PE & Sports

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Bluecoat Sports Funding 2023-2024

PE & Sports at Bluecoat...



Positive Physical Health

The school offers a varied and strong sports programme, including: 


With a huge amount of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.


Swimming Provision at Bluecoat

There are many benefits of learning to swim. Swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. Swimming is inclusive; children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport. Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities. 

Most importantly, swimming can save your child’s life. Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.

At Bluecoat we are lucky enough to have a fully qualified Level 2 swimming instructor with over 13 years experience. Along with other members of staff, including class teachers, Sue Tyrrell ensures that the swimming lessons at Bluecoats are not only of a high quality, but are also great fun too!

Using games such as 'Simon Says', bubble blowing activities and even water polo, Sue supports the children in gradually building their confidence in the water.

Through using ability based groupings and a high ratio of staff to children, the quality of provision and the amount of time children spend in the water is maximised. 

Torrington 1610 Pool

The National Curriculum states that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 and in particular, pupils should be taught to:

In addition, Bluecoat follow the Devon Swim 100 curriculum which provides a broad range of water based skills and knowledge, supporting children reach a new minimum standard and expectation of swimming 100 metres by the end of Key Stage 2. The programme was developed by the Devon PEDPASS team in response to headteachers’ request for a more robust swimming provision. It aims to improve the outcomes of school swimming by setting a new minimum standard and expectation of all children swimming 100 metres by the end of Key Stage 2.

Devon Swim 100

Schools are required to publish how many Year 6 pupils have met the national curriculum requirements relating to swimming and water safety.

Our results for the 2022 academic year are:


Sports Mark Gold Award

We are delighted to announce that we achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.