Sports Premium

All primary schools in England receive additional funding through the PE and Sport Premium, which they must use to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that they offer.

In 2022-23, we received £17,990 through the premium. To find out how we spent this funding, what impact it had and the next steps we have identified, read our 2022-23 PE and Sport Premium Report, here.

We began by identifying both our key achievements from the previous year:  

  • 2016-2017, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2021-22 achieved GOLD School Games Award. 
  • 69% of Year 1-6 pupils engaged in extra-curricular sporting activity (through range of clubs provided free by the school).  
  • High level of participation in intra-school competitions (seven intra-school events held, involving all children in KS2). 
  • Increased participation in inter-school competitions (returning close to pre-pandemic levels). 
  • Bikeability sessions in 2021 ensured that all children in Year 5/6 completed Level 1 and 82% completed Level 2. 
  • Achieved SSfT KS1 Sports Mark in 2019-20. 
  • Represented Stevenage at County Finals in Table Tennis, Indoor Athletics, Girls Football, Girls Cricket & Mixed Cricket in last full year pre-pandemic. 
  • Organised and hosted Stevenage Schools FA Tournaments, Cup Finals and end-of-season presentations. 

We then identified key areas for improvement in the coming year:

  • To maintain and improve the number of pupils engaged in extra-curricular sports activities in KS2. 
  • To widen the range of opportunities for children in KS1 to participate in extra-curricular sports activities. 
  • To increase the opportunities for pupils to compete in intra- and inter-school sporting activities. 
  • To improve the number of Y6 pupils able to swim a distance of at least 25 metres on exit from Bedwell. 
  • To develop the provision of PE, aiming to achieve the Platinum Sports Mark by the end of the academic year. 
  • To ensure the provision of PE consistently meets the criteria of the SSfT KS1 Sports Mark.

"Staff provide a range of additional activities and opportunities including sports clubs and visits to places of interest. These broaden pupils experience and raise their aspirations."

Ofsted report, 2022

Our action plan

Having identified our areas for improvement, we then put together our action plan for 2022/23, based around the 'Key indicators' identified by the Association for Physical Education: 

  • Key indicator 1 - The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - £12,384 planned spend = 69% of total
  • Key indicator 3 - Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff teaching PE and sport - £248 = 1% of total   
  • Key indicator 4 - Broader experience of a range of sports offered to all pupils - £1500 planned spend = 8% of total
  • Key indicator 5 - Increased participation in competitive sport - £3858 = 21% of total

To see how the spending against each indicator is broken down, and the impact that it is having, please read our full report, here.


Finally, there is a big national drive to improve the quality of swimming provision in primary schools, and as a result all schools have been asked to share key information about the swimming ability of school leavers:

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

  • 36.4%  

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? 

  • 63.6% 

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? 

  • 0% 
Early Years Admissions  

If you're looking for a place in Nursery or Reception, you can find out lots more about our school in our Early Years Prospectus.

We're always keen to show potential new applicants around - just get in touch with the school office to arrange a tour. 

Once you're ready to apply, head to the admissions page to find out more about the process - we run Nursery admissions ourselves, but from Reception upwards, these need to be made via Herts County Council.