At Meir Heath Academy, we are committed to providing outstanding PE provision. We employ a specialist fully qualified PE teacher, Mr Wilkinson, who teaches PE to all classes throughout the school.
We aim to provide a broad, balanced and comprehensive programme of physical activities. Our facilities include a Gym, a multipurpose school yard with markings for netball and tennis, a large field, an Orienteering course, a KS1 play area and KS2 outdoor Education Fitness Centre (EFC). Children in Year 4 and 5 have swimming lessons at Blythe Bridge High School.
There are many opportunities to take part in extracurricular sporting activities including cricket, athletics, cross country, football, tag rugby, netball, boxercise, table tennis, Tennis, multi skills and dance. Some of these are provided by our committed teaching staff while others are provided by outside agencies.
We have an active Sports Council and in Year 6, eight children are elected to represent their house team as House Captains and Vice Captains. These children help to organise and run an extensive programme of inter house activities and competitions throughout the year. Year 5 and 6 children are also given the opportunities to develop their leadership skills in Sports and Games, helping out at after school clubs. Playground leaders organise and lead playtime games for Key Stage 1.
Links with Blythe Bridge High School
We have strong links with Blythe Bridge High School and Mr Edwards (PE department). The programme includes inter school competitions in a variety of sports and an additional after school sports club. This allows us to provide opportunities for pupils to take part in sports that we don’t always have the facilities for in school for example volleyball, basketball and trampolining.
We are committed to help celebrate our children’s achievements both in and out of school. We have weekly trophy awards for our PE proud performers in KS1 and KS2. We have our prestigious end of year Sports Assembly to celebrate all the hard work the children have done throughout the year. Awards are given for our ‘sports star of the future’ and our overall ‘most enthusiastic performers’ and ‘sports personality of the year’.
We also celebrate the work done in our dance clubs in KS2 with an evening ‘pick and mix’ dance show performance for parents.
Our school achieved the Sainsbury’s Schools Silver Mark and we are striving for the maintain the Silver award in the future.
In Year 6, children are able to take part in a week’s residential. This is a great opportunity for them to develop confidence, teamwork skills and to overcome challenges. Outdoor activities on offer include bridge building, high ropes, kayaking and a day at the Roaches.
Meet Mr Wilkinson
Mr Wilkinson has a passion for sport and his commitment for providing the best opportunities for the children make him our Meir Heath treasure! He is an experienced PE teacher who has taught in both Primary and Secondary schools as well as being a Sports Coordinator for a cluster of secondary schools. He is also a qualified swimming teacher.