Swim confidently competently and proficiently over a distance at least 25 metres 67%
Use a range of strokes efficiently 65%
Perform a safe self rescue in different water-based situations 35%