Shropshire Hills Federation - Chirbury, Norbury, Stiperstones

Sports Funding - Stiperstones

Stiperstones CE Primary School 
Shropshire Hills Federation  
Sports Funding Statement 2021/2022

Sports Funding

The Government allocates additional funding to schools to develop the quality, and increase the amount of sports provision for all children from Reception to Year Six. Funding can only be used to help children to develop a healthy lifestyle and develop sustainable methods of improved provision which will offer children more than the basic requirements of the national curriculum. It is designed to improve the quality of teaching and widen the range of opportunities available to all children. We are obliged to publish the details of exactly how this funding has been spent each year and the impact that it has had upon children’s participation in sports and adventurous outdoor activities.

At Stiperstones, we embrace a wide range of sports and encourage all children to try new ones whenever possible. We encourage participation in team events and individual challenges which promote health and high self-esteem. We also encourage children to be able to assess risks for themselves, in order that they can take part in adventurous activities in a safe manner with good supervision. To see exactly how we provide these opportunities, just take a look through the gallery pictures on our website, or look at the pictures and reports on our Facebook page (invited guests only - please speak to Mrs Nikki Rodick in the office if you have not received your invitation).


We use the funding to promote sustainability of sports provision by training Stiperstones staff members in new sports and activities as children play and learn. One of the major obstacles to providing children with high quality sporting experiences in such a rural location is transportation. For this reason, using the funding to provide transport is an essential part of our strategy. We use funding for additional transport to enable us to use local facilities such as local village halls, Community College Bishop’s Castle and to enable us to take part in outdoor projects such as The John Muir Award, using local outdoor spaces. You will see from our website, that we frequently travel further afield to places such as Bala, New Quay, Barmouth, Llangollen and many other places so that we can provide a wide range of outdoor and adventurous sports and activities. These activities not only promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but also widen children’s experience of the world and develop confidence. To reduce costs and improve access and flexibility to all classes, as a Federation we have leased two minibuses using sports funding from our three schools. Where buses are used for activities other than sports and health promotion, School/PTA will pay money back into the Sport Funding budget on a per mile basis. This will then be used to support further sporting opportunities.

In the year 2020/21 we received £16,337. This was spent on the following: Please Note that due to Covid restrictions, many of our usual activities were suspended. Where a £0 spend is shown, Each area demonstrates what we would usually offer, for information. See the note at the end about what we have focused on and will continue to focus on during the pandemic. Also note that Stiperstones and Norbury schools work together on one site and therefore to see the full picture of our spending, you will need to view the Norbury statement too.


Amount       Spent     

Impact (Where a £0 spend is shown, this is due to Covid restrictions.  This column shows what usually happens in school.

Specialist weekly coaching


Specialist coaching, working alongside teaching staff has provided:  netball, hockey, football, dance and gymnastics teaching for children and support and guidance for staff members to deliver enhanced provision in the future.  Develop self-esteem.

Chance to Shine Cricket Coaching and Competition


Specialist coaching in cricket for KS2 children.  After school cricket club and entry to inter-schools competition.  Develop self-esteem.

Bus Hire and Mini Bus Hire


During the Covid period, it has not been possible to attend competitions etc.  However, we have provided excellent alternative opportunities in outdoor and adventurous activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, orienteering, kayaking, archery, etc. Usually we would attend competitions and half-termly inter-schools games.  Additional swimming lessons through the year for all year groups, inter-school competitions and use of resources at other sites.

Swimming Life Guard (additional to national curriculum requirements)


To allow swimming sessions for all age groups, additional to national curriculum requirements. Swimming did not take place this year

Half-termly Inter-schools games for KS1/KS2 organized at CCBC


To attend competitions and half-termly inter-schools games.  Children gain exposure to new sports and complete with other schools.  Develop self-esteem.

Sports equipment and repairs


To improve provision in school, including a share in the cost of new playground markings to encourage active play.

Outdoor and Adventurous Clubs and Days


To provide specialist provision for outdoor and adventurous activities to develop fitness, confidence and self-esteem.

Staff Training


Accreditation and training for mountain bike leadership.




Carried Forward



2021/22 and Covid Recovery

In 2021/22, we will receive similar funding for sports.  We propose to follow a similar strategy, but will continue to develop further opportunities in new sports such kayaking, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking etc, as these are activities least likely to be disrupted by Covid measures, we plan to resume team sports in the autumn term and competitive sports with other schools as soon as local conditions allow.  We plan to equip more staff members with training and additional qualifications in mountain bike leadership, kayaking and swimming lifeguarding to ensure continued provision.

Our strategy to have our own mini-buses available at all times is now in place and proving very successful.    Having transport readily accessible will enable us to support additional after school clubs in activities such as table tennis, badminton, cross country running, hiking and cycling.  This will provide safe access local village halls, sports centres and a wide range of outdoor spaces so that sport can take place in all weathers.  It will reduce costs for residential visits significantly making access to adventure available to all. 

Our PE coordinator and Outdoor and Adventurous coordinator will conduct a full review of our provision and the curriculum during the autumn term and we will adapt our curriculum where required to give children as many opportunities as possible to be active and participate in sports, especially in the light of the Covid pandemic.  We aim to complete the John Muir award this year with all of Year 5/6.  A significant part of this environmental award involves outdoor activities and physical exercise. 

Children’s Achievement and Attainment in Swimming 2020/21

Through our policy of promoting swimming from the Reception Year through to Year 6, and the additional funding put to teaching and learning additional to the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum usually expect all children who started their school careers with us to achieve significantly beyond the minimum expectations.  Due to the pandemic, we did not teach nor assess swimming in 2021.  The data below shows the percentage of children that we are sure had already surpassed the requirement in their previous year, based upon our previous assessments.  However, where children have joined our school in later in their career or where we are unsure we have not recorded a result for this year.

Swim 25 metres, unaided by end of Year 6-                          40%

Swim using a range of styles by end of Year 6-                    40%

Use personal survival techniques by end of Year 6-             40%

Shropshire Hills Federation is fully committed to the promotion and development of healthy lifestyles for children and adults.