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The link between Pupil health and wellbeing and attainment:
Pupils with better health and wellbeing are more likely to achieve academically.
Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.
The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.
Physical activity has been linked to improved classroom behaviour across the whole school.

The Reality

Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese.
Children from low income backgrounds are the worst affected (twice as likely to be affected by the age of 5, three times as likely by the age of 11)
Chief Medical Officer guidelines says that children should undertake at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of activity each day.
Approximately 75% of primary age children do not currently do the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
From Sept 2017 the sugar tax on soft drinks and sugary snacks will double the primary sports sports premium with more emphasis placed on what schools are doing towards the health and well being of pupils.
Whilst schools cannot possibly provide all of the solutions, they will be tasked with providing at least thirty minutes of vigorous physical activity in every school day.
A new healthy rating scheme for primary schools will be in place from September 2017

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Physical Activity Festival

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This week our Hyndburn Physical Activity festival was held at Hyndburn Sports Centre & delivered in conjunction with the UP & ACTIVE team from Hyndburn Borough Council. This was an event organised to involve disengaged & inactive students within our local hyndburn primary schools. Eleven schools took part in the event bringing between 4 & 8 students.

This event provided the children with the opportunities to try out new activities such as fitness circuits, zumba, squash and yoga, squashing proving to be the most popular. Hopefully this event demonstrated and advertised more ways of being physically active, encouraging out of school physical activity. We would like to thank the up & active team for delivering a great event, a special thanks to the instructors Sarah (yoga), Sarah & Hayley (Squash) Michelle (Zumba) Mark and Zuber (fitness circuit) for providing fun yet active sessions.


Ribble Valley Year 5&6 Sportshall Athletics


This week two Ribble Valley Sports hall athletics took place, venue 1 was Oakhill were we had the help of Oakhill’s Year 9 sports leaders and venue 2 was at Roefield leisure centre with the fantastic help from Ribblesdale sports leaders.

These events were brilliant, yet again the school attended fully motivated and prepared to win. This created a great atmosphere for the children to thrive and enjoy the competitive element this competition brings. The teams took part in obstacle races, relay races, speed bounce, vertical, long & triple jumps as well as chest push & javelin.

Below shows a table of the winning large and small schools at each of the events.

Venue: Roefield

Small School Results

Venue: Roefield

Regular School Results


Gisburn Primary

Salesbury Primary


Simonstone Primary

Clitheroe St James


Sabden Primary

Pendle Primary


Venue: Oakhill

Small School Results

Venue: Oakhill

Regular School Results


Oakhill College

St Leonards Langho


Balderstone Primary

Whalley Primary


Chatburn Primary

St Marys Langho



Gisburn Primary School (Small School)

Langho St Leonards Primary School (Regular School)

Both schools won the overall competition and will go on to represent the Ribble Valley in the County Finals on March 5th 2019.

Steering Group 9th January 2019

We would just like to share with you all the minutes from our New Years steering group meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for you to assist in shaping the future of the Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Sports Partnership as well as providing feedback on recent events we have organised. Please read our recent minutes and if you would like to attend the next meeting on the 8th May 2019 contact Jane Johnson.

Santa Dash

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On the run up to Christmas we kept the tradition running and invited all the Hyndburn & Ribble Valley primary schools down to Wilson’s playing fields to take part in the Annual Santa Dash. This year the sun shone bright as over 300 children took part in a carousel of 3 different activities. Children & teachers came dressed in their Christmas gear ready to take part and enjoy the afternoon. The Accrington Academy sports leaders motivated and encouraged the children to run a mile around the track as they completed the Santa dash in style. The Accrington Academy dance leaders delivered a dance session were the children learnt a Christmas dance to Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa tell me’. The third activity was delivered by Mrs Clarke & Accrington Academy’s Choir ‘Vocal Adrenaline’ they performed festive songs and got the children singing along. This event was fun and festive, the Accrington Academy Students did a fantastic as well as all the children that took part! Please Scroll across to see more photos.

KS1 Kurling Competition

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Great Harwood A

Due to the huge popularity of these events last year, this year we held three separate KS1 Kurling events. Kurling is an adaptation of the winter sport of kurling on ice and involves rolling stones towards a target.  The team whose stone ends up closest to the target at the end of the game is declared the winner.

The first of the events was held at Hyndburn Academy on Weds 5th December.  Ten teams played off in two groups with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.  Springhill A and Springhill C were both unbeaten in their groups and St Peters B and Great Harwood A qualified for the semi-finals from group two.  In the semi-finals, Springhill A beat St Peters B and Great Harwood A beat Springhill C in their respective matches.  This lead to Springhill A playing Great Harwood A in an extremely tense final which Springhill A won.  Springhill C were victorious against St Peters B who were playing in their first HRVSSP tournament.

1 – Springhill A

2 – Great Harwood A

3 – Springhill C

4 – St Peters B

Thanks to Hyndburn Academy for hosting and to their students who led the event.


The second event was hosted by St Augustine’s High School on 6th December.  Twenty teams took part in this one with each team being split into four groups and the top team from each group qualifying for the semi final.  Brennands B were unbeaten in their group and Waddington and West Bradford and St Josephs Hurst Green emerged dominant in their groups but Group Two was an extremely close affair with St Wulstans and Gisburn B equal on points.  Overall Ends won needed to be calculated and this meant that St Wulstans qualified for the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals It was St Joseph’s Hurst Green and Waddington and West Bradford that won their games so they met in the final whilst Brennands B and St Wulstan’s played off for third place. The overall results were as follows but all teams must be commended on the good spirits in which the games were played.  Thanks also go to the leaders from St Augustine’s High School.

1 – St Joseph’s Hurst Green

2 – Waddington and West Bradford

3 – Brennands B

4 – St Wulstans


The third and final event was held at Accrington Academy on Monday 17th December. Seventeen      teams were spilt into three groups with the top four teams qualifying for the knock out stages.  Again, the competition was intense but the semi-finals involved Belthorn B and St Nicholas, SImonstone A and Belthorn A.  Belthorn A and Belthorn B won both of their semi-finals to meet in the final and Simonstone A and St Nicks played off for third place.  In the end it was the year 1 Belthorn B team who beat their older year 2 team for first place.

1 – Belthorn B

2 – Belthorn A

3 – Simonstone A

4 – St Nicholas

All of the children who took part in all of the kurling events should be congratulated as the excitement, competitive spirt and good team work was evident throughout all of the competitions.

february, 2019

04feb3:00 pm6:00 pmRibble Valley Gymnastics3:00 pm - 6:00 pm St Augustine's RC High SchoolOrganisation:Sports partnership primary schools

04feb4:00 pm6:00 pmHyndburn Football League B4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Accrington Academy SchoolOrganisation:Sports partnership primary schools

06feb4:00 pm6:00 pmU13 Table Tennis4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hyndburn Sports CentreOrganisation:Sports partnership secondary schools

11feb4:00 pm6:00 pmB Team Football 5/64:00 pm - 6:00 pm Accrington Academy SchoolOrganisation:Sports partnership primary schools

12feb4:00 pm6:00 pmHyndburn KS1 Dance Festival4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hyndburn AcademyOrganisation:Sports partnership primary schools

13feb4:00 pm6:00 pmU15 Boys Handball4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Organisation:Sports partnership secondary schools

27feb10:00 am12:00 pmRV Year 3 & 4 Fun Dodgeball10:00 am - 12:00 pm Oakhill CollegeOrganisation:Sports partnership primary schools

27feb4:00 pm6:00 pmU15 Girls Handball4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Organisation:Sports partnership secondary schools

28feb4:00 pm6:00 pmU16 Table Tennis4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Bowland High SchoolOrganisation:Sports partnership secondary schools