Developing ‘battle ready, fighting fit young adults’

Sam Smith, PE CatalYST at Fowey River Academy in Cornwall, has the vision of using the power of physical education and activity to raise attainment, aspirations and passion.

Sam Smith, PE CatalYST at Fowey River Academy in Cornwall, has the vision of using the power of physical education and activity to raise attainment, aspirations, passion and a desire to achieve leading to the development of ‘battle ready, fighting fit young adults’. Here is a quick look at some of what is going on at the school as it aims to create a tool kit for the future success of pupils at Fowey River Academy. This involves interventions within the PE curriculum to engage all learners and beyond the curriculum to impact on wider school outcomes.

Developing ‘battle ready, fighting fit young adults’

At our school we have achieved the below headline results since being involved in two Youth Sport Trust interventions:

Girls Active
  • 12 new leaders trained who have helped develop Workout Wednesday into an Activ8 session -  targeting pupils to invite friends to sessions that have a different focus each week. Sessions ranged from aerobics to dodgeball and trampolining and roller skating. Four of the 12 leaders have shown improved attendance, with a further six showing an increase in their attainment levels in assessments across the school. When questioned, pupils stated that this was due to feeling more responsible for their own learning and therefore wanted to challenge themselves to make progress.
  • 40 girls are regularly attending Wednesday and Friday evenings with an additional 20 girls involved in Thursday after school multi-sport sessions.
Living For Sport

Over a 20-week period a group of 20 boys were involved in training, planning, organising, researching, promoting and running their own sport sessions.

For the 12 leaders who maintained their involvement in the programme, their commitment to learning grades improved or were maintained at a high level, six of the 12 who needed to, showed improved attendance and seven of the 12 showed increased attainment in their end of year assessments.

The sessions led by the leaders included freestyle football, trampolining, kick tennis, scootering, volleyball, dodge ball and acrobatics. Exit polls were done at the end of each session and at the end of each term to inform the next term’s activities. Attendance at sessions ranged from 12-40 boys from a range of year 7-9 with boys reporting that the sessions had helped to increase their self-esteem to try new things, look forward to the sessions each week, and felt more confident when talking to and mixing with others.

Fowey River has many more targeted projects using the power of PE and sport to develop its pupils and has impacted on many areas of the wider school achievement.