At Gastrells we recognise the importance of sport and physical education being at the heart of school life.  As well as teaching children the fundamental skills needed to be physically active we also recognise the importance of building and developing confident, resilient, motivated and passionate sportsmen and women who can transfer these skills into many areas of their lives. It is for these reasons that we consistently work hard to provide all the children at Gastrells the opportunity to compete in school sport, this includes sporting competitions at national, county, district and school level. As a result, we have been awarded the ‘Schools Games Mark Gold’ for the last three academic years.

Primary PE & Sport Premium

In 2013, as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy, the government began providing substantial funding for Primary P.E and sport. The funding must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of P.E and Sport. Schools are given the freedom to choose what they spend their allocation on and you can click here to see how we have spent our funding in recent years:

Inspiring Sporting Opportunities

Every year we look to provide new and inspiring sporting experiences for the children at Gastrells, below is a list of some of these experiences in recent years.

  • Several trips to watch Netballs England Roses and meeting the players.
  • Watching the British Indoor Athletics in Birmingham.
  • Spending a day at Wimbledon
  • Inspiring dance with a trip to a West End production.

Extra-curricular Sports Clubs

We provide a wide range of PE-related clubs and activities for the children, which take place after school. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of activities they chose to partake in. The school sends details of the current club activities to parents at the beginning of each term. We also play regular fixtures against other local schools. This introduces a competitive element to team games, and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and cooperation amongst our children.

PE clubs that we run throughout the year include:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Multi skills
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tag Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis

Further Competition Opportunities

As well as competing in a range of national, district and country competitions, we also host a number of individual and inter-house competitions at Gastrells. These include our annual inter-house football, netball and rounders tournaments for Y5/6 and Y3/4 as well as our extremely popular annual individual table tennis competition. In addition to these, in the summer term all the children take part in our mini Olympics which comprises of 10 athletic events in the morning followed by competitive races in the afternoon.

Gastrells Sports Leaders

Every year children in Year 6 are given the opportunity to apply to be a ‘Sports Leader’. Those children selected work alongside Mr Muskett to build upon existing skills and develop the ability to organise, communicate with and lead small groups during P.E lessons and morning activity. As well as this they support other classes in the school to demonstrate good technique and positive role models for young children.

Annual Sports Awards

Our annual sports awards are an opportunity to celebrate the sporting successes of our children in this academic year and present the awards. As well as this, we recognise other sporting achievements from the children at Gastrells, which will, included our sporting highlights of the year and other sporting achievements that have take place outside of school.

2020 Sports Awards – Despite everything going on in the world in July 2020 we still managed to host our 3rd annual sports awards (albeit virtually this year)! This year’s winners can be seen below.

Year 3 Sporting Achievement Award – Bonnie

Year 4 Sporting Achievement Award – Poppy

Year 5 Sporting Achievement Award – Fin

Year 6 Sporting Achievement Award – Sam

Overall Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award – Corey

Most Sporting Improvement Award – Keira

Gastrells Team of the Year – Sports Hall Athletics Team

Sporting Successes

We are incredibly proud of the children at Gastrells and all their sporting achievements, below is just a few of those over the last several years.

2019/2020

Sportshall Athletics District & County Champions 

Y3/4 Netball District Winners

Y3/4 Gymnastics District Winners & 7th place finish at county finals

2nd at Y5/6 District Netball

Y5/6 2nd & 3rd place finish at District Gymnastics 

2018/2019

Southern Champions of The Great Big Dance Off

3rd place finish at the National finals of The Great Big Dance Off

Y3/4 Netball District Winners

Y3/4 Gymnastics District Winners & 5th place at county finals

Y3/4 Football Winners & Runners up

2nd place in Y5/6 district football

5th place at District Sports

3rd Y5/6 District Netball

2017/2018

South West Champions of TGBDO (11th place finish at national finals)

9th Place at District Sports

2nd place Y5/6 District Netball

2nd Place in Y3/4 District Gymnastics

3rd in District Sportshall Athletics