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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

Welcome to the PE, Sports & Clubs section of the school website

The importance of PE and Sport
We strongly believe that Physical education (PE) is part of every child’s entitlement to a good education. It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. It provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.

Our Aims:

  • Place physical activity and well-being at the heart of the schools vision statement.
  • Improve teaching resources so teachers can offer a more productive, inclusive and broader PE curriculum.
  • Provide a greater range of opportunities for pupils to compete in inter and intra school competitions.
  • Provide a greater range of sporting after school clubs.
  • Increase the profile of the school’s sporting activities and achievements

How will we meet our aims?
Specialist coaches will be brought in for gymnastics, dance and other areas of the curriculum which will be identified in consultation with parents, teachers and pupils to meet the needs of our new, improved PE curriculum.
Resources will be purchased to help implement the new areas of the PE curriculum.
A specific area on the school’s website dedicated to pupil led reports about the schools sporting activities.
A review of the school’s vision statement to include reference to physical well-being.
To consult with pupils, parents and staff regarding their opinion on the direction Physical Education at Lakeside should take.
Intra school (House) competitions will be introduced across the school to increase exposure to competitive sport. Inter school opportunities will be more closely monitored.
What are our expected outcomes?
Physical activity and well-being are at the heart of the school’s vision.
Planned investment leads to sustained improvements to the teaching of PE across the school.
The development and implementation of a varied, stimulating, inclusive and highly effective PE curriculum which responds to the wishes of all interested parties.
The school is well resourced to provide physical education for all pupils.
The pupils’ exposure to competitive sport is greatly increased.
Everyone who is involved with the school is well informed as to the sporting progress made by the pupils.
The school curriculum
Our school is part of the Move More Network. This is a not for profit organisation committed to improving the level of PE and School Sport in Primary, Secondary, and Special Schools within the area. Their objective is to create a sustainable and coherent infrastructure that nurtures the implementation of high quality provision within the network's schools, having a positive impact on the lives of the young people within the network. The Network works within the School Games structure delivering high quality competitive sporting opportunities for pupils, as well as furthering leadership opportunities for young people, and offering expert support and training for primary schools.
To date we have employed the services of professional coaches in Rugby, Tennis, Football, Dance and Tri-Golf. Where possible, children have access to two hours of PE each week, with a good balance of games, gymnastics, swimming, dance and athletic activities. We are also able to offer a wide range of after-school clubs and inter-school competitions. Levels of personal fitness are high across the school and the vast majority of pupils are able to swim 25 metres before they leave.
We are also very fortunate to be able to play competitive sport in a wide range of activities ranging from cross-country to tag-rugby. At present we have both boys and girls Football Teams, a Cross-Country Team, a Swimming Team, Athletics Team, Rounders Team, Tag-Rugby Teams, Cricket Team, Hockey Team and a Netball Team.

Swimming Overview

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

This condition has been added in response to recommendations from the Swim Group, who reviewed curriculum swimming and water safety in primary schools

Lakeside Primary School Year 6 2018-19 (56 pupils)

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year?


Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?

Sport Premium Funding has been used to fund CPD for one teacher who is now a fully qualified swimming teacher and additional funding will be used in the future to provide additional swimming sessions for those children who require it.  



Prince of Wales Spa Division Champions

In June, our KS2 pupils competed in the Move More Spa Division Athletics Championship at Cheltenham's Prince of Wales Stadium. The children earnt a place in the team through their hard work and determination in PE lessons and in team try-outs. Competing in relays, sprints, middle distance running, throwing and jumping, the team came out as worthy winners. However, the most important element of the event was the teamwork on display, the support of each other and their opponents, and the children's resilience which was needed on a blustery Cotswold evening. As always with Lakeside, our parents and families turned out en masse to create a wonderful atmosphere and experience for the children and many children who had just missed out on a spot in the team came to support their friends - this is something we promote at Lakeside and the children always rise to the occasion. Well done Lakeside: Spa Division Champions 2021/22.