Shropshire Hills Federation - Chirbury, Norbury, Stiperstones

Sports Funding - Stiperstones

Stiperstones CE Primary School 
Shropshire Hills Federation  
Sports Funding Statement 2020/2021

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 Catriona Oakley 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.  In the coming year 2019/20 we will 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.  This year, to reduce costs and improve access 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 2019/20 we received £16,326.  This was spent on the following:

Additional Activity

Amount Spent


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


To 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.




Additional fuel costs



Swimming Life Guard (additional to national curriculum requirements)


To allow swimming sessions for all age groups, additional to national curriculum requirements.

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


To improve provision in school

Additional staff salaries for events


To provide additional support for children at off-site events

Fruit provision


To ensure that all children are offered a healthy snack daily.




Carried Forward



In 2020/21, we will receive £16,320.  We propose to follow a similar strategy.  We will however, provide further opportunities in new sports such kayaking, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking, to allow everyone to discover a sport in which they can excel.  We plan to equip additional 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. 

We now have in place a new PE and Sports coordinator for the Federation, Mrs Sarah Yorke, who is preparing a revised PE and Sports policy and long term plan to ensure excellent opportunities for all children.  Mr Les Ball is now the Outdoor and Adventurous Activity coordinator.  These members of staff will lead the further development of sports, outdoor and adventurous activities and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. 

Children’s Achievement and Attainment in Swimming 2019/20

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, we are delight with our children’s achievements by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6. 

In July 2019, the percentage of children achieving at least the required standards were as follows.  In all instances, our children exceed the minimum standards by a significant margin.

Swim 25 metres, unaided by end of Year 6-                          100%

Swim using a range of styles by end of Year 6-                    100%

Use personal survival techniques by end of Year 6-             100%

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