PE and School Sport at The Minster

Sports funding breeds success

Our curriculum covers five main areas: dance, gymnastics, athletics, invasion games and swimming (years 4-6). Teachers are aware of the skill progression in each of these areas and this is used as a guide when assessing children. This system also allows teachers to identify gifted and talented children in their given sport/s. To help improve the teaching of PE, the school hired a specialist PE teacher to mentor, teach and assess teachers every Tuesday throughout the year. Thirteen teachers have had a minimum of 6 weeks training. A staff questionnaire will be handed out to evaluate the impact of this, as well as upcoming lesson observations from the PE lead. Ofsted were very impressed with the action the school took to improve the teaching of PE. The PE specialist also ran a before and after-school football club.   

The sports lead has given CPD opportunities to numerous members of staff including:  a squash CDP for two members  and a football CPD for another two members of staff as well as a whole school gymnastics CPD.

Clubs, competitions and opportunities

For the first year in our history, the school achieved a Gold Award for the School Games Mark. This is because we have introduced more opportunities for children to take part in an extra-curricular sport than previous years. The PE leader wanted to involve more Year 3 and 4 children, as well as increasing SEN and PPG participation. This is a list of all of the sports opportunities made  available to try this school year: boys’and girls’ football, tag-rugby, netball, basketball, squash, panathlon games (SEN), hockey, sportshall athletics, quadkids athletics, cheerleading, street dance,  teambuilding workshops, golf, zumba, gifted and talented programme, cricket, let your feet compete dance competition, orienteering festival and rounders.

Competition wise, we have had our best year ever. We are the champions of Croydon in tag-rugby (6th year in a row), quadkids athletics (6th year in a row), sportshall athletics and high-5 netball (1st time ever). We competed at the Spring London Youth Games in tag-rugby and high-5 netball and we will be representing Croydon in quadkids athletics on July 4th at the Summer London Youth Games. We won the CPFC boys’ football tournament, beating Trinity on penalties in the final. The netball and girls’ football teams both won their leagues and we came runners up in Croydon at golf and basketball. 

We also won the boys' and girls' relay competitions at the Croydon Primary Schools Athletics Championships.

We have a good links with Crystal Palace Football Club (delivered a PSHE workshop to two classes), Croydon Harriers, Archbishop Tenison and Trinity School.

Sports Premium

Sports Premium was spent wisely and effectively. Some of our main purchases include: The PE Specialist, a dance teacher who teachers cheerleading and street dance lessons once a week, our membership to the Croydon Sports Partnership, new equipment and mini-bus training for two members of staff.

We are proud to be the most successful school in Croydon at sport and we aim to achieve even more next year.


Click here to see a skills progression framework for PE.

Some Sporting Successes at the Minster:

January 2018: Girls' football team win all their matches in the Crystal Palace Primary Stars competition

March 2017: Boys' football team win Croydon Cup for the first time since 1907

March 2017: Boys' football team reach finals of London Youth Games and gain bronze medal; best perfomance by a Croydon team for 40 years

March 2017: Tag rugby team comes 10th out of 33 boroughs at London Youth Games

June 2017: Boys win the athletics cup and handicap cup at Croydon Arena, aswell as breaking relay record held for 33 years


A selection of match reports:

Our boys' football team have won the Croydon Cup for the first time since 1907. 

Many parents, families and teachers turned up to cheer them on in the evening sunshine at Royal Russell School.

It was a hard fought match against St James the Great School, with Minster taking a 2-0 lead. However, a second-half fightback saw the opposition pull two goals back. It was a nail-biting end to the game, with Minster going close to sealing victory with a number of close chances, but also saving the game at the other end with some last-ditch defending and goalkeeping.

We were spared the indignity of a penalty shootout, and the Cup was shared between both schools.

The schools' names will both be engraved on the the winner's cup and the runner's up trophy. Minster won the toss to display the cup first, which will take pride on our ever-increasing traophy table. The boys were also proud to show off their medals.

It was also nice to see both teams sportingly applauding one another and shaking hands at the end. Well done!

The London Youth Games

Our boys' football team were also in action at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in the London Youth Games. 33 London boroughs were represented by the best team in the borough, with Minster obviously representing Croydon.

Our team went 8 games without conceding a single goal in open play, but sadly lost in a penalty shoot out in the semi-finals. Achieving a bronze medal however, was still the best a Croydon team has done for 40 years!

The Tag Rugby team also competed, and came 10th out of the 33 boroughs, which was also an amazing effort considering some of the boys competing were also in the football team, and would have been exhausted from the previous day's exploits!

A big thank you has to go out to coach Mr Davies, ably supported by Mr Saunders. Our sporting achievements are no mean feat, considering our limited facilities.


Minster Wins Boys' Cup for Second Year Running

We had another exciting evening at Croydon Arena in the Mediterranean heat on Wednesday! Despite temperatures of 32 degrees celsius, our athletic superstars treated us to another mammoth performance.

Not only did our boys win the cup, AND the handicap cup, but also they broke the record for the fastest relay time held in Croydon since 1984! The new time to beat is 54.98 seconds! Emmanuel won the 800 metres with a dogged performance, refusing to let the second-placed boy past him in a nail-biting final lap.

There were amazing performances also by Zitelu in Year 3, Henry in Year 6 and Sy'ria in Year 4 who came 1st in their individual running events.

Well done to the whole team: Henry, Andre, Raph, Emmanuel, Chidi, Sy'ria, Praise, Zitelu, Hollie, Onyinye, Dunsin, Michael, Temora, Zino, Deborah, Gibril and Sarai.