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Physical Education


St Mary's was awarded the Silver Gamesmark award in July 2019. This is a recognition of the amazing commitment we have to sports and fitness in our small school.

The judging process looks at the school's coverage of the Physical Education curriculum, intra and inter sporting competitions, provision of extra curricular clubs, out of school fixtures and numbers of teams entered, tournaments and  percentages of pupils engaged in sport as well as the inclusion and development of more reluctant pupils.  
For five years we have achieved  Bronze but with the addition of a new sports apprentice last year giving the school more capacity and the strong drive of all the existing staff, we have gone one better!

In PE co-ordination, skills, stamina and strength are developed enabling children to take part in many activities.  A range of teaching styles is used, motivating children, developing skills, knowledge and understanding whilst giving them opportunities to be involved in planning and evaluating as well as quality performance.  Group work and team games develop an appreciation of the concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship.

St Mary’s gained the Healthy Schools’ Award in 2007 and the Dorset Healthy Schools' Plus award in July 2013 rewarding our effort towards developing more healthy lifestyles for children  and in 2012, we were a member of the Get Set network demonstrating our commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values of  respect, friendship, equality, excellence, inspiration, courage and determination. 


Our sports provision is excellent: our children participate in dance, netball, football, rugby, swimming, hockey, tennis, athletics, cycling proficiency, rounders and cricket as well as circuit training and aerobics. Our Year 6 pupils create and lead daily wake and shake lessons for the entire school!


Over the last few years, we have used some of our sports funding to provide professional gymnastics coaching for Key Stage 2 at a local gym in Yeovil. This has been an amazing opportunity for the children to use British Gymnastic standard equipment under the expert tuition of Alex, Barry and Karen. The children have been inspired and made superb progress in a very short space of time.  We have also hired a professional dance coach to teach dance to the whole school. See the photos of our gym sessions in the gallery under the learning and support tab.


We field netball and football matches weekly against the other schools in the Sherborne Pyramid and beyond and win our fair share of trophies! We have had several children competing at County level at swimming and athletics.


In 2013, St Mary's pupils took part in the Superschools challenge -  an event which raises  money for up and coming sports stars of the future with a large percentage of sponsorship money raised for PE equipment. We were visited by Karina Bryant, Olympic bronze medalist 2012 in Judo and  Julian Golley, a British triple jumper. who won the gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, with a jump of 17.03m. He also competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The children were so enthused and motivated by the stories of the two sports stars and a magnificent £1400 was raised as a result.