Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Sport, PE & Clubs

The importance of PE and Sport
We strongly believe that Physical education (PE) is part of every child’s entitlement to a good education. It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. It provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.

Our Aims:
  • Place physical activity and well-being at the heart of the schools vision statement.
  • Improve teaching resources so teachers can offer a more productive, inclusive and broader PE curriculum.
  • Provide a greater range of opportunities for pupils to compete in inter and intra school competitions.
  • Provide a greater range of sporting after school clubs.
  • Increase the profile of the school’s sporting activities and achievements
How will we meet our aims?
Specialist coaches will be brought in for gymnastics, dance and other areas of the curriculum which will be identified in consultation with parents, teachers and pupils to meet the needs of our new, improved PE curriculum.
Resources will be purchased to help implement the new areas of the PE curriculum.
A specific area on the school’s website dedicated to pupil led reports about the schools sporting activities.
A review of the school’s vision statement to include reference to physical well-being.
To consult with pupils, parents and staff regarding their opinion on the direction Physical Education at Gotherington should take.
Intra school (House) competitions will be introduced across the school to increase exposure to competitive sport. Inter school opportunities will be more closely monitored.
What are our expected outcomes?
Physical activity and well-being are at the heart of the school’s vision.
Planned investment leads to sustained improvements to the teaching of PE across the school.
The development and implementation of a varied, stimulating, inclusive and highly effective PE curriculum which responds to the wishes of all interested parties.
The school is well resourced to provide physical education for all pupils.
The pupils’ exposure to competitive sport is greatly increased.
Everyone who is involved with the school is well informed as to the sporting progress made by the pupils.
The school curriculum
At Gotherington, it is our intention to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE in all young people. We aim to help ensure a positive and healthy physical and mental outlook in the future and help young people to develop essential skills like leadership and teamwork. Within each lesson, we strive to give every child the opportunity to develop skills in PE, consider the impact on their health and fitness, compete/perform/officiate and evaluate. Within lessons, the children learn skills in a wide range of sports including skateboarding, ultimate frisbee and tri-golf. We are also able to offer a wide range of after-school clubs and inter and intra-school competitions.

Our school is part of Move-More, previously known as the Cheltenham School Sport Network. Move More is an innovative, vibrant charity who pride themselves on being able to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families through sport and physical activity. 'We are experts in Physical Education, school sport and physical activity for children and young people. Originally a School Sport Network, we have an established understanding of the impact sport and physical activity can have on young people. Now, as an independent charity we remain committed to supporting primary, secondary and special schools whilst extending our reach into the community. All our work adopts a child-centred approach, with emphasis on sustainability and strong partnership work.'

PE and Sport Funding Action Plan and Impact Review

The following documents outline the plans that we have in place to promote and develop PE and Sport at Gotherington. Leaders have also reviewed the impact of actions on pupils. This can be found in the 'Impact Review' document.

Gotherington Primary School PE and Sport Funding Swimming Overview

For the 2021 - 2022 academic year, there is a condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools

The table below provides this information for the current Year 6 cohort.


Gotherington Primary School Year 6 2021-22 (29 pupils)

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?