St. Gregory’s offers exceptional opportunities for all pupils to access a range of physical activities and develop their physical skills. As part of the recent OFSTED report, Physical Education was judged outstanding and, with the extra provision of alternative sports, all of the children are currently accessing a wider range of provision and activities that are extra to the curriculum. The school has also been awarded Healthy School status and the ‘Active mark’ for its PE provision. In addition, St. Gregory's have achieved the Bronze award for the School Games Mark and are currently working towards the Silver Award. Through links with the PE Partnership, children in all key stages have been taught by specialist teachers in dance, gymnastics and games. Specialist coaches team-teach with each class teacher to deliver high quality multi-skilled lessons,which enhance the quality of PE provision and improve staff knowledge for all areas of the PE curriculum.
To enhance pupil participation, a Sports Council is set up within school alongside a plethora of extra-curricular activities to meet the needs of all children. Children are keen to share their thoughts for the development of the PE provision and curriculum which we offer at St Gregory’s, with regular meetings scheduled with the sports councillors and PE co-ordinators to discuss new ideas to enhance PE further. The sports councillors help to organise inter house competitions across our Multi academy and these take place regularly to allow the children to compete in a variety of sporting activities.
All pupils in year 4 and 5 have the opportunity to complete cycling proficiency and road safety courses. As part of the extended schools provision, all pupils may access sporting activities including, football, athletics, tag rugby, netball, cricket, cross-country, hockey and many more. In addition to the curriculum sports, the children are also able to access alternative sports within their PE lessons some of which include: fencing, archery, yoga, boxercise and orienteering. There are school teams for football, netball, rugby, athletics, swimming and rounders in addition to the Dance clubs that run throughout the year.
To ensure that we are working towards a 'mentally healthy' school, St. Gregory's have recently held a Health and Wellbeing week whereby all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6, took part in a multitude of activities to develop their understanding of a healthy mindset and a positive wellbeing. We will continue to hold specific health weeks in the future to develop the children's resilience as this was greatly received by all staff, pupils and parents.