Since September 2013, government Education, Sports and Health departments have issued Lacey Gardens Junior School with a substantial yearly amount of money, ring-fenced to be spent by the school on ‘improving the quality of sport and PE’.
With careful planning and consideration, the school is delighted with the outcome and provision it has been able to provide to all pupils this academic year and will build upon these foundations for the academic year of 2015-16.
In summary, the money awarded has:
This year has again seen pupils from Lacey Gardens Junior School gain numerous successes, and a significant increase on the droughted previous years. Numerous trophies adorn a dedicated sports area, affectionately known to the children as ‘Bling Corner’. Children have celebrated their achievements weekly, on a Friday, in Celebration Assembly.
The Autumn Term running club prepared pupils to compete at Level 2 in cross country, gaining ranked team prizes. At the Louth Athletic Club School’s Cross Country event in October, 44 pupils participated and gained prizes for individual running and combined efforts. In the most recent event, funded by the PE and Sports Premium, 11 teams of 3 pupils participated at the London Road Sports Ground achieving overall gold medals for the Y3/4 girls relay, and gold again in the Y5/6 boys relay event. As a school, we encourage pupils to continue with sporting opportunities, actively promoting local clubs and their events.
Sports funding allowed pupils from all year groups to access specialist coaching at after-school football clubs. In October, two Year 5/6 boys teams participating at level 2 5 a-side football, resulting in LGJS being winners in the Louth-area tournament.
The inclusive sport of Goalball was re-introduced as an extra-curricular activity, with the equipment purchased with Sports Funding the previous year. At the inter-school tournament (Level 2 School Games), a team from Lacey Gardens scooped the first place prize and went on to represent the WSSP at the Level 3 Inclusive School Games in July. During the Level 3 School Games, pupils demonstrated skills of teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship- amongst others. Lacey Gardens have once again qualified for the Level 3 School Games to defend their title.
Through the Sports Premium, Amila, a professional Sri Lankan Cricketer seconded to the Louth CC, has been able to ‘upskill’ our young players and staff. Two teams of Y5 pupils, and 2 teams of Y6 pupils took part in an extremely well organised Kwik Cricket tournament at the London Road Sports Ground in June. After a final match between Lacey Gardens and Greenwich House Independent School, LGJS scooped the coveted first place.
Two Change4Life clubs have taken place after school- instilling essential health education to a selected group of pupils. As part of this, pupils have accessed non-competitive games at interschool level, being rewarded with treasured medals for their effort. Towards the end of the academic year, Y5/6 pupils shared their Get Going Gang activities with the younger Y3/4 pupils
The annual Sports Days took a traditional feel with a variety of track and field events, using skills taught during the coaching session provided by JB Sports. Sports Funding money provided incentives and additional equipment- even if the flying foam discus did worry some of our spectators!
One of the most notable and impacting events that took place this academic year, was the visit from British Cycling (organised through WSSP). After a day of time-trialing, 5 boys and 5 girls were selected to take part in an Italian-style pursuit at Cadwell Park, as part of the British National Road Championships. Our boys took gold and the girls were awarded silver. Due to the success of this, it is hoped that a cycling club will be organised for the first term of 2015-16, with our older pupils.
Pupils have been able to visit local secondary schools to experience other well- organised events (WSSP)- Orienteering, Multi-Skills, Kurling, Netball and Basketball to name just a few.
We are currently ranked with Sportsmark SILVER award as testament to the commitments to health, sport and fitness at Lacey Gardens. Data collected shows a significant increase in the number of our pupils having been engaged in extra-curricular sporting. PE and Sports funding is allowing a much higher percentage of pupils to access extra- curricular activities, Level 2 events and to achieve their potential.
During the academic year of 2015-16, we aim to enhance our sporting successes and further engage our pupils through projections/plans/ideas such as: