Sports Premium

As part of the School Development Plan, Christ Church School places a lot of value on healthy living and providing opportunity for ALL children to learn and compete in a range of P.E and sports

All primary schools receive annually £16,000 plus an additional £10 per pupil from the Education Funding Agency to improve their provision for P.E. and Sport – at Christ Church School we have spread this sports premium funding over a range of: specialist coaching, sports facilities hire and membership of sports competition partnerships.  The actual annual spend on P.E and sports provision for the school is far in excess of the sports premium fund. 

The range of healthy living, P.E and sports learning opportunities at Christ Church School is tabled below.


Our school subscribes to the Ashton Park School Sports Partnership. This partnership co-ordinates an annual programme of inter-school competitive events for individuals and teams as well as providing events for children to enjoy participating in sports activities with children from other schools

Christ Church Primary holds the Sainsbury’s  GOLD Kite Mark

Our school has developed a strong sports partnership with Clifton College and attends a number of multi school sports competitions hosted by them.  80 children from KS2 participated in the Tri-Athlon event. 

For the last 4 years every child made two day visits each summer to Clifton College’s Outdoor Activity Centre to participate in Forest School and outdoor learning and team building activities, including Archery and Orienteering.  

We annually subscribe to a National Trust membership and use the Education workshops at Tyntesfield to enhance our outdoor learning opportunities as well as History and Geography knowledge and skills

With Clifton Downs and Leigh Woods on our doorstep we link with Avon Wildlife Trust to take our children on trips to learn about the history and scientific value of these places in our locality

For the last 5 years Cotham Rugby Club has agreed to host a camping festival for Christ Church families. This is a two night event with outdoor games and nature themed activities

Whist learning about other cultures and faiths we invite individuals and groups from a range of religions and traditions to provide workshops for our children. For example in a multicultural themed week we had dance workshops led by The Great Caper (Morris Dancing), Seven Stars (African dance) and Sally Miller (South African Dance)

Lunchtime provision

Daily, Shine Sports Coaches support with organising games activities in the playground at lunchtime. This has led to a noticeable improvement with children engaged with physical activity and therefore improved behaviour. It has also supported children who need encouragement with social interaction strategies

Inter-house tournaments are organised at lunchtime for girls and boys

Children in Year 5 apply to be trained as play leaders facilitating games activities for younger children during lunchtime. This is very popular, the KS2 play leaders organise games for KS1 3 times a week

Travel to school

We have facilities for storing scooters and bikes on our school site. We participate in the  WoW (walk once a week) schools project,the Big Pedal fortnight and promote the 20 mph campaign. Where possible we utilise education resources such as museums and galleries within walking distance to our school

In the summer term we run Bikeability sessions for KS2 in conjunction with Bristol City Council. 

Curriculum P.E.

Christ Church School class teachers deliver weekly P.E. lessons in accordance with the National Curriculum. Over a school year, children will experience dance, indoor and outdoor games & athletics, gymnastics, and swimming in Years 5 & 6.  Every child participates in 2 x 1 hour long sessions of P.E a week

Our teachers have spent 2 years team teaching with our P.E. Specialist. The impact of this has been to develop the knowledge and skills of the teachers across the range of P.E. elements

Four teachers have recently gained ASA swimming qualifications. Year 5 & 6 classes rotate through the year attending weekly swimming lessons which we are lucky to be able to walk to at the local University swimming pool

The school teacher with subject leader responsibility for P.E attends the Ashton Park P.E Partnership days for professional development and networking opportunities

The Life Education Skills Bus visits our school bi-annually to teach our children to understand the importance of making healthy choices and how drugs including alcohol and tobacco can damage our bodies

Bristol University dental students lead workshops on oral health and the impact of too much sugar on our teeth

Children in years 5 and 6 undertake residential visits for 3 and 4 nights respectively

Competitions programme

Ashton Park Sports Partnership co-ordinates an extensive inter-school competition programme as well as Sports Festivals encouraging enjoyment from participation in a range of sports- for example tri-golf and dodge ball

Christ Church Primary participates in almost events on offer and ensures as many children as possible have the opportunity to represent our school. These include:

Cross country – Yr 3/4 and Yr 5/6 ; Netball – Yr 5/6; Football – Yr 5/6; Kwik sticks hockey – Yr 5/6; Sportshall athletics – Yr 3/4 and Yr 5/6; Tag Rugby -  Yr3/4 and 5/6; Mini tennis – Yr3/4; Aquathlon – Yr3/4 and 5/6

Christ Church School has done exceptionally well in these competitions, more often than not coming first, second or third and being asked to send teams on to regional finals.

We also co-ordinate matches and events with our local independent schools

Our gifted and talented children are signposted to clubs and development events are scheduled at Bath University sports village

We hold our Annual Sports day at Clifton College - a house event and children from Reception to year 6 earn points for their House

Extra-curricular activity

As a result of a review of our wrap around care provision and range of clubs on offer to our children, Christ Church Primary has partnered with Shine After School Clubs. Shine provide a daily breakfast club and the option of 2 after school club sessions; 3.30-4.45pm offering a choice of creative and sports activities and 4.45-6pm for a free play session. Session 1 is very popular with around 80 children attending daily. At least two Sport’s activities are on offer every day after school

In addition there are a range of teacher led clubs on offer in six week blocks. The School Council ask their peers which clubs they would like to be provided. A balance of sports and creative/specific interest clubs are chosen

Sports team clubs are run throughout the year. The sport on offer varies depending upon the sporting season and the required preparation for the start of a league or tournament

Sports premium spend in 2019/20

During the 2019/20 academic year, Christ Church School will receive £18,500 in sports premium and plans to spend as following on sports provision:

Lunchtime sports clubs


Weekly PE lessons across school


Swimming pool hire


Beggar Bush Activity Centre


Coaches to sports events


Primary Sports Partnership membership for inter school competitions


Sports equipment



One of the core aims of the site redevelopment project was to ensure a more efficient use of our outside space.

Our school now has eternally:

  • A woodland area with an all-weather rubber bonded mulch surface

  • A games court with safety lighting to ensure extended hours use in the winter months

  • Large play apparatus; a pirate ship, wooden fort, spider climbing frame and a timber trail

  • New for 2019-20 - an outdoor classroom area with space for performance, science, habitat, arts and crafts, funds donated by our PTA


  • A main hall for multi-purpose use and a second activity hall. There is an acoustic partition which enables flexible use of the space; open as one space for whole school events or closed as two separate spaces

  • Access to the hall space has been set up to enable community use and the ability to let the space. Currently we have the space hired by Tae Kwon Do, Swing dance, a drama group and Yoga club