Sports' Grant Annual Reports
2021-22 Swimming Statistics
|Meeting National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? N.B. Even though your children may swim in another year please report on their attainment on leaving primary school.||65%|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke?)||84%|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-life rescue in different water-based situations?||94%|
School Sports Funding 2022-2023
At Whitehall Junior School, we view leading healthy and active lifestyles as a priority for our children and their families. The sports funding we receive each year enables us to successfully provide a diverse range of opportunities for our children to be healthy and active. Each year, we review our spending and evaluate the effectiveness of our sports provision. This analysis is then used to widen and enhance the opportunities we provide to ensure our children continue to live healthily and actively as well as learning new strategies to be healthy. The school will spend the funding on: promoting healthy, active lifestyles; increasing numbers of children who participate in out of hours sports clubs; using external providers to deliver adventure activities; use of coaches to team teach PE lessons with school staff; and providing children with leadership opportunities within sport. The money will be allocated accordingly in order to support the school to make sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all our children.
Whitehall has been informed that we will receive approximately £19,748.00 in sports funding for the academic year 2022-23. We have also carried over from last year £9,624.44, meaning this year we have approximately £29,372.44 to spend. See the document below for how we plan to spend this sports grant:
Whitehall Junior School achieved the Gold School Games Award for 2021-2022.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as a school and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded.
At Whitehall Junior School, we will continue to use the power and inspiration of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to inspire our pupils in the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and developing a life-long love of sport. We will achieve this through assemblies, PE lessons, intra-school competitions and through extra-curricular activities, through referencing the following ethos these games provided:
- Motto: Games for everyone.
- Humanity, equality and destiny in everything we do.
- Kind hearts and never quitters.
- Friendly games.
At Whitehall Junior School, we view Physical Education as an extremely important part of the National Curriculum. All children are timetabled with two hours of PE every week. These sessions include both indoor and outdoor PE lessons. Throughout the academic year, children complete three dance and three gymnastics units through indoor sessions. Outdoor PE lessons provide children with the opportunity to take part in a range of invasive team games and individual sports as well as athletics. Our PE lessons teach the children the skills needed be successful in a range of sports. Every PE unit provides the children with the opportunity to practise the skills learnt in competitive scenarios. Our inclusive PE curriculum allows all children to develop communication, teamwork and leadership skills in a healthy competitive environment.
Sports coaches are a vital part of Physical Education and sport at Whitehall Junior School. They are deployed in a range of capacities to ensure children receive high quality teaching in both PE lessons and extra-curricular sports clubs. The sports clubs at Whitehall Junior School are delivered by fully qualified coaches. On a weekly basis, the coaches provide regular training sessions for a wide range of sports and physical activities. We have had great feedback from the children who are currently attending these clubs and it has been great to see them benefit from these wider opportunities. Our sports coaches are also utilised during lunchtimes. Every child has the opportunity to be physically active by taking part in games led by our coaches at lunchtime (as well as our trained sports ambassadors). This year we are are continuing to work with Super Star Sports coaches. Our dedicated PE coordinator, who has worked alongside trained sports coaches for a number of years, will work alongside our teachers throughout the year to develop their PE teaching skills; this will involve team-teaching and observation sessions to ensure our teachers continue to deliver high quality PE lessons.
As well as the clubs ran by external sports coaches, a number of Whitehall staff also give up their free time to deliver squad training sessions. From these squad training sessions, children have the opportunity to represent Whitehall in a range of inter-school competitions. These competitions consist of leagues where matches take place on a weekly basis and knock-out tournaments.
At Whitehall, we see swimming not only as a great way to stay healthy and active, but as a fundamental life skill. To help prepare children for life outside the classroom, we have continued to provide Year 5 with regular swimming lessons throughout the year. By introducing swimming lessons at an earlier age we hope to see an increase in the amount of children who can swim 25m by the time they leave in Year 6.
Intra-school (level 1) competitions
At Whitehall, we exploit intra-school competitions through:
- PE lessons
- Play leaders at lunchtime
- Trained pupil sport leaders leading play leader tasks at lunchtime
- Whole school intra-sports competitions
- Sports day
- Health and Fitness Week
Inter-school (level 2) competitions
Netball Training and League
Miss Costa was delighted with the number of pupils who were committed to attend our weekly netball training sessions on a Monday lunchtime. This year saw an improvement in pupils' basic skills as well as their knowledge of the game. It was wonderful to see the improvements everyone made as well as the enthusiasm you all showed for this sport. Each week you were set new challenges and it was wonderful to see the determination you all showed to improve further. Those who represented the school in netball league matches this academic year played extremely well and represented the school brilliantly.
Football Training and League
Mr Jones was overwhelmed by the number of pupils who were committed to attend our weekly football training sessions on a Tuesday lunchtime. He was delighted with the enthusiasm and determination by all who attended to further develop in their spatial awareness and specific skill development. Those who represented the school in football league matches this year showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout and improved their performances as the league progressed.
On Saturday 19th November, we took a football team of Year 6 boys to take part in the Packham Cup Memorial Tournament, which was held at Ryefield School. This is a District tournament that has been running since 1963! The team played extremely well throughout the group matches and we are very proud of their achievements during this competition.
Eighteen children (nine boys and nine girls) took part in the Sportshall Athletics competition during the afternoon of Thursday 24th November (the venue was Swakeleys School). The event was action packed with a variety of races, throwing and jumping events. The hall was full of excited athletes determined to do the best they could in their events to win valuable points for their school. All of our pupils performed brilliantly in their events and showed amazing sportsmanship throughput the afternoon. We came sixth place overall from the eighteen schools that competed. A great achievement amongst very strong competition!
Girls' Netball Rally
On Saturday 25th February, we took a team to take part in the District Girls' Netball Rally, which was held at Ryefield School. The team played well throughout their group phase matches of the competition, beating Oak Farm B 2-0, but unfortunately, our team did not progress to the quarter finals. All eight girls who played did very well and we are very proud of all of their performances and great sportsmanship in their matches! Thank you to all the parents who came and supported us during this competition.
Mixed Netball Rally
On Saturday 4th March, we took two teams to take part in the District Mixed Netball Rally, which was held at Ryefield School. Both teams played very well throughout the group phase of the competition: with Team B winning one of their three games and Team A winning two of their three games. Unfortunately, neither team progressed to the quarter-finals, with Team A only narrowly missing out on progressing to the next round of the competition on goal difference. All sixteen players performed very well and we are very proud of all of their achievements during the rally and their great sportsmanship! Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported us!
Congratulations to all members of our cross country team who competed at Vyners' playing fields this afternoon in extremely wet conditions. All runners completed the tough 2000m course. An extra 'well done' to Eduardo, who finished 16th out of over 90 boys and Ayat.K, who finished 22nd out of over 90 girls!
Boys' Netball Rally
On Monday 27th March, eight boys participated in this year's boys' netball rally for the Uxbridge District at Ryefield School. They were drawn in a tough group yet they did not let this hinder their performance. They won two games, drew a game and lost a game. This meant that they progressed to the semi-final and played against Hillingdon A. The standard of play that our team showed in the semi-final was very impressive yet despite this, we did not qualify to the final. However, the team did receive bronze medals for their fantastic performance in this competition. The team showed wonderful sportsmanship throughout the tournament and there was some phenomenal shooting too. Thank you to all of the family members who came along to support the team.
District Swimming Gala
Congratulations to the six children who competed in the District Swimming Gala last night (04/05/23). The children swam exceptionally well in the following events: Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay. We are extremely proud of everyone who competed. A particular well done to Aleeza for winning bronze in the individual girls' Freestyle race and Abdirahman for winning bronze in the individual boys' Backstroke race. Thank you to all the parents for coming to support your children and the school.
Quadkids Athletics Competition
Ten Year 6 pupils represented the school this afternoon at the Uxbridge District Quadkids Athletics Competition, which was held at Hillingdon Athletics Track. The children were competing against fifteen other schools in four disciplines: 75 metre sprint, 600 metre run, standing long jump and Vortex Howler throw. We are proud to announce that we achieved third place and our team came away with bronze medals. They modelled great sporting behaviour throughout the competition and performed exceptionally well in all disciplines. Well done!
District Tag Rugby Competition
Whitehall Junior School hosted this year's District Tag Rugby Competition on Thursday 25th June. In addition to hosting this event, we also had two teams representing our school. Both teams played exceptionally well in their group matches; 'Whitehall B Team' won two of their matches and 'Whitehall A Team' won all four of their matches. Unfortunately, only 'Whitehall A Team' progressed to the semi-final stage of the competition, where they played 'Heathrow'. It was a tough semi-final yet Whitehall won this match and progressed to the final, where they faced 'Hillingdon A'. It was a tense final but the team performed brilliantly and won the match and the competition! It was an event that was enjoyed by all and congratulations to 'Whitehall A Team' for receiving gold medals and winning the trophy!