At Sacred Heart we deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum which aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. There are many opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

We aim to ensure that all pupils: 

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

We deliver these aims through weekly circuit training in KS2, Wake-up Shake-up in KS1 and Jungle Journey in EYFS. As well as this we focus on specific sports on a half termly basis.

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.

Primary School’s Sports Funding

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at Highlees Primary School that will mean around £9,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Recently the government have committed to funding the primary school Sports Premium up until 2020 - an investment worth £750 million.

Purpose of the funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses of the funding include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits


Below are examples of how successful sport is at Sacred Heart:

Wharfedale Cross Country League  2015/16

This year there are 5 cross-country races for all children, starting with reception races earlier on in the morning followed by Year 6 races finishing off the day near to midday. They occur on Saturday mornings.

Information about each race shall be sent out in advance via ParentMail.

This year they are:

  • 10th October at Ghyll Royd
  • 7th November at Westville House
  • 21st November at Ben Rhydding Primary
  • 6th February at Ashlands
  • 5th March at All Saints Primary

Ghyll Royd Cross Country

Ben Rhydding Cross Country

Due to the varying weather conditions we were unable to take photos at Ben Rhydding. However, it has been noted by various other schools that the girls from Year 1 set a fantastic example to everyone at the cross country. The girls stopped running in order to help a team mate who had fallen down. Not only did they help bring the other child to their feet, they all finished the race together with a booming smile on their faces!

Ashlands Cross Country

KS2 Cross-Country finals at Nell Bank

Year 6 Wharfe Valley Football League 2016/17:

What a fantastic year we have had in the football league. The Year 6 boys, with a little help from the Year 5 boys, came second place in the league. Narrowly missing out on the first place spot by just 3 points. The girls (Y5 and 6) also had an outstanding year in the league by finishing in 3rd position. Again, narrowly missing out on the top spot by 4 points. 

The boys and the girls also qualified for the Champions League Trophy Tournament where the boys came first with a last minute winner and the girls came second beating their rivals who pipped them at the post in the league.

Congratulations to both teams who showed great sportsmanship and represented the school so well.