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the welfare of children and young people. We expect all
staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or
welfare of any of our pupils, please contact Mrs Elder
(Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Scott
(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).

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school will be advised that the child has been involved.
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We love to be active at St Joseph’s, and participate in a range of sports in addition to our Physical Education (PE) lessons.



In each year group, children take part in:

  • Athletics;
  • Gymnastics;
  • Dance;
  • Invasion Games.

In addition, all children in Year 5 learn to swim at Whitworth Pool. When children have still not learnt to swim confidently by Year 6, additional small-group intensive lessons are funded to make sure that all children master this life-saving skill!


How can I help my child learn well in this subject? 

Being as active as possible and trying many different sports at a young age is essential to doing well in this subject.  Also, please ensure that they have full PE kit in school on PE days so that lesson time is not lost to finding spare kit!


Above all, a positive attitude to sports and PE goes a long way to ensuring excellent progress.


External Links

Rossendale School Sports Partnership Twitter feed

Rossendale Leisure Trust

School Games Website


Who can I speak to for more information, or if I wish to discuss my child's progress in this subject?

Please speak to your child's class teacher or you can speak to the subject leader for PE, Mrs Smith.


Rossendale Sports Partnership

St Joseph’s buys into the ‘Rossendale Sports Partnership’ each year, which means that our children experience a huge range of competitive sport against other schools.  In addition, specialised coaches are frequently brought into school to do extra sessions beyond the PE requirements.


Qualified specialist coaches from Rossendale Leisure Trust also provide PE sessions 

for all children.


As a result of our commitment to sport, St Joseph's was awarded the 'Bronze' standard of Games Mark in 2017.


Sports Premium

From September 2014, the school has received ‘Sports Premium’ funding each year to improve the quality of provision for PE and sports at the school.  This, along with extra investment from the school, has so far been spent on the following:

  • Increasing swimming sessions from 10 per year to over 30 per year
  • Funding Y6 intensive swimming lessons - 100% of Y6 children in 2018 achieved the 25m expected standard in swimming.



in 2018 Y6 Pupils Can


swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres


use a range of strokes effectively


perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations



Current Y5 pupils will be swimming every week until the summer break and this information will be updated for this cohort at the end of the summer term. 


  • Ensuring all staff receive high-quality CPD from the Lancashire PE Advisory Team
  • Developing the playground to promote more active play and provide a Multi-Use Games Area (‘MUGA’)
  • Purchasing new resources for playtimes and PE lessons, particularly for new sports such as ‘Tri-Golf’ and Cheerleading
  • Providing additional sports clubs after school from specialist coaches
  • Providing additional specialised coaching for children in Key Stage 2
  • Providing opportunities for all children to participate in ‘Outdoor and Adventurous Activities’.

Further information can be found in our Sports Premium Statement.


Games Mark

This year we are aiming to achieve Silver in the School Games Mark.  To help us towards this goal we have had many sports specific coaches come into our school, to introduce a wider range of sports. They have put on additional after school clubs that are funded by our Sports Premium money. You can find out more information, and view our blog, through the school games website.