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, to cover 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 & 4. Alongside the PE Curriculum the children have the opportunity to participate in lunchtime and after school sports clubs including dance, gymnastics, football, netball, cricket, athletics & tag rugby. A selection of these are offered at different times throughout the school year and to different year groups. 

All children also take part in an additional 5 minutes of vigorous activity in the playground, led by their teacher, at least once a day.  This should involve the children getting out of breath so that they feel energised when they return to their classroom.  We have also introduced a termly 'Parkrun' which involves all the children and staff and many parents too.

We aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. 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.  These skills are also transferrable to striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders, together with net games such as tennis.

We enter school sport competitions to allow children to be competitive and to give opportunities to our children who have demonstrated ability in a particular area of PE.

We aim to further improve the quality of our PE programme by:

  • Introducing coaching in a wider range of sports, using professional sports coaches
  • Using our sports coaches to develop teachers’ skills as well as to teach the children
  • Delivering staff training to help teachers develop their skills in teaching PE
  • Exploring good practice in other schools to further improve our PE provision
  • Providing additional coaching for our sports teams to develop their skills
  • Having inter-school sports competitions to provide further competitive opportunities for children



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 2019-20

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 and on supply teachers to cover school teachers who accompanied school teams to different sporting competitions.

During the autumn term and the first half of the spring term the children had access to quality sports coaching and participated in sporting competitions. This benefited all children in KS1 & KS2, although it was mostly KS2 children who were involved in competitive sporting events. 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, all children took part in a Parkour taster day.  

However, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, schools closed to all but a few pupils from 23rd March until the partial re-opening of schools in June.  Because of this we 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 demonstrate these swimming skills.



PE & Sport at Merton Park during 2020-21

In 2020-21  Merton Park will receive approximately £17,748 of Primary Schools Sports Funding.

Schools re-opened to all children in September 2020.  Through planning (risk assessment) and following clear safety guidelines, we have been able to resume outdoor PE lessons led by sports coaches.  However, there is no time-line for reintroducing inter-school sports competitions or festivals.

  • We will use sports funding to pay for 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 have organised competitive 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.
  •  We will ensure that there is a good range of sports represented in our after school sports club provision and that both boys and girls have opportunities to develop their confidence and skills in sports that they may not have considered before.
  • We will work with other partners (Old Ruts, Wimbledon FC, Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative, local tennis clubs, Real Runners athletics coaching) to improve participation and motivation.  These links will help to ensure that our staff receive ongoing training in the delivery of PE and encourage our children to develop their skills through attendance of community sports clubs.
  • Children will have the opportunity to try 'taster' days of sports and activities that they may not have encountered before and these will take place in the summer term.
  • The school will purchase new equipment to help children to keep active during playtimes.
  • Swimming lessons have been suspended during the Covid pandemic, as swimming pools have been closed for school lessons since March 2020.  There is, as yet, no timeline for reinstating lessons for groups of 30 children.