PE and Sport at Holly Grove

At Holly Grove we believe that physical activity is an essential part of living a healthy and happy life. Physical education and Sport has been embedded into the ethos of the school to support the individual needs of all our pupil’s across the curriculum. Personalised MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) programmes, Sensory Processing circuits and Rebound Therapy all contribute to improving every child’s quality of life through being resilient and physically literate. Developing those essential Fundamental Movement Skills is at the centre of our physical education which provides opportunities to participate and achieve in sport.

As a school we offer a wide range of activities to challenge every pupil both within and outside the campus. We have strong links within the community, working with organisations such as Burnley Football Club and The Burnley Sports Partnership as well as our own GLD cluster schools. These links enable us to access competitions and innovative activities such as Sensory Orienteering, Tri Golf and Tee ball.


Intent- What do we aim to achieve through our curriculum?

  • Our curriculum is designed to develop the physical literacy of all our pupil’s. This will provide a solid foundation which will allow and encourage participation of sport and physical activity throughout their lives.
  • We want to develop confidence, competence and enjoyment of sport and physical activity. Our curriculum should be fun, engaging and appropriately challenging for all pupils.
  • Increase opportunities to try something new. We are passionate about giving children positive experiences. We strongly believe that everyone can be great, Together we Learn Together we will achieve!
  • To promote an awareness of the importance and benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.


Implementation- How the curriculum is delivered?

  • Once your child steps their foot into Holly Grove they begin their journey through a specific scheme of work aimed to build upon skills and confidence each day.
  • Our curriculum is inclusive to all pupil’s, with adapted objectives, activities and equipment to meet the needs of every pupil.
  • We understand the importance of Physical Activity and the benefits this can bring to learning. Every lesson is underpinned to encourage movement in order to regulate minds and spark engagement.
  • We aim to achieve over 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Targeted Learning Plans are developed to set goals which are specific to needs of children.
  • We work closely with all providers such as Physiotherapists, Sensory Integration Specialists and external coaches.
  • Interventions are put in place to ensure all pupils have a meaningful journey.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities- Lunch time clubs, School Sports Teams, Community Links
  • Swimming and Hydrotherapy Sessions
  • Rebound Therapy
  • MOVE
  • Parent sessions to develop to enjoyment and participation of physical activity within families.


Impact- What difference is our curriculum making?

  • The majority of Holly Grove Pupils in Upper School are now able to access a wider range of sports and activities due to their improved physical literacy. This has led to pupils being more active outside of schools with a number of pupils attending local sports clubs.
  • A larger group of pupils are now asking to attend events and competition both within and outside of Holly Grove.
  • 9 pupils have recently completed a Sports Leaders programme which has taught them skills to help them provide sessions with pupils in Lower School.
  • The vast majority of pupils meet or exceed expectations in PE.
  • 100% of pupils are more active during playtimes. This has made a noticeable difference on their learning and engagement in class.
  • Many pupils will now initiate their own games. This is a goal achieved from a previous School Improvement Plan.
  • “This is the best time of my life” – Y5 Pupil taking part in Glow Dodgeball
  • “I love PE at Holly Grove” Y3 Pupil


For more information on the impact please see our Sports Premium Document.

Burnley Campus, Barden Lane,
Burnley, Lancashire, BB1O 1JD


Lisa-Jane Brown and Holly Mackenzie

01282 953710


Karen Alty


Eve Taylor


The Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund was set up in 2009, in conjunction with her parents, in memory of a very special pupil who sadly passed away after many years of bad health.