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Double Gold

Throughout 2016-17, sport continues to be a high priority for our school.  As a Healthy school with enhanced status, we continually seek ways to promote active and healthy lifestyles for all our children both within school and beyond. 


As a result of this drive, earlier this term, Mrs Banfield applied for the School Games-Gold Mark which recognises and celebrates the quality and range of competitive and extra-curricular sport, available, at our school, for all our children; for the 2nd consecutive year.

2016-2017 has been another ‘golden year’ for us.  Our school’s Sport’s Committee organised, with the support of Mrs Banfield, 9 intra-school competitions (1 more than last year).  These opportunities encourage all our children, irrespective of age or gender to engage and compete in a range of fun and active competitions-giving all our children the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. 


Events included a Potted Sports event: exploring the Olympic and Paralympic Values, a series of House Swimming Championships, the Key Stage 1 House Cricket Tournament, the Key Stage 2 House Rounder’s Tournament, a Marathon Challenge, a Mass ‘Mile Challenge’ and our annual Sports Day. 


We also participated in 13 inter-school competitions (an increase of 2 from last year), where many of our children represented our school, in various teams competing with other children from the local or the regional area.  This covered a wide range of sport competitions including Athletics, Badminton, Football, Gymnastics, Netball, Rounders, Swimming, Trampoline and the annual Mini-Olympics event. 


As a school we continue to, “strive for excellence” in all that we do.  This year, we came:

  • 1st-Large School Swimming Gala (1st place for 3 consecutive years);
  • 2nd-Large School Swimming Relay;
  • 2nd-Large School Athletics event (3rd in 2015-2016; 5th in 2014-2015);
  • 2nd-High 5 Netball League;
  • 3rd -Trampoline Tournament;
  • 5th-Boy’s Football League;
  • 11th-Rounders (same position as 2015-2016);
  • 15th-Kwik Cricket; and
  • 69 swimmers (an increase of 9), including staff, parents, pupils and former pupils participated in the Swim Marathon.  They swam a total of 1494 lengths—200 more than last year (an increase for the fifth consecutive year). 


Through an extensive program of activities, available both within and outside of our curriculum, we are committed to encouraging our pupils to lead healthy and active lives. 


This year, we employed 9 sport coaches across a range of sporting activities who worked alongside our pupils, supporting them to develop their skills and fostering further ‘their love of sport.’


As well as this, we organised 29 sport related extra-curricular clubs or activities, across the year for our children to enjoy:

  • In autumn term 2016, we offered 9 sport related clubs.
  • In Spring 2017, we offered 7 sport related clubs.
  • In Summer 2017, we offered, 13 Sport related clubs/activities.


Throughout 2016-2017, Pupil Leadership has continued to be a priority for us, encouraging even more pupils to ‘take the lead,’ sharing their passion and skills, inspiring others in a range of sport.


Leadership opportunities have included:

Playground Leaders:   

Children take responsibility for organising a range of lunchtime sport related activities for the younger children to enjoy.

  • 32 x Y6            (100% of class)
  • 33 x Y5            (100% of class)


Club Leader:

Children liaise with the Headteacher to identify the club they wish to organise.  They then plan a 6-week series of activity and take full responsibility for the facilitation of the sport related club/activity including: resourcing; registration of pupils; rewarding positive contributions and supporting sport development.

  • 3 x Y6-9% of class;
  • 8 x Y5-24% of class;
  • 8 x Y4-24% of class;
  • 3 x Y3-9% of class; and
  • 8 x Y2-16% of class.


This means that, across 2016-2017:

  • 23% of pupils have acted as a Club Leader and led sport related activities/clubs;
  • 49% of pupils acted as Playground Leaders and led Sport related activities/clubs; and
  • 57% of pupils have acted as a Playground Leader and Club Leader and led sport related activities/clubs, across the whole year.


At Barrowby CE Primary School, we are committed to encouraging all our pupils to lead full and active lives, both within school and beyond and are delighted to apply for the Gold, in the School Games Mark for a 2nd year.


We hope, to once again, be nationally recognised for the quality and range of our competitive and extra-curricular sport.


Thank you to everyone: school staff, our pupil and playground leaders, specialist sport coaches and parents for guiding, supporting and inspiring all our children to shine!