There is an initiative where the government provides additional funding of £150 million per annum every academic year since 2013/14, so the scheme is now in its' 5th year. 

At Middleham, this additional funding provides us with many different opportunities to improve the provision of our Sport and PE for our children. We already provide many different activities and opportunities for the children to take part in, such as cluster sports events like Cross country, girls, boys and mixed football, KS1 multiskills etc.We have also used some of our PE grant to fund the installation of our Tyre Play Park and have already seen the children improving in their balance and core strength skills. 


We were allocated £16,000 for the financial  year 2018/19.  

How we used our funding to improve PE and Sport in 2018/19.

Mr Bullock and his team continued to teach PE regularly so each child met at least the minimum level of 2 1/2 hours of physical activity a week. Lunchtime and after school sports will also be available to all children free of charge to ensure that all children have equal opportunities to take part. 

In addition, we intend to allocate funding to build on the improvements already seen in the following ways:

- to enable children to travel to sporting events 

- to offer a wide variety of sports in a rural locaiton 

- to update playground toys and games

- to provide holiday sports clubs at a reduced cost

- to get more children to reach their end of KS2 swimming goals earlier

Click here to see our DFE approved website report on the impact of the sports grant  



We were granted £16,330 for the financial year 2017/18. 

How we used our funding to improve PE and Sport  in 2017/18.

Mr Bullock and his team continued teaching PE lessons regularly, and through their teaching, they encouraged the children to challenge themselves and make PE a fun lesson for everyone.

He also ran a variety of clubs, both during lunchtime (so our bus children can take advantage of them) and after school. He adapted the clubs according to the requirements of the children and the staff. 

For the fourth year running, we were awarded the Silver Mark for Sainsbury's School Games Award. 

In addition to this, the funding was spent in the following way:

- to enable children to travel to sporting events 

- to offer less common sports including boxing, yoga, and skipping

- to update PE equipment

- to provide additional resources in consultation with the School Council

- to attend a sports activity day at a local sports centre   

- to provide Year 6 children with a Water Safety and Rookie Lifeguard course

Click here to see how we ensure that the improvements we have made are sustainable

Click here to see our DFE approved website report on the impact of the sports grant



We were granted £8,224 for the financial year 2016/17.  

Click here to see how we used our sports premium funding in 2016/17.



We were granted £8,245 for the financial year 2015/16.

Mrs. Postlethwaite left us at the end of the Summer 2015 to pursue her gymnastic coaching, so we started the new academic year by employing Mr. Chris Bullock. Chris is an independent Sporting Coach who is working in other Cluster schools in Lower Wensleydale and is providing the same high level of teaching throughout the area. In addition, we spent some of the funding on transportation and keeping our own equipment up to date. Some funding has been spent on developing Play Leaders and equipping them for this role. We purchased resources including basketball hoops and we had new playground markings to encourage active play.  This helped us to achieve the Sainsbury's School Games Silver Award in October 2015. 

Within the Cluster Sports in 2015/16 we got through to the semi finals in the Boys football; we came second in the hockey finals and the Kwik Cricket; we were second in the Netball (and went onto the Level 3 competition) and our KS1 children won the fun run. We are very proud of how well the children are doing and what excellent sportsmen and women they are turning into. 

In October 2015 our school was awarded the Silver Mark for the Sainsbury's School Games Award. In October 2016 we were again awarded the Silver Mark, maintaining the standard set. 

The Ofsted report of June 2016 said "additional government funding to promote physical education and sport is being used successfully to promote pupils' well-being. A sports coach is being used effectively to demonstrate high quality provision, and the 'play leaders' have been trained to encourage pupils to participate in physical activity during break and lunchtimes. Pupils are now more able and willing to participate in a range of competitions and festivals, and talk of their successes with gusto."

We were granted £8,245 for the financial year 2014/15. 

Based on the success of the previous year when we employed Mr. Adams as a sports coach (who then moved away from the area) we employed Mrs. Amy Postlethwaite who was also an independent sports coach. We allocated some money towards funding transport to enable our children to travel to the various PE events around the local area, and some funding for keeping our equipment up to date and in good condition. 

In our inspection report in July 2014, the inspector commented that “the school spends its primary school sport funding wisely.”

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