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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.


School Games Kite Mark

The 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. Our school is proud to have achieved the Platinum ‘School Games Kitemark’, the highest achievement possible! This was for our excellent PE and sport provision and our additional commitment to developing our outdoor learning curriculum for all our children.


All 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. Children are also given opportunities to be involved with community projects, such as dance events and performances and local youth engagement projects.


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 Sports Leader 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 areas, 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 an appointed TA who has coaching qualifications and are delivered at Buxton Pool.
  • Coaches from local sports clubs, Community Sports Groups and our own School Sports Leader provide additional opportunities for extending the PE curriculum, after school and at lunchtime. They provide a dance club, multi-sports club and structured lunchtime activities. 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 take part in additional lunchtime activities. 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.
  • We have a 'Sports Crew' comprising of two representatives from each class who meet regularly to discuss PE with the subject leader and represent the views of their class. They take leadership roles during school sports events and work together to produce their own school sport newsletter to promote active and healthy lifestyles for our children.
  • Our Forest School Leader provides a 10 week block of afternoon sessions for our Year 3 children and works with the teachers from the other year groups to plan and deliver a block of 5 afternoon outdoor curriculum learning sessions.
  • 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 Wild Week, where the whole school participates in a wide range of active outdoor learning and take part in healthy living and eating workshops throughout the week. We hold a whole school sports morning during this week and the children take part in an opening ceremony and compete in a range of sporting activities. They take part in mixed age groups to gain points for their country team. The morning culminates in an individual flat race final.