At Orchard, we clearly recognise the highly valuable contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children. An outline of our sporting successes in can be read in the documents at the bottom of this page. In 2014 we were delighted to win the FA Nations Cup - in effect the FA national school girls champions. 

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our highly successful provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.

The School has achieved the Silver School Games Award.

Primary School’s Sports Funding

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is currently continuing to provide funding for primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. 

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses of the funding include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits
For the academic year 2018/19, Orchard Junior School will receive nearly £20,000. This allocation of funding will be spent in the following ways:
  • Subscription to the New Forest School Partnership for sports.
  • Maintain regular training for staff of the Real PE or Real Gym scheme; 2 further teachers being trained this academic year. This will be cascaded as new training or refresher to all teaching staff through INSET.
  • Qualified PE coaches/ teachers for curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
  • Ensure inclusivity to all extra-curricular sporting and residential activities.
  • Update our key, large PE equipment.
  • Providing release time for PE leaders to monitor quality of PE provision.
  • Change4Life clubs.
  • Contribution towards sustaining the Oppie Club at Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC).
  • Contribution towards running, maintaining and hiring of school mini-buses to ensure all pupils access to participation.
  • ...engraving costs for all the fantastic trophies we win!!!!


The Impact of the Sports Premium:


Our Primary School Sports Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing specialist coaches and training for staff.

Due to the school’s coaches, Orchard pupils in Years 3-6 receive regular PE lessons of a high quality. Additionally, we make use of supplementary coaching packages  throughout the year for football and tennis. The employment of the coaches ensures a consistent and specialist delivery of the PE curriculum throughout the school year. We maintain very good links for Noadswood Academy next door, a sports specialist school. We make use of their facilities and PE staff where possible and where timetabling allows; in the past this has enabled us frequent use of their fully-equipped gymnasium and astro-turf pitches.


It is key to try to maintain some kind of sustainability from this money. To this end, staff are trained on the latest Real PE and we send teachers annually to learn/ update their skills on this. Regularly we provide PE CPD for staff as well as highlight the importance of extra-curricular activities to the children...

Extra-Curricular Clubs:

Our specialist sport coaches, and our teachers, deliver a huge number of free or subsidized extra-curricular clubs which the Sports Premium supports.

After School Clubs - all sports are provided for boys and girls. Below is a list of sports that run as a club at Orchard. Timetable for the clubs changes termly, and is posted on our school website under the clubs tab – you can see that by clicking here. 

  • Football
  • Cross country
  • Indoor athletics
  • Outdoor athletics
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Sailing (Oppie Club run at SWAC)
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Karate
  • Multi-skills
  • Tag rugby

Attendance figures for clubs:

Our PE leader last surveyed the whole school in December 2016. 

Indications showed that nearly 90% of the children in Years 5 and 6 regularly take part in organised physical activity, either as an extra-curricular activity in school or out of school.

Any fee associated with Pupil Premium children is paid for by the school.

Swimming achievement for our Year 6 (2018-19):

Please note swimming lessons take place in Year 4.

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations? 89%

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively? 89%

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 75%