Clavering PESSPA Programme: developing a lifelong love of physical activity

This webpage fulfils our statutory obligation to publish details online of how we spend our PE and Sport Premium.

'The Physical Education (PE), School Sport and Physical Activity Programme Director ensures that the additional sport funding is extremely well used.' (Ofsted, 2019)

'The recent funding to promote pupils’ physical development and extend sporting activities is being used very well.' (Ofsted, 2014)

Other PESSPA-related findings from Ofsted, 2019: 

There is a strong programme of competition, residential activities, and after-school clubs available to pupils.

Leaders monitor pupils’ participation levels to ensure that increasing numbers of pupils can represent their school. Curriculum plans are well thought through to ensure that pupils acquire the knowledge and skills required to make excellent progress. As a result, all Year 6 pupils have successfully achieved their 25 metres swimming award and have represented their school in competition.

In PE, study progression documents are extremely detailed. They identify precisely how activities will build upon those previously taught to enable pupils to make excellent progress.

The highly effective PE curriculum provides an important contribution to pupils’ mental and physical wellbeing. It instils in pupils the importance of staying fit and healthy and the benefits of being active. This is evidenced by the wide range of after-school clubs accessed by pupils.

Playtimes are full of fun. There are lots of activities for pupils to participate in, should they wish to. Older pupils support younger pupils in their play by organising games.

Other PESSPA-related findings from Ofsted, 2014: 

Pupils really enjoy the very wide range of activities and clubs available to them, especially the different sports activities and are rightly proud of their sporting successes.

In the playground, pupils play well with each other and appreciate the very wide range of play equipment provided for them.

There are excellent opportunities for pupils to engage in a range of additional activities and clubs and pupils appreciate the opportunities to go on school visits and the residential visits.

'I’ve never entered a school which had embedded a culture of Physical Activity more so than Clavering Primary School: a pioneer for Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) across the country, operating in a local authority with very little opportunities.' Clavering Primary School is 'a beacon of best practice for all things PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.' (Jordan Stephenson, Regional Development Officer, Youth Sport Trust)

'The Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) provision provided by Clavering Primary School is exceptional.' and 'It is fantastic to see how the School Games values and passion for the subject are embedded across the school and embraced by all students, members of staff and governors.' (Kate Robinson, Hartlepool School Games Organiser)

Clavering Primary School is 'a stellar example of what is possible through PESSPA' and 'there are few schools out there doing as much as Clavering; plus what is so special at Clavering is that it is embedded and led by pupils.' (Stuart Kay, Schools Director, Youth Sport Trust)

This video was put together by members of our PESSPA team and PESSPA pupil leaders in 2018-2019.

Anyone visiting Clavering Primary School can see the impact that the government’s PE and Sport Premium has had in allowing us to develop the Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme. The funding has helped us to transform Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity at Clavering, bringing us valuable connections across the country; this is particularly important given that we are a single maintained school in a Local Authority that has no School Sport Partnership or coordinated town-wide PESSPA Programme.

The Clavering PESSPA Programme now brings benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond and, year on year, is helping to transform our children’s physical and mental health for the better, providing 'an important contribution to pupils' mental and physical well-being. It instils in pupils the importance of staying fit and healthy and the benefits of being active.' (Ofsted)

Working with the Department for Education; Department of Health & Social Care; Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; and international, national and local organisations: 

Since the launch of the government's PE and Sport Premium and the transformation of the Clavering PESSPA Programme, it has been an honour to work with governmental departments and major organisations to showcase the impact of the additional funding, providing qualitative and quantitative evidence of the positive impact of the PE and Sport Premium on children's physical health and mental wellbeing.


The Department for Education’s vision for the PE and sport funding is: ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following objective: to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (above) that will live on well beyond the PE and sport funding.

Further background information:

In April 2013, the Government announced new PE and sport funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and sport – often referred to in the media as a ‘Sport Premium’. This funding is intended to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.

When asked about the PE and sport funding at its launch, Lord Coe reflected: ‘When I stood up in Singapore in 2005, I spoke of London’s vision to connect young people with the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. By focussing on primary schools, we have the opportunity to use sport and physical activity to shape the daily lives of young people. I know from my own experience what an impact teachers and their engagement can have on the lives of young people.’

In February 2014, former Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that the funding will continue until 2020, emphasising that: ‘Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond - it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.’

In July 2017, the Department for Education confirmed that the PE and sport funding would double from September 2017.


Following the government’s funding formula, we have been awarded:

  • £5,717 for the period September 2013 to March 2014;
  • £3,608 for the period April 2014 to August 2014;
  • £5,518 for the period September 2014 to March 2015;
  • £3,942 for the period April 2015 to August 2015;
  • £5,565 for the period September 2015 to March 2016;
  • £3,975 for the period April 2016 to August 2016;
  • £5,524 for the period September 2016 to March 2017;
  • £3,946 for the period April 2017 to August 2017;
  • £11,136 for the period September 2017 to March 2018;
  • £7,954 for the period April 2018 to August 2018;
  • £11,188 for the period September 2018 to March 2019;
  • £7,992 for the period April 2019 to August 2019;
  • £11,130 for the period September 2019 to March 2020;
  • £7,950 for the period April 2020 to August 2020;
  • £11,142 for the period September 2020 to March 2021.
  • £7,958 for the period April 2021 to August 2021;
  • £11,025 for the period September 2021 to March 2022;
  • £7,875 for the period April 2022 to August 2022;
  • £11,124 for the period September 2022 to March 2023;
  • £7,964 for the period April 2023 to August 2023.


In line with governmental expectations, we focus our funding on five key indicators:

    • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles;
    • the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement;
    • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
    • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
    • increased participation in competitive sport.


We are using our funding to improve these five areas as follows:


  • External assessment: the 'quality of physical activity' at Clavering Primary School is rated as being GOLD by the Youth Sport Trust (YST).
  • Clavering PESSPA specialists have worked collaboratively with the Department for Education to share best practice via their online physical activity platform.
  • Nationally, the Clavering Physical Activity Strategy has been shared at national YST and Schools Games conferences and through case studies with professionals working in tens of thousands of schools; plus, our PESSPA Programme Director has been a keynote speaker at several face-to-face and online conferences for national organisations and regional school sport partnerships.
  • Locally, the impact of the Clavering Physical Activity Strategy has been shared at local conferences and via the ‘Love Hartlepool’ website; our PESSPA Programme Director is now part of the town’s Obesity Strategy Steering Group.
  • Clavering was one of the founding members of the ‘Well Schools’ movement, powered by the YST and the BUPA Foundation: a growing organisation of like-minded organisations that believe that wellbeing should be at the heart of education.
  • Clavering is a YST Lead Health & Wellbeing School: a national network of lead schools that are committed to maximising the use of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and achievement as part of whole school improvement.
  • Our specialist training means that we recognise that girls’ needs differ and change as they mature and that girls themselves are uniquely positioned to ‘sell’ physical activity to other girls; the impact of our ‘Girls Active’ Programme has received a national award from the YST, Women In Sport and This Girl Can.
  • We are resolutely committed to supporting our pupils to be physical active outside of school; our impact in supporting families to be physically active has received a national award from the YST and Sky Sports as well as a national Community Education Award.

Both for physical health and wellbeing benefits, we aim to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport).

At Clavering, all staff members know that they have a responsibility to promote active, healthy lifestyles and our school staff body is full of positive role models who lead healthy, active lifestyles.

Having consulted with families, pupils and staff, we launched our Clavering 30:30 Physical Activity Strategy in July 2017 with the aim of ensuring that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes during every school day and that no Clavering pupil is sedentary for longer than thirty minutes during any school day. This is being achieved in a strategic, systematic and fun way that promotes both active breaks and active learning. For example, our ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions provide daily opportunities to improve strength and fitness through a programme that we have designed ourselves that covers core, upper body and lower body strength as well as cardiovascular fitness. Part of our PE and Sport Premium has been used to purchase and develop resources for our additional physical activity opportunities, including active learning, active breaks and our 'Get Up, Get Active' sessions.

The impact of our physical strategy is that we know that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least thirty minutes in school every day. Following the introduction of our physical activity strategy, our teachers have found that pupils are concentrating more, focusing better and are less distracted during lessons. Attendance figures have benefited  because nearly every pupil comes in before the official start of the school day to participate in their ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions. Over time, we also expect to see improvements in our pupils’ fitness levels and strength.

Amongst our pupils, our Upper School pupils are trained as PESSPA Leaders and Girls Active Leaders who make a significant contribution in running our playtime, lunchtime and after-school clubs; in addition, we have Year 6 children who help run our 'Get Up, Get Active' sessions every morning in Key Stage 1.

In addition to our school sport training, we run daily breaktime and lunchtime clubs and activities. Some of these sessions target specific groups of pupils, e.g. children who need additional physical literacy input or children who are considered to be less active. All of our breaktime and lunchtime initiatives are organised freely by Clavering staff members, but part of our PE and Sport Premium is used to purchase resources (including specialist physical  literacy and movement resources) for the different activities. After-school, we run PESSPA clubs every day and, again, part of our PE and Sport Premium is used to purchase resources to help provide a broad range of activities. A large percentage of Clavering pupils participate in our breaktime, lunchtime and after-school activities and the number of pupils participating in extra-curricular PESSPA activities has increased significantly since the launch of the PE and Sport Premium.

We are keenly aware that, nationally, there are vulnerable groups of pupils who are not engaged in PE and/or active lifestyles; as a school, we aim to ensure that this isn’t the case at Clavering. For example, Clavering girls are widely regarded for their commitment to and enthusiasm for PE, sport and active lifestyles and we are honoured to have been awarded ‘Girls active’ status for our commitment to and success in engaging and retaining girls in physical activity. We have used part of our PE and Sport Premium to participate in 'Girls active' training for staff and pupils and we have a highly-skilled, committed team of 'Girls active' leaders who are involved in leading clubs and activities, including our termly 'Girls Active' afternoons. We are proud to have received a national ‘Future Leader Award’ from the YST, Women In Sport and This Girl Can for the impact of our Girls Active Programme on girls’ physical health and mental wellbeing.

As a school, we are conscious of how we can ensure that our children continue to be active outside of school and, in particular, continue to lead healthy, active lifestyles when they leave Clavering. We are always very keen to develop partnerships with and advertise the work of local sports clubs, dance and performing arts schools and other organisations who promote healthy, active lifestyles. This work is increasingly done through our PESSPA Twitter account (@ClaveringPESSPA) and we are delighted with the large number of Clavering children who are involved in sports clubs and dance/performing arts schools outside of school. Similarly, we work tirelessly to support families to be physically active outside of school and this work has been recognised with a national award from the YST and Sky Sports.


Throughout our school, we appreciate that ‘academic attainment and quality of leadership [are] generally better in those schools with strong sport provision’ (Ofsted, 2014) and that there is ‘an overall positive association between the quality of provision of competitive sport and academic attainment in schools’ (Ofsted, 2014).

  • External assessment: our achievement in 'using high quality PE and school sport as a catalyst for learning' is rated as GOLD by the YST.
  • The impact of the Clavering PESSPA Programme as a tool for whole school improvement has been shared through local and national conferences and through case studies, written with many national organisations and governmental departments. Organisations including the Department for Education; the Department of Health & Social Care; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the YST; the Association for Physical Education (afPE); the School Games organisation; Sport England; the County Sports Partnership Network; Sports Coach UK; UK Active Kids; and the John Muir Trust have all used information from Clavering about the impact of our PESSPA Programme on whole school improvement.
  • Clavering was one of the founding members of the ‘Well Schools’ movement, powered by the YST and the BUPA Foundation: a growing organisation of like-minded organisations that believe that wellbeing should be at the heart of education.
  • Clavering is a YST Lead Health & Wellbeing School: a national network of lead schools that are committed to maximising the use of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport to improve outcomes in health, wellbeing and achievement as part of whole school improvement.

At Clavering Primary School, the Clavering PESSPA Programme is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence. We take the Clavering PESSPA Programme very seriously, investing in it and seeing it as central to our school culture and ethos. A key reason why we invest in and value PE, school sport and physical activity is the wider benefits we believe PESSPA brings in developing the ‘whole person’ and developing a ‘culture of success’.

The drive to excel in PE, sport and outdoor adventure, as well as leading healthy, active lifestyles – encouraged throughout the school – helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically. As the mantra goes: schools that win on the field win in the exam hall. We have had researchers come to Clavering to investigate reasons for certain potentially vulnerable groups’ excellent academic performance and it has been encouraging to see that local and national research teams have recognised the contribution of the Clavering PESSPA Programme to our academic success and, even more importantly, our pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Experience has shown that the values our pupils develop in the different aspects of our PESSPA Programme carry across into their academic work – commitment on the playing field is carried across into the classroom and beyond. These values include the Clavering Sports Values  determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the Clavering PESSPA Programme. Our programme instils these values, along with the qualities of hard work, commitment, self-discipline and resilience. The aim is for these personal qualities to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.

At Clavering, staff members, governors, families and pupils understand that the Clavering PESSPA Programme isn’t an optional extra; it is a key component in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence, the school ethos and academic excellence.  

Following the launch of the Clavering PESSPA Programme and our continued efforts to grow the programme further (including the launch of our physical activity strategy in 2017), our teachers have found that pupils are concentrating more, focusing better and are less distracted during lessonsAttendance figures (particularly those associated with lateness) at school have also improved because nearly every pupil is coming in before the official start of the school day to participate in their ‘Get Up, Get Active’ sessions and pupils are keen to come to school, partly because of the dynamic and active culture of the school. This dynamic culture has been further enhanced by key staff members having access to training in active learning which has been disseminated to all teachers through INSET sessions. Examples of this training include the YST's active literacy course, active maths course and active learning course (in which Clavering was used as an example of outstanding practice). Similarly, subject coordinators are working with our PESSPA Programme Director to look at how they can enhance learning in their subject area through increasing active learning - for example, by improving and increasing fieldwork opportunities in geography (physically being geographers) and by improving and increasing the use of artefacts in history (physically being historians).


  • External assessment: the 'Quality of PE' and 'Quality of school sport' are both rated as being GOLD by the YST.
  • The PESSPA Director is extremely well connected to the Department for Education, YST and afPE, which brings continued benefits to the various aspects of our PESSPA Programme. In addition, we were part of the Expert Panel for Physical Education with the Oak National Academy, being the sole representative for current primary practitioners.
  • Leadership is strong at all levels of our programme:
    • our PESSPA Programme Director holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), a Masters in Education, the Level 4 Qualification in Supporting Pupils Wellbeing Through Physical Educationthe Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism and the Level 6 Award in Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership;
    • our PE, PSHEE and The Arts Subjects Leader (TLR) holds the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) and the Level 3 Certificate for Forest Schools Leaders; and
    • our PESSPA HLTA holds the Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism.
    • In addition, our PESSPA Programme Director is a Headteacher Ambassador the YST, was part of the Oak National Academy Expert Panel for Physical Education and is involved in ongoing dialogue with the PE and Sport Team at the Department for Education.
  • Staff – at all levels – benefit from high quality, specific CPD, including externally-provided training and also bespoke INSET from our PESSPA specialists.
  • The impact of all of these CPD opportunities has been increased teacher confidence and expertise, leading to improved outcomes for our pupils as well as an increased appetite to teach PE (from our staff) and study PE (from our pupils).
  • Key Clavering PESSPA leaders are increasingly accessing specific mental health and wellbeing training as we aim to further use our PESSPA Programme as a tool to develop and improve our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Opportunities are particularly arising through our role as a YST Lead School for Health and Wellbeing and as part of Clavering being a founding school in the Well Schools movement, powered by the YST and BUPA Foundation.

We aim to use a significant percentage of our PE and Sport Premium to fund training opportunities for staff, procuring quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE, the delivery of school sport and other physical activity opportunities, and the leadership and management of our PESSPA Programme. For many years, we have been an active voice in pushing for PE, sport and physical activity training across our town and we are always looking at opportunities to further develop our staff members’ skills in delivering our PE curriculum and wider PESSPA opportunities; similarly, we work with many national organisations (including YST and afPE) to provide quality CPD for staff members. Where necessary, CPD opportunities are funded using our PE and Sport Premium.

Examples of professional training for staff include:

  • mental health and wellbeing training (including being part of an innovative project that was researched and reported nationally);
  • ongoing INSET training linked to the Clavering Curriculum for PE;
  • INSET training linked to our Fundamental Movement Skills framework;
  • completing the 'How to coach the fundamentals of movement' course with UK coaching;
  • researching how fundamental movement skills are taught in Australia, New Zealand and Canada (as part of our design and implementation of our Fundamental Movement Skills framework);
  • leadership training with the Sports Leaders organisation and Girls Active programme;
  • gross and fine motor control skills training from occupational therapists, used within our PE curriculum and targeted interventions;
  • working with the Football Association to give members of staff the opportunity to complete the FA Primary Teacher Award;
  • completing the YST Key Stage 1 PE course (which we were part of organising and offering to all Hartlepool schools);
  • completing the YST Key Stage 2 PE course (which we organised and offered to all Hartlepool schools); 
  • completing England Athletics' 'Teaching Primary Schools Athletics: Run, Jump, Throw' workshops (which we organised and offered to all Hartlepool schools);
  • completing the YST Active Schools course (which Clavering was featured in as an example of outstanding practice);
  • topic/activity/sport-specific training, including fundamental movement skills, dance, games activities, athletics, Quad Kids athletics, Sportshall athletics, gymnastics, basketball, handball, football, tag rugby, rugby union, netball, hockey (quicksticks), kwik cricket, skipping, tri golf and tennis;
  • active schools and Physically Active Learning (PAL) training;
  • attending (and, increasingly, contributing to) regional and national conferences.

We continue to work with the YST, afPE, the School Games programme, National Governing Bodies, Tees Valley Sport, Hartlepool Borough Council, Get Hartlepool Active, Hartlepool Sport, Stockton Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Durham County Council, High Tunstall College and our School Games Organiser (Kate Robinson) to source quality training opportunities.

As highlighted above, we invest heavily in the leadership development of our staff and pupils, although, over the years, this has not required a great deal of funding from the PE and Sport Premium. We believe that the impact of our focus on the leadership of our PESSPA Programme has led to increased and better opportunities for our pupils and staff, improved pedagogy and subject knowledge, and the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the 'national picture' (particularly with our various involvements with the YST and Department for Education)


  • External assessment: the 'Quality of PE' and 'Quality of school sport' are both rated as being GOLD by the YST.
  • External assessment: we hold the PLATINUM status of the School Games Mark.
  • Within our curriculum, children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to experience over fifteen different sports as contexts for learning and, when combined with extra-curricular opportunities, children have the opportunity to participate in over twenty different sports, plus dance and outdoor adventurous activities (OAA). 

We overhauled the Clavering Curriculum for PE in 2011, increasing the range of sports and activities used as contexts for learning in PE and placing the emphasis on Clavering staff members (rather than outside agencies and coaches) to deliver high quality PE for two hours of timetabled PE every week. Our PE curriculum was further improved in September 2013, ready for and in advance of the launch of the new National Curriculum in September 2014. This – of course – was significantly helped by the launch of the government’s PE and Sport Premium, which helped us to invest significantly in our PESSPA Programme. The curriculum was again tweaked in September 2017 in response to our Fundamental Movement Skills framework and was modified again during the 2020-2021 academic year: providing even more specific guidance and support to teachers, giving class teachers the opportunity to cover more sports contexts during their PE lessons, and giving class teacher the opportunity to get more involved with the 'Clavering School Games Cup' (our intra-school competitive sport offer).

Pupils from Reception to Year 6 all benefit from Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) units; plus all pupils enjoy wild experiences in every year group, including our three progressively-challenging residentials (all of which are subsidised for all pupils and free for children eligible for the Pupil Premium grant):

  • a two-day (one-night) camp in Year 4;
  • a three-day (two-night) OAA-themed residential in Year 5;
  • a five-day (four-night) OAA-themed residential in Year 6, linked to the children’s participation in the John Muir Award

The impact of Clavering residentials on our participating pupils (typically, around 250 every year) cannot be underestimated for each child's development, particularly as they work towards the identified key learning outcomes of the Clavering Residential Programme.

Part of our PE and Sport Premium is used to purchase, replace and renew the resources required to deliver our PE curriculum across the school. This includes the purchasing of specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop new contexts for learning (for example, American football, archery, handball, quidditch and tri golf) and develop other sports contexts (e.g. purchasing additional sportshall athletics equipment and a variety of sizes of different sports balls to help with differentiation and for children of different ages and sizes). We also invest a considerable amount of money annually into our Upper School swimming programme which includes additional swimming lessons for struggling swimmers in our Upper School because we are passionate about no child leaving Clavering as a ‘non-swimmer’; however, this money does not come from our PE and Sport Premium.

The impact of the PE and Sport Premium has helped us to develop a broad and balanced PE curriculum, that has been regularly revised and improved through additional research, training and resources; all of which has been possible because of the additional funding. Subsequently, PE continues to be one of the most popular and successful subject areas at Clavering Primary School. 

We also offer our Upper School children the opportunity to watch high-quality live sport with these trips being subsidised using our PE and Sport Premium. In recent years, Clavering pupils have had the opportunity to watch international football, Women's Super League (WSL) football, international rugby union, international cricket, international athletics and British Basketball League (BBL) basketball. All of these trips have been very inspirational for our pupils.


The Olympic Legacy is certainly very much alive at Clavering!

  • External assessment: we were the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded GOLD Status of the School Games Mark and then the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded PLATINUM Status of the School Games Mark and have written a case study for the School Games programme.
  • External assessment: the 'Quality of PE' and 'Quality of school sport' are both rated as being GOLD by the YST.
  • 100% of pupils are involved in our intra-school competitive sport programme, which has been used as an example of best practice by the YST and School Games programme.
  • Hundreds of Clavering pupils are involved in our inter-school competitive sport programme every year, successfully representing us in a rich variety of competitions and festivals, covering a wide range of sports and activities; again, this has been used as an example of best practice by the YST and School Games programme.
  • 100% of Clavering pupils represent us in inter-school PESSPA events before leaving Year 6.

Within school, we organise intra-school sport competitions for children of all ages and abilities and, as a result of our outstanding practice and commitment to school sport, we were asked by the YST to help develop intra-school sport and the School Games programme across the country.

In 2013-2014, we ran our 'Clavering Commonwealth Games', which involved all children from Nursery up to Year 6. This, essentially, established a house (or, in our case, a country) system to enable regular, intra-country sports competitions for pupils of all ages. In 2014-2015 we ran our 'Clavering Cup of the Americas' and in 2015-2016 we ran our 'Clavering Olympics'. From September 2016, we introduced the 'Clavering School Games Cup', which ties in with the Clavering House System (launched in the same academic year) and sees pupils compete for the same team throughout their time at Clavering. Our embedded whole-school system ensures that 100% of Clavering pupils compete in intra-school competitive sport and a significant percentage of children take up leadership roles as part of our intra-school competitive sport programme.

In addition to our 'Clavering School Games Cup', the facilities we have invested in on our school playgrounds and school field (particularly our many football goals) ensure that a large percentage of pupils participate in competitive sport during playtimes and lunchtimes.

In terms of inter-school sport, Clavering children are provided with outstanding opportunities to represent the school in a variety of sports competitions and festivals. We compete in a rich variety of sports formats across all year groups (in particular, in Years 5 and 6). We are delighted with the success that we have enjoyed in cluster, town and Tees Valley Competitions; opportunities to compete for Clavering are now available to larger than ever numbers of pupils from Reception to Year 6. Over 90% of children in our Year 6 cohorts have represented Clavering in competitive sport every year since the PE and Sport Premium was first launched in 2013 and we now consistently reach 100% of pupils in Year 6 cohorts representing us in competitive sport. This is being achieved despite there not being a School Sport Partnership in Hartlepool and there only being one part-time Hartlepool School Games Organiser.

A significant percentage of our PE and Sport Premium is used to fund our Cluster Sport Partnership and membership of the Hartlepool Schools Football Association (HSFA). Success in our cluster competitions gives children the chance to compete in town finals and, in certain sports formats, county-level finals. Increasingly, because of the insatiable appetite of our children to compete for the school, our cluster is providing opportunities for more than one team per school to be able to participate in differentiated tournaments and festivals; this is also happening through HSFA football festivals. For example, we now provide opportunities for B and C boys’ tag rugby teams; B and C girls’ tag rugby teams; B and C mixed netball teams; B and C cricket teams; B and C tri golf teams; B boys’ football teams, B girls’ football teams; and larger numbers of pupils in our cross country and athletics competitions.

We also work very closely with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Get Hartlepool Active Team and the Tees Valley SEND and Inclusion Network to provide more opportunities for children in ability-appropriate competitions and festivals, particularly in the format of multi-skills and multi-sports festivals. This has been one of the most significant developments in recent years, giving the opportunity for nearly one hundred more Clavering pupils to represent the school.

Since the launch of the PE and Sport Premium, Clavering children have enjoyed huge success in cluster and town-wide competitions and our Clavering sports superstars have reached county-level finals in a staggering twenty-five different sports formats (many, now, on multiple occasions)! This is an outstanding achievement! We are proud to be regarded as one of the consistently most successful schools in the Tees Valley for competitive sport across a range of sport formats; however, we take even more pride in the huge number of pupils every year who get to ‘pull on the shirt’ and represent Clavering in ability-appropriate events and for the manner in which our pupils consistently conduct themselves, exemplifying all of our Clavering Sports Values.

Finally, part of our PE and Sport Premium is used to pay for transport costs, insurance costs, sports kits and specialist equipment (as necessary). With the amount of competitions and festivals that we participate in and qualify for, this is a big financial commitment!

We are extremely grateful to all of the key Clavering staff who work tirelessly (often in their own free time) to organise and provide as many ability-appropriate opportunities for as many children as possible.


Please click here to access last year's evaluation of our use of our PE and Sport Premium funding.

Please see the document below which demonstrates how this year's funding has been spent.


For further information about the Clavering PESSPA Programme and the PE and sport funding, please see:

  • Mr McAvoy (Deputy Headteacher and Clavering PESSPA Programme Director);
  • Mr Liddell (PESSPA Link Governor).


For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their Year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to 1) swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, 2) use a range of strokes effectively and 3) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. 

In 2020-2021, we switched our swimming curriculum to High Tunstall College of Science.

As part of our Clavering Curriculum for PE, all of our Year 5 pupils have a full term of swimming lessons in either the Autumn or Spring Term (depending on which Year 5 class they are in). In addition, in the Summer Term we fund additional lessons for Upper School children who have not met the national curriculum requirements for swimming. If necessary, a child will access three terms of swimming lessons to help him/her meet the requirements (Autumn or Spring Term in Year 5, Summer Term in Year 5 and Summer Term in Year 6), totalling a year's worth of lessons. None of this is funded using the additional PE and sport money; therefore, we know that this is approach is sustainable and can continued to be accessed by all pupils (as required).

85% of our most recent Year 6 cohort met all three national curriculum requirements for swimming (this percentage is less than normal because of the pandemic affecting swimming lessons). 13% of those pupils benefited from three terms worth of swimming lessons.

We actively encourage our pupils to start to learn to swim long before they reach Year 5. Hartlepool's 'Learn to swim' programme can be accessed by clicking on this link: