School Games Gold Mark Award

We were first awarded the Gold Mark School Games Award in July 2017 and agian in 2018. We gained this award by entering a number of inter school sports events such as Tag Rugby, Football Cricket and Netball tournaments. We also provided well-attended sports clubs such as Hi 5 netball, multi-skills and Sports Hall Athletics. Some of our older pupils learned to be sports leaders and help lead playground games at playtimes. The award also reflects the wide variety of sports offered in our PE curriculum and our use of a specialist PE teacher, Mrs Di Clark. We thank Mrs Clark for all her help in gaining this award and for our continued success in Sports competitions.

Sports and P.E.

The children have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, either indoors in the school hall or outdoors in the school grounds or at the football field. This includes gymnastics, dance, games and swimming. There are different sports clubs throughout year, run by parents, teachers, teaching assistants, qualified sports coaches or volunteers from the local community. These include tag rugby, football, tennis, cross country running, netball, rounders, cricket, and hockey.

The children also have the opportunity to participate in sporting competitions at local and county level. We have achieved great success in many events including Cross Country, Indoor Sportshall Athletics, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Swimming, Football and Kwik Cricket, sometimes at county level. Every child in Key Stage 2 participates in the District Sports, competing in one field event and at least one track event, as well as participating in track relays. A number of children each year go on to represent our District in the Area Sports, and some have set new Area records.

We host a Small Schools Football Competition annually, when 10 to 12 small village schools come to our football field to take part. Afterwards, all the teams and supporters are invited to have refreshments. In 2017, Hatherop won both the Y5/6 and Y3/4 tournaments!

The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. In our case, we have used it to fund:

  • specialist swimming teachers
  • transport to swimming lessons and competitions
  • a PE specialist working alongside teachers
  • after school clubs
  • running inter-school competitions, including football and sports hall athletics

Thanks to this funding, the children experienced specialised PE teaching and increased supervision, which enabled full use of the school field and provided professional development for staff. We were able to take part in many competitions and provide a range of after school clubs.

Sports After School

Once a week, our PE specialist leads an after school sports club for years 3 to 6 children. They try a variety of sports ranging from indoor gymnastics to volley ball and hockey utilising the hard playground, the hall and our adjacent sports pitches where appropriate.

Runner Beans after school running club

For  children from years 2 to 6, we have an after school running club which uses the open sports field behind the school.