Welcome to the Darlington School Sport Partnership:

Darlington School Sport Partnership works with eight Secondary, Special, Alternate Provision and 30 Primary/Infant Schools within the Borough of Darlington.

Darlington School Sport Partnership is committed to providing the best and positive sporting and physical activity opportunities for all young people; to broaden their range of experiences, increase participation, build confidence and contribute to whole school improvement through the vehicle of School Sport, Physical Activity and Leadership pathways. We provide high quality Physical Education and School Sport for schools, working with teachers, other school staff and specialist coaches within and beyond the curriculum.

Darlington School Sport Partnership also delivers the School Games programme for Darlington as part of the National School Games, and works collaboratively with the other School Games Organisers across the Tees Valley to provide appropriate and meaningful competition at a County Level.

School Games Vision: The School Games will make a positive and meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people through sport and physical activity.

School Games Mission: Putting physical activity and school sport at the heart of schools. Providing young people with the opportunity to enjoy and learn through competition to achieve their personal best.

The School Games is evolving to achieve the vision and fulfill the mission to ensure there is a clear direction and collective ask to the School Games network to work towards the same priorities for young people in Year 3 to 13 across all education settings. The outcomes for the School Games Network are:

1 – To advocate and position the delivery of the CMO daily active minutes for all young people, as a universal offer to maintain and grow school engagement.

Helping Schools prioritise the delivery of the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended 60 Active Minutes a day, or 20 minutes a day for SEND students. Supporting improvements in student’s physical literacy, and social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

2 – To ensure all competition has a clear intent and creates positive experiences based on the motivation, competence and confidence of the young people that need our support the most.

Using local insight to target young people who would receive the greatest benefit from the involvement in competitions. This includes students from low socio-economic backgrounds, minority ethnic groups, SEND students and girls.

3 – To have clear focus on Secondary School engagement and transition points.

Prioritising delivery in Secondary Schools whilst also recognising the impact on students transitioning in early Key Stage 2 and from Key Stage 2 to 3.

4 – To support the personal development of targeted young people through youth engagement and leadership.

This includes opportunities across the full breadth of the School Games which incorporates physical activity, competition, high quality leadership and youth engagement.

5 – To advocate and engage key stakeholders’ on the value of School Games to support local provision and improve the experience for young people and their families.

Showing the role the School Games can play in making a meaningful difference to the lives of young people. Encouraging engagement from local stakeholders including senior leadership teams, Public Health and parents.

Other Information:

Sports Premium:

We endeavor to ensure our core services meet the requirements of the Sport Premium, in particular, to help schools to ‘build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years’.


Increase and enhance your School Sport offer with a PE Apprentice!

A PE Apprentice can impact all 5 key indicators of the Sport Premium

Apprentice Levy:

  • Trusted local training provider
  • Embedded within PE and School Sport
  • Proven track record – 86% of HT’s rated our service as excellent (14% very good)
  • Potential 2 year programme where young person is trained to TA level.

Sport Premium:

  • Increase engagement and achievement in PE
  • Increase physical activity levels in your school
  • Raise the profile of PE and School Sport
  • Increase intra and inter School competitions
  • Provide a young role model to inspire your pupils to be active

How it works:

Apprentices work 4 days a week in School and 1 day a week they undergo training to complete their qualification. Additional training is given in the delivery of PE and School Sport to compliment the NVQ.

The Role an Apprentice can take in School:

  • Supporting within PE throughout the school day
  • Running lunchtime activities – active playgrounds
  • Supporting after school clubs
  • Supporting with preparation of teams for competitions/Festivals
  • Supporting with administration with subject leader in primary/secondary
  • Display boards
  • Organising PE cupboards
  • Taking small cohorts of challenging groups to keep active
  • Running Change for Life Clubs.
  • In the classroom – supporting within lessons, paired reading

“Attendance and academic achievement have improved as all pupils are motivated to attend and complete work thoroughly in order to take part in exciting new sporting opportunities” – HLTA Primary /Secondary.