We examine the strong sporting ethos of one school in Oldham Pupils at Lyndhurst Primary School in Oldham take part in a wide range of sports during PE classes, at lunchtimes and after school. More unusually, every lunchtime Year 6 pupils take charge of the sports club. These ‘sports captains’ run the games, issue equipment and act as referees. Kate McGrath, PE co-ordinator, says that the school has such a strong sporting ethos because the children organise so much themselves.
Learning mentor Karen Seth was inspired to start the scheme after she noticed how much the children loved being taught PE by visiting secondary students. She thought the Year 6 pupils could have a similar role in coaching younger pupils. Andrew Feeley, Headteacher, has seen a marked improvement in lunchtime behaviour. And the children return to class with more positive energy, ready to learn.