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Buxton Junior School


Buxton Junior School PE and Sport Provision

At Buxton Junior School we aim to inspire and engage children’s interest in sporting activities through providing a wide range of opportunities within school, after school and within the wider community. We aim to foster children’s interest in physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles in order to establish long lasting lifestyle messages and we positively encourage children to share, respect, support, trust and work together.


Sainsbury’s School Games Kite Mark

Our school is proud to have achieved the ‘School Games Kitemark’, the highest achievement possible ‘Gold’ for the third year running! The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition and sport across their school.


All of our children take part in regular intra-school competitions and some children go on to represent our school at local sporting competitions. There are also opportunities for our SEND children and gifted and talented children to take part in specific competitions and festivals.


School Sports Premium Funding

Our school has a detailed plan to improve the quality of PE provision for all pupils. The plan includes an overview of sports premium spending and a review of the impact of the allocated funds.

We pay subscriptions to be part of the ‘Buxton School Competition Cluster’ and the  ‘High Peak Schools Sports Partnership’, whose aims are to provide schools with the opportunity to take part in competitions against Buxton schools, and schools across the High Peak area, and to receive sports coaching and training.

Our school PE and Sport successes and achievements are celebrated and reported to parents termly in a newsletter for parents.

PE and Sport Curriculum

Our children participate in two PE and Sport curriculum lessons a week. One is taught by our Specialist Sports Coach and Sports Teaching Assistant and one is delivered by the Class Teacher. As a school we also believe that active participation in other curriculum areas can increase children’s ability to learn. Staff are encouraged to develop ways to make learning in all areas of the curriculum as active as possible and to utilise our outdoor learning areas.

Our Curriculum Aims

-To develop skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination and fluency.

-To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.

-To develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciation of the value of safe exercising.

-To develop the ability to work as a team player, taking the lead and learning to work collaboratively with others.

-To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being.


Curriculum Planning and Organisation

  • We are very lucky to have such a large and versatile outside space at Buxton Junior School. Our playground area, playzone, woodland area, field and hall are all used to facilitate Physical Education.
  • Swimming lessons are provided, for all Year 5 children, by qualified teachers from Derbyshire County Council and appointed TAs who have coaching qualifications and are delivered at Buxton Pool.
  • Coaches from local sports clubs, Community Sports Groups and our own School Sports Coach provide additional opportunities for extending the PE curriculum before school, after school and at lunchtime. They provide before school fitness sessions, a dance club, multi-sports club, athletics club and gifted and talented club. These sessions are all free for our children to attend. We also welcome coaches from local sports and community groups to promote their clubs and provide taster sessions for our children.
  • Children who do not take part in any extra-curricular sports clubs or after school activities are invited to a ‘Change4Life’ Club, run by a member of our staff and our Year 5 Change4Life Ambassadors. These are run in the spring and summer terms and help to establish healthy lifestyles.
  • Playground Leader and Sport Ambassador Training is provided for Year 5 children, so that they can run playground challenges for our children at lunchtime.
  • Our Forest School Leader provides a 10 week block of afternoon sessions for our Year 3 children and provides additional activities for some children from other year groups throughout the year.
  • Our Year 6 pupils take part in a three day residential visit to Whitehall or Lea Green during the Autumn Term.
  • Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to participate in Bikeability Training.
  • The school has links with the local secondary schools who provide sports leaders and young coaches to support events.
  • Every year we hold a Healthy School Week, where the whole school participates in a wide range of sporting activities, competitions and Whole School Sports Morning delivered by our staff and Coaches from Community Clubs. The children also take part in healthy living and eating workshops throughout the week.