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Sports at St Nicholas

We are proud of the current physical education (PE) curriculum provision and the sporting achievements we have made over recent years. Children have 1-hour PE lessons twice a week as a core part of the curriculum. All children from Reception to Year 6 go swimming for one academic term during the year and we run cycling proficiency for our Year 5 children.


We hold an annual summer sports day which consists of a House competition and competitive races and we always enjoy the event being well attended by parents and governors. We run other sporting events throughout the year e.g. house activity days, skipping workshops, Sport Relief Mile. In addition to regular curriculum activities we also provide a variety of extra-curricular clubs including football, netball, street dance, tennis, cheerleading, and chess.


We were delighted that in June 2017, St Nicholas School came runner up in the District Bonner Cup, having won the cup in both 2016 and 2015. The Bonner Cup is open to small schools and awarded to those winning the most points over all sports throughout the year, recognising the smaller pool of athletic talent they have to draw on. Impressively in June 2016 we also came third in The Woodward Cup, open to all Harpenden schools regardless of size. It was a well-deserved award and demonstrates the impact of our targeted sports funding in each competitive sport and of increased specialist coaching.


We attend the Harpenden District Sports events and tournaments throughout the year which include cross-country, tag rugby, football, netball, chess, rounders, Kwik cricket festival and our District Athletics event, and we’ve been delighted by our recent success in this event.


Achievements in 2016-17

  • Winner Harpenden District Netball Rally
  • Winner Year3/4 Football tournament
  • Winner Chess tournament
  • Runner-up in The Bonner Cup
  • 2nd place Cross Country Schools
  • 2nd place  Tag Rugby Tournament
  • 3rd place Girls Football
  • 3rd  place Year 6 Football tournament
  • 3rd place Kwik Cricket festival
  • 4th place Rounders
  • 6th place Year 6 Football league


Primary School PE Funding

We receive national PE and Sport Premium funding which is designed to help all primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The Government is investing £150 million on this funding each year until 2020, with the vision that ‘all pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’. This money is ring-fenced, to be spent only on provision of PE and sport in schools.


Since the Sports Premium funding began, we have provided the children with a range of different sporting opportunities, enhanced the PE curriculum and trained our school staff to deliver high quality sports lessons.

The continuation of the Sports Premium funding will enable us to sustain the impact of high quality sports provision in the following areas, as defined by the Department for Education:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport


How much do we receive?

The Sport Premium for the 2017-18 financial year has been increased to £17,310 and we have a PE and Sport Premium strategy in place to ensure this money is well spent and achieves the best impact on our children’s physical education. The strategy is planned around the five objectives set out by the Department for Education, noted above.


Examples of how we plan to spend this money during 2017-18 include:

  • Running physical activity sessions by a qualified coach during lunchtime and playtimes, especially encouraging those children not inclined towards team sports.
  • Train sports leaders in years 5/6 who will organise a range of activities during breaks.
  • Purchase a range of playground equipment to promote exercise
  • Arrange a healthy living week to develop understanding of a healthy lifestyle
  • Hold a skipping workshop for all classes to facilitate games for break times
  • Employ a PE specialist team to teach alongside teachers to develop knowledge, skills, assessment procedures and confidence to staff
  • Arrange interventions to develop core skills and encourage an active lifestyle for children who do not participate in additional physical activity outside of school
  • Provide extracurricular taster sessions for pupils to experience a wider range of sports e.g. yoga, archery
  • Provide coaching to develop skills and strategies to enable pupils to participate in various competitive events
  • Organise coaches to referee local league matches


In the 2016-17 financial year £8,690 was received and the school has spent £8,064 on providing good quality specialist PE coaching across the school. Class teachers have been observing PE lessons in order to share practice. The school has also provided a multi-sport afterschool club to encourage pupils to take part in a range of sports, at a cost of £1,836, with the aim to provide pupils with opportunities to view sports as part of a healthy lifestyle. During our Health and Physical Day, the children undertake a fitness workshop to highlight the benefits of being active and encourage greater participation in different sports.


In 2015-2016, in addition to the sports premium funding, the school received a grant of £30,000 from Sport England which, alongside additional contributions from the PTA, has been used to develop the playground. The new playground was formally opened by the Town Mayor in July 2016.


Impact of Sports Premium so far

  • Our pupils always participate in District Sports events alongside our local schools. Specialist training is clearly having an impact on the level of pupils' commitment to and enjoyment of sport. Our performance at District level is showing a marked improvement on previous years, with St Nicholas School either winning or being runner up in the Bonner Cup for the 3rd year running in June 2017.
  • The standards in PE are continually improving as evidenced by the use of a tracking system used by our professional PE specialists.
  • Teaching staff are benefitting from observing specialist coaching which is providing continuing professional development.
  • Pupils regularly contribute match reports from sporting fixtures and often demonstrate high levels of pride, passion, team spirit and enthusiasm in their writing. We also celebrate the sporting achievements of our pupils outside of school activities in our weekly newsletter.

Swimming and Water Safety

  • 100% of Year 6 pupil can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m
  • 100% of Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively (for example front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
  • 100% of Year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Highlights from previous academic years



• Winner Cross Country Small Schools (2nd place overall)

• Runners up Girls Football (beaten in final on penalties)

• Runners up Year 6 Football league

• 3rd place Year 6 Football tournament

• Runners up in the Saracens Tag Rugby Tournament

• 3rd place (out of 14) in the Harpenden Tag Rugby Tournament

• 5th place Hertfordshire Schools County Rugby finals

• 6th place Rounders



  • Winner of the Bonner Cup for smaller schools in Harpenden District Sports.
  • 1st place in the Small Schools Cross Country Cup.
  • 1st place in the District Netball Tournament.
  • 1st place in the St. Albans and Harpenden Hi 5 Netball Tournament.
  • 2nd place in the District Chess Tournament.
  • 3rd place in the Harpenden District Tag Rugby Tournament and 1st place in the Small Schools Competition.
  • Joint 3rd place in the league in the Year 3/4 Football Tournament.
  • 5th place in the Small Schools Football League.



St. Nicholas participated in the Harpenden District Cross Country Tournament in November 2013 and came third out of eight in the Small Schools Tournament, as evidence of the impact of extra provision.


  • Netball League - won the Small Schools League.
  • Saracens Tag Rugby Tournament - the Year 6 team came second in the group, behind the eventual winners. The Year 5 team came fourth in the group.
  • Netball Year 5/6 Tournament - the team reached the semi-finals.
  • Football League - third place in the Small Schools League.
  • Years 5/6 Football Tournament - the team only lost one out of five matches and drew the rest.
  • In the Tag Rugby Tournament in February 2014, the school came seventh out of thirteen schools, which is after specialist coaching at After School Club and specific tag rugby coaching during Friday afternoons working with the teams.