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Garland Junior School P.E. C0-ordinators report 2018

This year we have continued to benefit from outside P.E. specialists to coach pupils and staff in a variety of activities.  The scheme offers value to the pupils in terms of continued staff development, opportunities for them to take part in a wide range of sporting activities they might otherwise not have the chance to experience, and consequently raise engagement levels of both boys and girls.

Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball will be carrying out a taster session for pupils in the spring term, along with Berkshire Table Tennis Association, and Reading Football Club are hoping to run training sessions for girls in the Autumn.

To better facilitate usage of PE equipment we have ordered specifically designed Pods for easy and secure storage.

Before and after school sports are underway, including running clubs, football club, a pupil led table tennis competition and the third phase of Leadership Club.

An analysis of our outdoor play facilities has been undertaken and three companies are in the process of supplying plans and costings to replace the adventure playground which is nearing the end of its life. We would also like to develop the upper school playground into a more viable sports area and to extend the field to become usable all year round, ideally by creating an all-weather floodlit pitch. This is clearly a big undertaking and will involve seeking further funding from outside. If achieved, however, it will enable us to provide the local community with the opportunity to benefit from this facility.

As part of improving our P.E. provision, the school is keen to participate in sporting competitions and is hoping to obtain mini-bus licences for staff in the near future as transport has been our main barrier in previous years.


Ian Foster

P.E. Coordinator

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