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Sport and physical fitness are very strong indeed at our school. A wide range of opportunities are offered and the quality of our sporting provision is manifested by how many trophies our teams win; how many children participate in optional, after school sports clubs and how much they say they enjoy taking part in sport and physical activity.

Sport at Barnes – statement of intent

The underlying principles behind our approach to sport are as follows: 

  • taking part in sport, and enjoying doing so, is the birthright of all pupils
  • competitive sport is not antithetical to a school ethos that holds equality of opportunity in the highest regard
  • captivating and sustaining pupils’ interest in sport at an early age will lead to a lifelong interest and involvement in sport and physical activity.

Put simply, we want all children to take part in and enjoy sport and physical activity; we also want them to be aware of the importance of physical activity and sport in leading a healthy life.Staff at school work long and hard to offer as many sporting opportunities to children as possible. These take place both within and outside the school day and also through before and after school clubs. All children participate in a minimum of two hours of physical education a week: one hour indoor and one hour outdoor.

Feedback from our annual parent questionnaire, together with some more informal feedback, reveals that some parents are either confused by, or not happy with, our arrangements for choosing children to represent the school in either Richmond borough sporting events or inter-school matches. So we would like to establish some clarity. All children are involved in competition in our three Sports day events, when they represent their house: Key Stage 1: July; Key Stage 2: September and July. All teams will be selected through trial or observation assessment. This will involve:

  • specific sport trials conducted by Brian Jones, Matt Lamb or Scott Griffin
  • observations by Brian Jones, Connor Hartley and classteachers in timetables lessons
  • observations during the lunchtime clubs run by Brian Jones in the run up to Richmond borough tournaments.

Everyone will be given a chance to compete for a place in a school team or a Richmond borough event, but places will be allocated on merit, according to performance level: the strongest children will be chosen. Because of significant time restrictions (there are so many competitive events that our children are involved in) if a pupil is absent at the time that a trial takes place they won’t be considered for a team. No child will be allowed to play for more than four teams.It is wonderful that so many children attend morning or after school clubs run by Brian Jones, or another provider. This does not guarantee any child attending a place in a team. Getting more practise by attending a club will almost certainly lead to those involved securing improvements in ability, but it does not automatically follow that a pupil attending will secure a place in the school team. Please note that our before school sports clubs were set up following a funding mechanism created after the 2012 London Olympics. The purpose of this fund was for schools to create additional opportunities for all children to be physically active and have fun whilst involved in physical activity.

Jon Kaufman, our table tennis coach, will pick our school table tennis team.

We fully appreciate that some children may really want to represent the school but may, unfortunately, not be at the same standard as those pupils who are chosen. This is a hard lesson, but it is also a part of life. In order to provide enjoyable additional opportunities for this group of children we will be organising more ‘within school’ matches, where two Barnes teams compete against each other. Friday In addition, as far as time allows, we will try to organise more staff v pupils matches, as we know that the children really enjoy such events. We believe that this statement to be reasonable, balanced and clear. We expect and look forward to parents respecting it and trusting us that we will abide by it.

We have developed a programme where the emphasis in every P.E lesson is on movement and agility. Starting each class from a basic sitting position, we practise moving into upright positions, as well as developing sideways and lateral movements which aim to incorporate each part of the body.

All the skills we develop and practise involve both sides of the body, as well as learning to become comfortable using both hands and both feet, whether it’s a throwing and catching exercises in tennis, cricket, netball and basketball, or a football-related exercise advocating the use of the left and the right foot. Emphasis is placed on footwork throughout, particularly in terms of changing direction efficiently: a skill applicable to all sports.

We use a wide range of equipment, from skipping ropes to cricket stumps, along with balls of different sizes and shapes. We apply skills acquired from tai chi to a whole range of sports and we discover together new ways of using the equipment to push the boundaries of what we can use and how we can use it, exploring how the body feels in different positions

Local schools Athletics Event, September 2017

Sports Days, 2017

House Pull of Peace, November 2017

Under the coaching of Brian Jones all children get fitter and learn the key skills needed to enjoy the following sports:

  • Autumn Term:  netball and rugby
  • Spring Term:  football and athletics
  • Summer Term:   cricket and tennis




Yoga positions

All children are asked to purchase a skipping rope and a tennis ball to develop their skills. In addition, all Key Stage 2 pupils receive coaching in table tennis from Jon Kaufman, our table tennis teacher.

Behaving properly at competitive sporting events . . . and sharing your penguin!

The following e-mail was received from a very thoughtful parent from Marshgate Primary School.

Dear Mr Hartley, I thought I would drop you a note to pass on my congratulations to your mixed tag rugby team for their exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship during two recent matches against Marshgate. I’m a Marshgate parent and refereed both games. The first was a 10-10 draw in our final group game then on Tuesday we met again in the quarter-finals and it wasn’t quite so close – Barnes won 21-8… Anyway, I’ve been involved in junior rugby for many years, not least when Marshgate were the proud winners of the RFU’s Fair Play Award at the London Youth Games a couple of years ago, and it was fantastic to see your team play with a real commitment to win with some high quality passing and great support running, but an equal commitment to sportsmanship. They were polite when speaking to me ahead of the game to clarify some rules; there was absolutely no complaining or questioning of decisions during the match; they showed great sportsmanship on a couple of occasions when our players were injured and there was absolutely no gloating, or similar behaviour, when they raced into an 11-1 half-time lead. One of the boys even shared his penguin after the game with one of ours.

 The children were a credit to themselves, the school and the sport and I’d be grateful if you could pass on my thanks – which echo the thoughts of several Marshgate parents.

  Mitch Phillips