Clavering Primary School



Developing a lifelong love of physical activity

Although it is impossible to cover everything that happens within our PESSPA Programme, the Hartlepool Mail and Hartlepool Life love to feature some of our triumphs, the national awards that we have received, and the work that we are doing with the government and organisatons like the Youth Sport Trust to help improve PE and school sport nationally; help more children to be physically active; and promote both the physical and mental benefits of a thriving school PESSPA Programme.

Over the last few years, nearly one hundred articles about the success of the Clavering PESSPA Programme have been published in the Hartlepool Mail and Hartlepool Life newspapers!

The articles that we are most proud of are those that showcase the overall success of the Clavering PESSPA Programme in helping develop children’s physical health and mental health – nationally as well as at Clavering:

There have been a large number of articles written about some of the national awards that we have picked up over the years. Here is a sample:

There have been a huge number of articles written about our success in sports competitions, including football, tag rugby, basketball, netball, tri golf, cricket, athletics, sportshall athletics and tri golf. Here is a small sample:

As recommended by both the government and Ofsted, at Clavering Primary School success in Physical Education, school sport and physical activity is aspired to and celebrated.

Reporting on and celebrating physical performance is regular and high profile. This happens in many ways: PE, residentials and sports achievements featured prominently in assemblies; an extensive PESSPA display area of seven display boards and five display boards linked to our Key Stage 2 residentials; trophies displayed in the school’s main entrance; the extensive PESSPA section in the school’s half-termly newsletter and updates about our Key Stage 2 residentials; the detailed, comprehensive and very popular 'PESSPA' section on the school website and the dedicated webpage to our residential programme; our 'Clavering PESSPA Programme' Twitter account (@ClaveringPESSPA); and articles and features in the Hartlepool Mail, Hartlepool Life and other publications and websites (as appropriate).

Successful Clavering teams, individual Clavering sport superstars, and our PESSPA Leaders and Girls Active Leaders are held in high esteem by younger pupils. All pupils know of the reputations of Clavering pupils who do well in PE and sport and are encouraged to emulate their achievements; likewise, younger children are excited to participate in Clavering residentials, having seen the success of children who have participated in our progressively challenging residential programme.

Celebrating and rewarding sporting achievement in this way makes it fashionable to achieve. It gives our pupils the self-belief that they can aim high, improve further and enjoy equal success in their academic studies.

All this has a central role in building the culture of the school with these celebrations giving PE, sport and physical activity a high profile within school and helping to maintain our winning tradition whilst hopefully developing well-rounded individuals who enjoy healthy, physically active lifestyles.