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P.E. Subject Leadership

Our aim is to encourage a culture of being healthy and active through participation in physical activity. Children of all abilities should work together, show resilience and look to challenge themselves to improve with competitive opportunities in a range of sports being provided.


 At Gilded Hollins, all pupils are taught PE, whatever their ability, gender, cultural backgrounds or individual needs as sensitivity and respect is shown towards diversity.  Throughout school, PE is allocated to 2 hours curriculum time per year group. The school is committed to working towards the DCSF recommended targets for pupil participation as set out in High Quality PE & Sport. The total amount of time that pupils take part in PE and physical activities within a week currently exceeds National targets. The schemes used to teach PE are Real PE (skill development based) and PE Academy (specialist coaching based on specific sports). As well as participating in PE lessons, all pupils are encouraged use the ‘Daily Mile’ track on non-PE days. This allows children to set and aim to beat a personal best and/or include their general fitness in a social environment. Aimed at maintaining a high level of well-being also, ‘Daily Mile’ time accounts for a further 45 minutes per week of physical activity. Furthermore, pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 are involved in organising, umpiring and officiating school sport fixtures as well as promoting a culture of participation and competition across school.


Throughout the academic year 2021-22, Sports Premium funds were utilised to ensure that half an hour of PE each week is taught in conjunction with specialist sports coach, Mr Hegan or Mr Scrivens), from PE Academy. Previously, each block began with Mr Cook (former PE Academy) taking a leading role, with the LSA following the leadership of the lessons with Mr Cook delegating a group as and when necessary. Assessment of children was and will continue to be ongoing and takes place within each lesson, and not at the end of a block. This ensured that a) the class staff enhance their confidence, subject knowledge and the fundamental skills required to challenge and assess pupils at all levels and b) the child is exposed to a well-planned and thorough curriculum with the expertise of two qualified teachers. Each LSA worked along with Mr Cook began a block of work by completing a skills survey and reflect on their performance towards meeting their individual professional targets. Mrs Holman took an admin based role helping to monitor assessment, signpost to clubs outside of school and promote further participation in sport through displays and social media. Each class teacher had a log to record their progress, which is to be updated weekly and shared with the PE subject leader, Mr Taylor, on a half-termly basis. Class teachers than used this information to add data to Insight to track progression. This format was continued after class teachers followed a similar lesson structure in 2018-19, whereby they took a more prominent role in the teaching of the lesson, teaching the majority of the lesson by the final session in a block. All staff have now received CPD in teaching this scheme of work and are more confident teaching a quality PE lesson that caters for all abilities This however changed leading into the 2020-21 acedmic year when Mr Cook and then later, Miss Hope were appointed in a HLTA role due to their background in PE to teach the Real PE scheme as part of their PPA cover.


          For the 2022-23 year and beyond, Mrs Holman (KS2) and Mrs McGill (KS1) have been internally employed as key stage specific HLTAs and will teach the sport specific PE alongside a qualified coach (PE Academy) during PPA focusing on the development of sport specific skills in a game context during an hour slot per week. This allows the HLTAs to assess skills on a lesson by lesson basis and adjust their support to the needs of the group, e.g. Pupil Premium, SEND, low ability, competition preparation, etc. Funding for this service comes from the Sport Premium budget and is considered an enhancement as targeted support is provided where necessary in lessons based on the specific needs of the children dependent on the sport. Topics run through each year group which has allowed the Subject Lead to ensure clear progression of skills through sports and year groups. Both Mrs Holman and Mrs McGill along with PE Academy staff will continue to assess each lesson (dependent on the scheme of work) and feed back this information to Mr Taylor and class teachers as and when necessary.



In October 2017, whole staff PE training was delivered by real PE. Alternatively, Real PE focuses on the development of agility, balance, coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. The aim of this is the enhance the all round fundamental skills and attitudes of a sportsperson in preparation for a range of sporting situations. Sports Premium funds previously ensured that every class teacher received (at the time of beginning the scheme) 6 hours of training from Real PE, over two twilight sessions. In addition to this, the PE subject leader, Mr Taylor has received 3 days of subject leader training, in accordance with new role in 2018-19. This gave him an insight into the assessment, self-challenge and coaching princples that Real PE aims to encourage the children to become alroud sportspeople, which was then fed back to staff. The scheme covers EYFS-Y6 and includes lesson planning, assessment materials, music and differentiated skill cards. Mr Taylor will train any new staff from this point in Real PE so that they are able to deliver it to a high standard when necessary. Children are assessed on their progression through these key skills with particularly challenging skills for the most able whilst also providing a ‘low floor’ approach to skills so that every child succeeds within a lesson. This side of the curriculum is delivered by the class teacher.


           Swimming and water safety will take place over a three-year period in blocks of 10 weeks per year.  For children, swimming lessons will begin in Year 2 and continue through to Year 4.  For school, the autumn term is reserved for Year 4, spring for Year 3 and summer for Year 2.  Cycling Proficiency is delivered to Year 5 pupils through the ‘Bikeability’ scheme, with Reception children also recieveing a taster session using balance bikes. In Year 5, a progressive scheme is delivered too to ensure children are given road safety skills. Children are able to work towards level 1 and level 2 which can then be added to at high school.



Additional Opportunities


        Gilded Hollins has strong links with the School Sports Co-Ordinators (SSCOs) at Lowton Church of England High School (Sharon Walls) and Dean Trust Wigan (Cathy Robinson). At Gilded Hollins, we are committed to participating in the festivals, leagues and competitive fixtures organised within and for the Lowton and Golborne Partnership, providing effective pathways for progression.  From the academic year 2017-18, Gilded Hollins have competed within LLG. This means that each festival will have a higher number of entrants, but also that a higher number of schools will be taken through to the next rounds. At Gilded Hollins, we will continue enter a B team where possible to ensure more children are given the opportunity to compete.  Furthermore, we will continue to endeavor to enter competitions that allow children to experience and compete in sports that are new to them. In addition to this, school based clubs will aim to give yet more opportunities whilst we will signpost children to clubs outside of club if we see that they have made good progress within a sport.


Gilded Hollins offers provision for a range of physical activities at the end of the school day for pupils from EYFS to Year 6.  Every week, there is at least one club for each phase within the school, led by either teaching staff or PE Academy. This includes clubs specifically aimed towards school teams or a ‘Change4Life’ club which aims to encourage children to encourage in sport who don’t at home. This can also be used to improve fundamental skills, social skills and build friendships. Gilded Hollins participates in the LLG football league and LLG rugby league (organized by the PE Subject Lead), playing competitive fixtures on a weekly basis. Additionally, Peter Blood has previously provided coaching in Judo and Fencing before school and Dave Wood from Lancashire Cricket Board provides specialist coaching during curriculum time during the summer term. Details of current club activities are sent to parents at regular intervals through newsletters, Twitter and SeeSaw, a closed app based communication system. This also allows school to make strong links outside of school, e.g. Leigh Community Trust, Leigh Cricket Club, Leigh United FC and Leigh Centurions.


Subject leader, Mr Taylor, keeps a record of all children from EYFS – Year 6 that participate in extra curricular sporting activities.  Those that do not take part or are identified by teachers to be underperforming towards the A.R.Es are given opportunities to compete in specifically designed participation days such as the ‘Action Activities Day’ or ‘The Highland Games’. These days are arranged by the SSCOs and enable children to compete at their own level.  In addition to this, these children are invited to our Change4Life club. Run by PE Academy staff (with the help of KS2 ‘playleaders’) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday lunch times, afore mentioned target children are given the opportunity to develop PE skills in a small group and discuss how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This club also looks to help those with social skills and behavioural needs as well as physical needs.


        Within our curriculum time with PE Academy staff, we also have had an ‘extra’ session which can be used for a variety reasons in the past. It had be used as an extra Change4Life session, competition preparation or to target a specific group of children, e.g. girls, SEN/D, Pupil Premium or Gifted and Talented. Largely, this session was been used to prepare children for a competitive event either by upping their skill level or allowing them time to work with others in a team. However, under our new staffing structure there is scope to achieve this through the targeted use of the HLTA who will be able to prepare children in the game way.


        Our current practice ensures pupils have a range of opportunities in which to develop and celebrate their skills and talents in addition to fostering the ‘Spirit of the Games’.  The Spirit of the Games is the term used when children display honesty, teamwork, self-belief, passion, determination and respect. Team captains give match reports in assesmblies and award someone on their team with a ‘Spirit of the Game’. Furthermore, these captain publish a match report on the ‘Our Sporting Life’ section on the school website.  This child is given a certificate and their name on the PE Notice Board in the KS2 corridor. Furthermore, we display a fixtures board so that children can keep up to date with results from our football and rugby leagues along with a board showing what is going on in the world regarding sport. Recently, this has displayed the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup and the Netball World Cup. We have a group of Sports Leaders in place who work in partnership with subject leader, Mr Taylor to improve P.E by organising equipment, choosing after school clubs, advertising/reporting on sporting events, fundraising for new kits/equipment, officiating intra school competitions and collecting awards. They will further their involvement this year by attending school sports clubs to pass on their knowledge and further aid the development of skills within sessions.



Areas taught across the school:









(Miss Martin)


(Mr Rushton)





(PE Academy)



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(Mrs Stopforth)



(Mrs Holman)


(Mr Taylor)





(Miss Martin)



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(PE Academy)


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The HLTAs/PE Academy staff/class teachers assess pupils’ performance in PE by making judgements as they observe them working during lessons. Individual learning outcomes have been assigned to each block of work which have been generated from the over-arching objectives set out in the National Curriculum. In Real PE lessons, teachers assess against the progression of key skills.  At the end of each half term, teachers used these assessments to inform Target Tracker, now Insight.  This will enable teachers to identify which pupils are below, working towards, lower expected, upper expected or greater depth within the expectations of their year group. Those that are not working at the expected standards or deemed inactive/in need of a social skills intervention will be invited to the Change4Life clubs during the school day. Those that are exceeding will be invited to the after school clubs designated for school teams. All children are directed towards external clubs after being enthused by a particular block. In line with national guidelines, pupils will learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success, compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Pupils will also assess their ability to collaborate, communicate and compete in an efficient and respectful manner.


Adaptation and Inclusivity


Weekly assessments inform future planning and target childen. Future lessons are adapted to meet individual needs using the S.T.E.P approach. 


S – Space Increasing or decreasing the area in which a task is performed.  Eg dribbling a football around cones that are close together to challenge or further apart to support.  When scoring points, changing the distance, height or width of the goal.


T – Task  Modify the task by changing the rules. Eg using non-dominant hand or leg to challenge or using two hands to support.  Increasing or decreasing the time or the number of times a task must be completed within the time.


E – Equipment  Modify the equipment. Eg using smaller or harder balls to challenge, larger, brighter and softer balls to support. Using batting tees to support or changing size of the target.


P – People  Modify the people involved.  Having bigger teams, smaller teams, more/fewer defenders.  Working alone, acting as a leader, an officiater etc.



Monitoring, evaluation and review:


Planning is of a high standard overall, and shows clear objectives and outcomes with good use of a range of resources and techniques. Planning is accessed through OneDrive and includes drawings of how the area will be set out. Mr Taylor views this planning on regular basis.


P.E Subject lead, Mr Taylor, attends a CPD and networking day for Wigan East schools every term.  Agenda items include monitoring and assessing pupil progress and how to effectively spend the sports premium funding, which is then shared with the whole staff.


All teachers have recieved 6 hours of training from Real PE in the Autumn Term 2017. Subject lead, Mr Taylor, attended a further 3 days and fed back to staff since then. All new staff are brought up to date upon starting by Mr Taylor.


Pupil Voice:


“Mr Hegan showed us how to throw a javelin. He said to put your fingers like this and use your arm as a guide!” (Y1)

“My biggest achievement this year has been getting onto the rugby team and winning the John Woods Trophy!” (Y4)

“We do PE twice a week but doing The Daily Mile is my favourite because it keeps you fit and healthy!” (Y3)

“I want to be on the football team when I’m older because I see the Year 6s standing up in assembly and I want to be up there!” (Y2)

“I wish we’d started Real PE sooner because I think I’d have better skills to apply to specific sports!” (Y6)





In Year 1 and 2, most children are working within ARE and all children made good or better progress in the previous year.  Those achieved the Lower Expected will be targeted through Change 4 Life clubs run by PE Academy staff. There are currently no children on the gifted and talented register, as abilities can change as children grow. However children are monitored through after school clubs by PE Academy staff and by providing more competitive sports opportunities. We are also aware of certain children who we expect to be Gifted and Talented through their participation in sport outside of specific and specific clubs in Year 2.


Lower KS2

In the current Year 3, most children are working within ARE. This class sees a high proportion of the class attend Change4Life for life club in order to improve social skills or boost involvement in extra-curricular school sport. 2 children have potential to join the Gifted and Talented register for rugby league as the year goes on. In the current Year 4, most children are working within ARE. A selection of children attend Change4Life Club in order to develop their social skills and fundamental skills through sport. These children will continue to attend to Change4Life and their participation will be monitored closely as the year goes on. There aren’t currently any children on the Gifted and Talented register as this class are not considered to be an able class in terms of competitive sport.


Upper KS2

In the current Year 5, all children are working within ARE. For social and behavioural reasons certain children are targeted in the Change4Life lunch time club and PE Academy staff targets them in lessons, liasing regularly with Mr Taylor (class teacher) about their progress.  There are 2 children on the school’s Gifted and Talented register for PE, with this number expected to rise in a particularly able class where rugby league is a definite strength.


In the current Year 6, most children are working within ARE. Around half of these children participate in school team training and competitive weekly fixtures in either (or all) netball, football and rugby.  They are challenged in class through skills progression and PB competitions. There are 7 children on the school’s Gifted and Talented register for PE (including football and cross country), some for multiple sports.


Of the children in the previous Year 6 cohort, two were signed for clubs: Blackburn Rovers (football) and Warrington Wolves (rugby league)(both girls) whilst one boy rides motorbikes for the Cuna Motocross team based in Spain.


Where to now? Recent developments, highlights and priorities for future developments:


A particular highlight has included being inaugurally awarded with the PLATINUM Active Mark (2017-18), under the previous subject leadership of Miss Whittaker.This proves that our pupils are taught to foster a love of sport and are given ample opportunities to develop their fitness, skills and techniques through a wide range of sports at their level.  This award also recognises how our staff encourage pupils to lead healthy lifestyles outside of school by continuing our strong links with a number of local sports clubs. With this award, we were the only school in the LLG to hold the PLATINUM Active Mark. As subject lead, Mr Taylor endeavoured to retain this status in the academic year 2021-22, after Covid-19 ensured that all standings remained from the previous year and did so! Of the 74 children who attended Change4Life Club during 2019-20, 64% went on to participate/compete in further sport which shows the positive impact that it is having around school.


Participation during 2021-22:

  • Football league (weekly matches in Autumn Year 5/6 mixed)
  • Full Contact Rugby League (weekly matches in Spring/Summer 4/5/6 mixed) LLG League winners!
  • High 5/Netball (weekly training)


  • Football (Year 4 after school club)
  • Tag Rugby (1 team: Year 5/6) Wigan winners! 4th place in Greater Manchester!
  • Tag Rugby (1 team: Year 3/4) Wigan winners!
  • Hockey (1 team: Year 6) LLG winners!
  • Intra Cross Country (Year 3/4/5/6 Mixed) – Greater Manchester Games qualification!
  • Indoor Athletics (2 large teams from Year ¾ and Year 5/6)
  • Participation Event (including sports such as climbing, skateboarding and abseiling (1 team: Year 6)
  • Orienteering (2 teams: Year 6)
  • Girls’ Football (1 team: Year 4/5/6)
  • Girls’ Cricket (1 team: Year 4/5/6)
  • Boys’ Cricket (1 team: Year 5/6)
  • Dodgeball (1 team: Year 5/6)



  • After School Clubs twice weekly by Academy of Sports:

Autumn: Multiskills, Dodgeball (KS1), Dodgeball, Table Tennis (KS2)

Spring:  Gymnastics (KS1), Badminton, Volleyball (KS2)

Summer: Summer Games, Athletics (KS1), Summer Games, Atheltics (KS2)


Progress towards priorities:

  • Raised the profile of the ‘Spirit of the Games’ through School Sports Crew, newsletter, website blog, SeeSaw and Twitter.
  • Introduction of a new sport (2015-16 Rugby, 2016-17 Lacrosse, 2017-18 Tri-Golf, 2018-19 Table Tennis, 2019-20 Rugby Union)
  • Change4Life Club having good numbers seeing children below A.R.E meeting A.R.E
  • Good links with external clubs including Lancashire CC, Leigh Centurions, Leigh United FC.
  • High participation numbers within extra-curricular sport (Autumn:163% (117% including KS1), Spring: 158% (109% including KS1,  Summer:157% (115% including KS1)
  • Arts’ Week had the theme of ‘Get Outside’ with a large focus on PE and learning outside of the classroom.


Actions for 2022-23:

  • Continue to promote use of Daily Mile across all year groups on non-PE days with a focus on bettering performances.
  • Raise the profile of girls’ sport in school particularly the inclusion of girls in sports that are predominantly dominated by boys.
  • Maintain high participation rates across school in extra curricular sport.
  • Continue to attend range of events to ensure participation and competition entering B/C teams where possible.
  • Achieve Platinum School Games Mark/maintain standards to achieve Platinum School Games Mark.
  • Provide more participation and competitive opportunities for KS1.

Recently, we received a finalist award for the Martin Lynn Commitment to PE and Sport School Award!

Gilded Hollins’ Sports Captains

Here are our sports captains and leaders for this year!




Gilded Hollins' Sports Kits

Thank you so much to one of our wonderful parents for sponsoring our new brilliant football kit from Swaz Teamwear. Check out Pinnacle Signs and Print for more details! (left)

After successfully designing the Leigh Centurions warm-up top for the 2021 Betfred Super League season, Leigh Centurions, Leigh Community Trust and Ellgren have provided with an amazing new rugby kit! (right)

P.E at Gilded Hollins

Extra Curricular Sport 2023-24

Extra Curricular Sport 2022-23

We have regular well-being days to promote physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and positive relationships!

In Year 4, our children are given the opportunity to put their physical and social PE skills into practise at outward bound/residential settings.

In Year 6, our children are given the opportunity to put their physical and social PE skills into practise at outward bound/residential settings.