Physical Education (P.E.)

The facilities at Lovelace are second to none. We have worked hard to be able to offer the children all year round outdoor PE experiences, including cross country, orienteering, tennis and athletics. The grounds are extensive and unique to the area and we regulary invite other schools to compete in a variety of competitions. We encourage and nurture every child to reach their full potential, wherever their PE journey begins. The field has the capacity for two football pitches as well as an athletics track (marked out in the Summer term) and we also have a path circling the field which we use all year round - 3 circuits equals the daily mile!

'The school uses the additional sports funding for primary schools extremely well to introduce pupils to a range of exciting physical activities.' (OFSTED)

We are also very proud of our swimming pool. The children get to swim for at least 21 weeks a year, in a warm, heated and well maintained pool. Our swimming record is well above the national average and we are very proud of the children's hard work and enthusiasm. Mrs Cropley has been the Lovelace swimming instructor for over 15 years and she teaches the whole school from reception through to year 6. She is very proud of the swimming achievements, and strives to make them better year on year.

'Pupils from Reception to Year 6 benefit from regular swimming lessons in the school’s pool, and pupils report that swimming is a particular favourite with them.' (OFSTED)

Mr Foskett is the full time Sports Coach at Lovelace working with Miss Lansdowne (P.E. Co-ordinator). He is employed to manage sports throughout the school - which means the children are taught PE by a specialist trainer at least once a week. He also prepares the children to compete against other schools. Lovelace has been one of the top schools in the borough for participation for the last six years. The children have had varying success at the tournaments in the Borough events, recently winning the Borough Tag Rugby and Cricket tournaments in 2019.

This year we have gained our 5th consecutive gold Sainsbury's School games award and are applying for a special platinum award as a result. As part of our application - we have put together a video to show a snapshot of what we do to get everyone active. To see the video click on thumbnail below. 



Statement on Extra Curricular Competitive Sport Opportunities (see Policies page)

In addition to the compulsory  2 hours of PE a week - Lovelace also has a variety of sports clubs:


  • Netball
  • Karate
  • Girls Football
  • Boys Football
  • Tag Rugby
  • Dance
  • Street Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Table Tennis
  • Country Dancing
  • Multiskills
  • Running
  • Basketball
  • Cricket

Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium

What is the PE and Sports Grant?

The Education Funding Agency has been providing additional funding to schools since 2013/14 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school Headteachers once again in 2017/18.

PE and Sports Grant at Lovelace: The funding for schools is calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools’ census in January 2017. This year all schools have additional funding to continue to provide sustainable improvement to the quality of PE and sport offered to pupils. The sports grant is not received as income to the school in a lump sum.  For 2017/18 we have received £11,894 thus far and the remaining £8,496 will be received 2018/19 financial. This will amount to a total of £20, 390. This plan should therefore be regarded as a proposal subject to the school receipt of funds. At Lovelace we have always prioritised our funding to sports, with sporting staff accounting for £35,000 of our outgoings irrespective of the sports grant.

Purpose of funding: Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but we have the freedom to choose how we do this.

In order to provide evidence and detail of how we use this premium in school please see our latest report here or by clicking on the feature to the left