Merton Park Primary School

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Pupils do exceptionally well at this school, in terms of both their academic and personal development.

Leaders, including governors, are relentless in their ambition to make this school the best it can be.

The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They work hard at all times and persevere with tasks that are frequently challenging.

The warm, mutually supportive relationships that staff and pupils have with each other make this a very caring, nurturing school.

Provision in the Early Years is outstanding. Children make rapid and sustained progress due to excellent teaching and imaginative activities.

The curriculum is excellent. It promotes a real love for learning in pupils, as they have many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills within a real-life context.

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PE and Sport

At Merton Park Primary all children in KS1 & KS2 have two hours of PE timetabled each week. PE at Merton Park covers the six main areas of the National Curriculum which are dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities. Swimming is offered for children in Yr 3 and 4.

Children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 develop the fundamental skills such as aiming and throwing, balance, co-ordination, control and movement. In KS2 children are able to use these fundamental skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of invasion games such as football, netball, tag rugby and hockey. KS2 children also have the opportunity to develop their skills in striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders, together with net games such as tennis.

Alongside the PE curriculum, children participate in lunchtime and after school sports clubs including dance, gymnastics, football, netball, cricket, athletics and tag rugby. A selection of these are offered at different times throughout the school year and to different year groups. 

At Merton Park, we aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. In addition to PE lessons and sporting clubs we aim to achieve this through…

  • The attendance of inter-school competitions and participation in friendly matches with local schools.
  • Organising an extra five-minute exercise activity for every pupil, led by class teachers, each day.
  • Our school sports leadership programme for Year 5 pupils.
  • Hosting a termly all school running ‘Parkrun’ themed running event.
  • Holding school playground competitions linked to key international sporting events such as the football world cup.
  • Arranging sport workshops for children to experience new sports such as skipping and skateboarding.
  • Maintaining strong links with local sports clubs such as Old Ruts, Wilton Tennis and AFC Wimbledon and encouraging pathways for talented pupils via such organisations.



Primary Schools’ Sports Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government provides funding to improve provision of PE and sport in primary schools.  

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.  OFSTED will ensure that schools spend this funding carefully and that it leads to raised standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the primary phase. 


Impact 2020-21

For this year the school received £17,748 of funding for school sport. This money was spent on our continued membership of the Merton School Sports Partnership (MSSP); external sports coaches employed by MSSP and Real Runners; supply cover for teachers accompanying sports teams to competitions, new sports equipment and a ‘taster’ skateboarding day.  

During the autumn term and the summer term the children had access to quality sports coaching and participated in the few sporting competitions that took place (many were cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions). The children enjoyed and benefited from being taught by sports coaches and our teachers' expertise improved through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons led by the coaches. In addition to this, all children enjoyed our skateboarding day.  

During the spring term, schools were all but closed to the majority of pupils due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result of this, external coaches and school-based staff were only able to teach PE to the small groups of children who were in school. Children who were learning from home were encouraged to take part in online PE lessons (such as the daily PE lesson led by Joe Wicks or Cosmic Yoga with Jaime). Teachers also encouraged children to take daily exercise outside and they were set physical challenges by their teachers.

During the summer term, the school identified that 96% of pupils in Yr 6 were able to swim a range of strokes confidently over a distance of 25 metres and could perform a safe self-rescue in water-based situations. Parents of children who did not meet this standard were given advice and support to help their child improve these swimming skills.




PE & Sport at Merton Park during 2021-22

In 2021-22 Merton Park will receive approximately £17,748 of Primary Schools Sports Funding. This money will be spent on the following:

  • Continued membership of the Merton School Sports Partnership. Skilled and experienced coaches from MSSP will teach children in KS1 & KS2 a wide range of PE skills.  MSSP organise sporting events for children in KS2, where year group scores are ranked against other Merton schools.  This will not only engage the children but will motivate them to achieve their best. The organisation provides training for our designated sports lead and organises school sports initiatives such as the ‘Refspect’ campaign, which we support. MSSP also organise competitions and … and we will use the sports funding to release a teacher to accompany the children to these events.
  • Coaches from local sports clubs (Real Runners, Wilton Tennis etc.) will deliver high-quality PE sessions.  These sessions will ensure that our staff continue to have ongoing training from specialised sports coaches in the delivery of PE.
  • The provision of a wide range of after school sports clubs. We will ensure that clubs target both boys and girls and that all children attending such clubs will have the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills in sport.
  • Children will have the opportunity to try 'taster' days of sports and activities that they may not have encountered before. We already organised for a Diwali dance group to work with the children and a group of Brit School dancers will be performing for the school in our Strictly Come Dancing celebration day at the end of a school unit focusing on dance. Further ‘taster’ days will be organised in the spring and summer terms.
  • The school will purchase new equipment to help children to keep active during playtimes and PE equipment will be replenished as required.
  • Swimming lessons will take place for Year 5 during the Autumn term as this year group missed a unit of swimming due to the pandemic. Year 4 will also receive swimming lessons in the summer term.