Sports Colleges

 Sports Colleges


Sports Colleges will raise standards in physical education (PE) and sport for all their learners across the ability range, leading to whole school improvement. They will be regional focal points for promoting excellence in PE and community sport.

Sports Colleges will extend links between families of schools, sports bodies and communities by:

  • sharing resources
  • developing and spreading good practice
  • helping to provide a structure through which young people can progress to careers in sport and PE.

Sports Colleges will increase participation in PE and sport for all pre-and post-16 learners and develop the potential of talented performers.


Sports Colleges are expected to develop a visible ethos throughout the school and within their local community which inspires their learners.

Sports Colleges will:

  • Support the Government's aspiration for all young people to have two hours high quality PE per week within and outside the curriculum.
  • Take an appropriate role in the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links Strategy (see below).
  • Develop the skills and understanding of teachers and make imaginative use of new technologies as a means of raising the quality of teaching and learning in PE.
  • Extend provision and facilities to benefit all learners of all sporting abilities, whilst also giving those with the greatest potential, opportunities to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.
  • Work with other schools and the wider community to develop and share good practice, facilities, human and other resources.
  • Are involved in national initiatives (e.g. Step into Sport) and competitions that enrich provision in PE and sport for their own learners and those in their partner schools."

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2009), The Standards Site: Sports, [online], available from: (Accessed 12 November 2009)

What has been the impact of Sports College Status to Carshalton Boys:

  • Pupils proud to receive a place at Carshalton Boys Sports College.
  • PE Department ‘Can Do’ Ethos and High Expectations now shared across the whole school.
  • Gold Ties for students who achieve their Targets used as a case study by the Youth Sport Trust
  • Introduction of BTEC level 2 and 3 courses by PE, shared across the school and has helped raise pupil achievement and lead to an ‘Outstanding’ Curriculum “ofsted 2008”
  • BBC uses Carshalton students to promote healthy lifestyles nationally
  • Headteacher, Director of Specialism and Head of PE all lead Borough and National projects for sport and London 2012.
  • Since 2003 to September 2009 over 7000 primary school students have participated in sporting activity’s run and organised by Carshalton staff supported by over 2000 students from CBSC as young leaders.
  • 2000 primary students have participated in our Aussie Rules programme and 20 of our student have represented England or Great Britain with 10 of those students going to Australia on tour with the GB squad.
  • Increased community links with the Met Police, Tooting and Mitcham FC ‘playing for success’, Aussie Rules UK, Positive Futures, have helped raise the schools profile.
  • The Youth Sport Trust now use the school as an example of ‘good practice’