Physical Education and Sport
Physical Education and sport at Thorley Hill are considered to be a highly important part of our children’s learning. The school’s core values of “Respect, Believe, Achieve” are embedded into PE and sport and we endeavour to meet these at all times during P.E. lessons, sporting competitions and extra-curricular activities.
Our school is registered with Sainsbury’s School Games – www.yourschoolgames.com. We are very proud to announce that in the Summer Term of 2017 we were accredited with the School Games Silver Award. The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of three levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented young people in the UK:
• Intra-school (Level 1) - sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition;
• Inter-school (Level 2) - individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions;
• Sainsbury's School Games Festivals (Level 3) – the county/area stage multi-sport Sainsbury's School Games Festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition.
As part of the intra-school competitions, we run House competitions at specific points in the year for a range of sports including football and netball we also have a school games day for all children and an aquathlon, which consists of a swim followed by a run, in the Summer Term.
Our school is well resourced for P.E. and sport with an indoor hall space, large playground and field. A range of indoor and outdoor P.E. and games activities are taught to every class for between ninety and one hundred and twenty minutes per week. We are also very lucky to have our own outdoor, heated swimming pool. This is used by every class from Nursery to Year Six in the second half of the Summer Term; we employ a specialist swimming teacher and every child receives thirty minutes swimming per day. We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities including football, netball, tag rugby, dodge ball, modern dance and street dance. Please look at our extra-curricular activities page in our Learning section for more information.
Thorley Hill is also part of the Bishop’s Stortford School Games Partnership. This offers staff training and competitions for the pupils in a range of sports and activities.
Primary school P.E. and sport funding
In 2013 the government made the decision to provide annual funding directly to primary schools in order to improve the provision that children receive in P.E. and school sport. This funding was ring fenced and could only be spent on the provision of P.E. and school sport. Individual schools had the freedom to choose how they spent the funding.
For more information on how the Sports Premium is spent at Thorley Hill, please look at the information in our Statutory Information section.