School Information

Sports Statement


At Ridgeway Primary School we recognise the important contribution participation in physical activity makes to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that engagement in Physical Education not only helps to develop a pupils’ physical competence, but that it also has a huge impact on developing their confidence and self-esteem, as it is a subject in which success does not depend on academic ability. We believe it is particularly important to teach basic skills in a range of sports to enable children to discover their own strengths and talents which they can continue to develop further in out of school clubs or at secondary school.

Our PE Curriculum

Our school is committed to ensuring that all our pupils have access to a wide range of high quality PE and Sport provision. As part of this commitment,  a fully qualified Sports Coach is employed to deliver the PE curriculum at Ridgeway. All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 benefit from his expertise. His passion and enthusiasm for PE and Sport has been instrumental in engaging the vast majority of our pupils and inspiring them to participate in further physical activity outside of the school day. In addtion to our Sports Coach, we also make use of external providers and have a good working relationship with Progressive Sports.

All pupils currently receive a minimum of 2 hours of high quality well-planned PE per week, one lesson delivered by our Sports Coach or Progressive Sports and the other by their class teacher. This curriculum provision is further boosted by the numerous extra- curricular activities that are on offer throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 both during the lunchtime and after school.

We have the facilities to provide one indoor lesson and one outdoor lesson each week, with the indoor lesson focusing on gymnastics and dance and the outdoor on games and athletics. In addition, all pupils in Year 4 have a swimming lesson each week for 30 weeks of the year at the local leisure centre. As part of the schools aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities which pupils might not otherwise have, during the summer term 2018 for a period of 10 weeks, pupils in Year 5 participated in a 2 hour Ice Skating tuition at Cannock Ice Rink; pupils in Year 3 visited Chasewater and Shugborough Outdoor Education Centres for a weekly 2 hour session enaging in a variety of Outdoor Activities including: Bouldering, Orientering, Archery, Canoeing, Team Games and Caving; and Year 6 took part in a weekly session of Karate for 6 weeks.


Other Facilities

School has developed its sporting facilities further with the addition of a Multi-Purpose Games Area (MUGA) in 2015.

In 2016 the middle playground was remodelled to create an enclosed ball area. The children have nicknamed this 'The Cage'. 

In 2018 school commissioned the build of a new studio which is used for a range of sporting activities.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. All class teachers commit to delivering an extra curricular club at some point during the year. The Sporting Opportunities Booklets at the top of this page show some of the sporting clubs which have been available in 2018 - 2019.

Competitive Sports

Throughout the year, we participate in a range of competitive sporting events. We believe participation in competitive sports is important as it encourages children not to give up when things go wrong, to build resilience and develop positive attitudes. They learn to be good sportsmen and women; learning to lose with dignity and to be humble when they win.

The Sporting Opportunities Booklets above give an overview of the competitions and events which pupils from Ridgeway had the opportunity to participate in during 2018 - 2019.

Partnership Work

Our school is part of the Burntwood Cooperative Learning Trust;  a group of four primary schools, with whom we hold regular interschool tournaments with each school taking its turn to host various events.

We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in Inter-School competitions. Events in 2018 - 2019 have included football, archery and tag rugby tournaments as well as the annual swimming gala. 

The school also holds its annual sports day, where children compete against each other within their ‘school houses’. Competitive sports of this nature also give the opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills with all students being allowed to compete.

Cross Curricular Links

PE and sport are also delivered across the curriculum.

External Links

Another factor that contributes to our success in promoting physical activity and sporting excellence is our links with outside sporting clubs in the local area. By having links to the wider community we can ensure that children are getting the best opportunities to take part in a sport. CTFC hosts its under 10's team at Ridgeway and many of our pupils play for them. 

During school holidays Progressive Sports provide Multi-skills weeks at the school, promoting pupils to be active during the holiday periods.

PE Equipment

Our equipment is up to date and regulated each term and new stock is brought each year.


We believe that the physical education experiences children have at primary school will shape their future perception of physical activity.

The enthusiasm and enjoyment of the pupils at Ridgeway Primary School is testament to the passion and dedication of its entire staff.

Pupils leave the school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits and for those who enjoy the competitive side, gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and sport.


PE & Sports Premium Funding Statement for 2019 - 2020


Proposed spend for the 2020 2021 PE & Sports Premium

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

Please complete all of the below*:

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


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?


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


Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?