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Sports at St Nicholas

We are proud of the current physical education (PE) curriculum provision and the improvements in our sporting achievements that 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, karate and chess.


We were extremely delighted that in June 2016 St Nicholas School won the District Bonner Cup for the 2nd year running. 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.


Additional achievements in 2015-16 we were:

•    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


Primary School PE Funding

The PE and Sport Premium is designed to help 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.


We attend the Harpenden District Sports events throughout the year which include cross-country, tag rugby, football tournaments for Years 3-6, netball tournament, chess tournament, rounders tournament, Kwik cricket festival and our District Athletics event, and we’ve been delighted by our recent success in this event. 


How much do we receive? 

The Sport Premium for the 2016-17 financial year is £8,690. In the 2015-2016 financial year £8,655 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, 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. We were delighted to welcome the Town Mayor to formally open the playground in July 2016 and pictures of the children enjoying the new playground equipment are on our gallery page.

How are we spending the 'Sport Premium' funding?

We are using our ‘Sport Premium’ funding to:

a. improve PE provision (through staff continuing professional development opportunities and specialist input from sports coaches).

b. improve competitive sport with other schools.

c. provide specialist training to prepare pupils for District events.

d. Actively embrace opportunities for other sporting activities eg cricket coaching, skipping workshop.


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 winning the Bonner Cup for the 2nd year running in June 2016.
  • 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. 


Highlights from previous academic years 



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.


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