Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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Welcome to our PE, Health and Well-being pages.

We are celebrating the successful re-accreditation of the AfPE Quality Mark with DISTINCTION!

afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport - Distinction

Thank you for your re-application for the Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport award.

The assessment panel has considered your application, together with the feedback from the validation visit, and afPE is delighted to award your school the Quality Mark with Distinction for ‘demonstrating outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education and Sport’.

Your award is valid for three years, commencing December 2016.

The panel was extremely impressed by the status of physical education and sport in your school which is obviously as a direct result of your leadership and management.

Your pursuit of excellence is demonstrated by your uncompromising and highly successful drive to improve and maintain the highest levels of achievement and personal development for all pupils in Sandal Castle School.

The fact that you have been awarded quality mark with distinction again is testament to the sustainability of this over a period of time. You have also empowered the subject leader and others in the PE Faculty to support and develop colleagues to know what to teach and how to teach it well.

You will receive a certificate, an engraved plaque and your school will also be listed on the afPE Quality Mark webpage. In addition the Association will submit a report to the Department for Education (DfE) which will include details of the successful applicants. There is always a possibility that a representative from the DfE or Sport England may wish to visit your school.

On behalf of the Association, I would like to offer you our congratulations on the successful renewal of your award.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Wilkinson

afPE Strategic Lead

Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sports Premium - July 2020

BBC Breakfast TV feature Sandal Castle Primary School - SEPTEMBER 2020

We have been asked by Sue Wilkinson MBE and Eileen Marchant MBE from AfPE to feature our fantastic Swimming and PE curriculum on BBC breakfast TV. Sue and Jason Robinson OBE, English former dual-code international rugby league and rugby union player will be on site (socially distanced and adhering to all government protocols ensuring no contamination of school bubbles) to interview myself and key members of staff on the importance of PE and physical activity on health and well being, whilst also filming swimming and an outdoor PE session.

This is a huge pat on the back for school and a fantastic achievement in itself. From all the thousands of schools available to be chosen, it is the Sandal curriculum that continues to be recognised as being truly outstanding by the Association for PE.

School Games Recognition July 2020

We are delighted to have been awarded our School Games Certificate of Recognition for 2019/20 which for this year replaces the usual School Games Mark Award. Our Gold Games Mark award that we received last year has been rolled over

As we are on course for Platinum, we are pleased to receive the following message from YST, "For those schools on course for Platinum, please be assured that this will not affect applications next year and for all other schools please note that you will maintain the same level School Games Mark due to the pause."

Certificate of recognition 2019/20

School Games Certificate 2019/20

School Games Gold - July 2019

For the second year running we are delighted to have been awarded the Gold School Games Award. This is another fantastic recognition of the quality of PE and Sport, and engagement of our children across each year group in festivals and tournaments.

DfE - Outstanding PE Lessons - June 2019

The DfE have asked if we would be happy to share details around our PE lessons in school as they have noted that we won the AfPE outstanding PE award for 2018. The School Sport Action Plan is due to be announced shortly and as part of the DfE's preparations for the announcement they are collecting inspirational examples of PE and Sport in schools which they can use to bring the plan and its narrative to life when ministers are talking about it.
This is yet another fantastic validation of the quality of our provision, learning and teaching.

Wakefield PE Conference January 2019

The focus of the PE Conference this year was "Using PE, sport and physical activity for whole school improvement". Our children were asked to perform the opening dance routine and Miss Whitehead led workshops during the day.

August 2018

We are delighted to announce that we, Sandal Castle (VA) Community Primary School, have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2017/18 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.

School Games Gold Mark Award

DVD Update - July 2018

Now launched...

PE Update - 4th July 2018

Late yesterday afternoon, Lauren Whitehead, Nicola Parrish and Nichola Russell travelled to St George's Park, Staffordshire as guests of the AfPE and DfE at their annual awards evening. We had a fantastic time meeting the AfPE Strategic leaders, DfE representatives, Ofsted Inspectors and Olympians.

The awards were quite a surprise!

Sue Wilkinson MBE and Eileen Marchant MBE, endorsed by the DfE had nominated and awarded Lauren and Nic the Special Award for outstanding subject leadership in Physical Education - a fantastic achievement.

In addition, I had been nominated, endorsed by the DfE and awarded the Special Award for outstanding leadership and management.

The award ceremony recognises the most outstanding schools/leaders in the country. This recognition means that we are a flagship school for PE and will be a DfE mentor school, supporting other schools in the country due to our whole school commitment, dedication and quality of learning and teaching from the whole school TEAM.

Here is the July AfPE Newsletter celebrating the success of Sandal Castle...

The link below is part of the DVD showcasing swimming at school.

Association for PE on Twitter

“A clip from our brand new DVD which will be launched imminently (and made freely available to all afPE members). ‘The Impact of PE and School Sport to Whole School Improvement’ #afpe2018”

The link below is the DfE tweet celebrating our AfPE awards!

DfE on Twitter

“Congratulations to the @afPE_PE award winners who have demonstrated outstanding practice and leadership in #PhysicalEducation. Teachers of #PE are key to helping all #children to lead healthy, active lives #afpe2018”

AfPE Conference Summary Video

Fantastic recognition for school!!

DfE Recognition - June 2018

We are delighted that our school has been showcased as a case study school during National Sports Week, June 2018.

Follow the link below to see the DfE report ...


A truly outstanding school which has achieved the afPE Quality Mark with Distinction (twice!) and who will feature in afPE's new DVD exempflifying high quality provision that will be unveiled shortly! - AfPE

'I am proud to have been associated with this remarkable school' - Eileen Marchant MBE

Sports Week June 2018




Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Launch / values assembly (20 minutes)

Launch / values assembly (20 minutes)

Roller bikes KS1 Hall (9:30 – 11:45)

Inter-house Cricket Tournament


Boccia SEND festival

Swimming Gala




EYFS Sports Day

Elite Healthy Eating assembly KS2 (9:15)

Roller bikes KS1 Hall (9:30 – 11:45)


Key stage 1 sports day

Swimming Gala




Elite Healthy Eating Assembly KS1 (9:15)

Lower Key stage 2 sports day


Swimming Gala

Upper Key stage 2 sports day



HEF day


Healthy Eating Fair


Healthy Eating Fair

Swimming Gala

Inter-house Rounder’s Tournament

1:15 – 2:45




Champions Swimming Gala


Celebration / Values assembly – 1:15PM

Celebration / Values assembly – 1:30PM

Underpinning focus of the week:

Olympic Values

Paralympic Values








Welcome to our PE, Health and Wellbeing pages.

At Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School, we firmly believe that every child is entitled to a high quality curriculum which places their physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs at the core of its purpose. Within our curriculum and extra curricular entitlement, a fully inclusive programme of PE, swimming and sport features prominently. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of after school clubs and our Easter and Summer Sports Camp opportunities are proving to be very popular. Our after school clubs remain free of charge.

Importance of PE Poster

Importance of PE Leaflet for Parents

Association for PE Filming

We are delighted to have been chosen by the AfPE to be their feature school in the new DVD, 'High Quality PE'. Filming will take place on the 24th and 25th April. A programme of interviews; children, sports leaders, senior leaders, range of staff, parents and governors followed by filming of curriculum PE, extra curricular PE, swimming, cross curricular transferable skills in other curriculum areas, coaching and staff meeting will also be filmed. We are looking forward to showcase our exemplary practice.

Gallery to follow after filming has taken place.

Please follow the links to further explore our PE provision in school.

Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sports Premium - July 2020

5 Key Indicators

The Daily Mile

What is The Daily Mile?

Simply put, The Daily Mile is 15 minutes wherein children jog or run, at their own pace, during the school day at a time of the teacher’s choosing. The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.

It’s a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity and recognised within the UK Government’s 2018 Childhood Obesity Strategy.

It is recommend that schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per Core Principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all of, the way after around 4 weeks: their level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.

Image result for change for life

Change4Life is an awarding programme designed to promote behaviour change in relation to the health and well- being of the whole school community. By becoming a Change4Life school we will be focusing on our mental and physical well -being whilst promoting the love of exercise and benefits of healthy eating. As there is a close link between pupil health, well-being and attainment at school, we feel this is a vital part of school life where good examples of healthy eating and exercise can be shown and embedded into every day routines. We are all very excited to start this journey and are looking forward to seeing the benefits of these healthy life choices both at school and at home.

Childhood Obesity Strategy and Plan

Due to our Association for PE Quality Mark (with Distinction) we were asked to open the Yorkshire PE conference held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield.

Nutrition and Lifestyle

Elite Coaching came into school to lead an assembly on Nutrition and Lifestyle. As you can see the children loved it!