The Partnership

About the School Sport Partnership Programme

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The School Sport Partnership Programme is a Government funded initiative that is administered and supported by The Youth Sport Trust.

The East Devon School Sport Partnership (EDSSP) incorporates The Kingís School (the hub site and dedicated Sports College) and 7 partner secondary schools: The Axe Valley Community College, Exmouth Community College, Honiton Community College, Sidmouth Community College have been part of the SSP since its conception in September 2003. September 2006 saw the partnership expand to include Cullompton Community College, Colyton Grammar School and Uffculme School as secondary school partners. Our original total of 38 partner primary schools, 2 infant schools and one special school increased in Phase 2 to 61 infant, primary and special schools. In September 2007 Bicton College joined the EDSSP as our Further Education College partner.

The East Devon School Sport Partnership programme aims to increase the opportunities for Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity available to young people aged 5-19; meeting national and local outcomes which include:

  • Creating opportunities and encouraging all young people to access a variety of activities and take part in PE, sport and physical activity.
  • Using PE and sport to improve young people's self esteem and confidence and so help to raise standards in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Developing high quality and appropriate competition structures in line with the National Competition Framework.
  • Providing training opportunities for teachers and adults supporting learning.
  • Providing opportunities for young people to engage in sports leadership and volunteering in sport
  • Creating links between schools, sports clubs and the local community
  • Working with coaches to support the delivery of out of school hourís clubs
  • The Partnership continues to liase closely with an established County Sports Partnership (Active Devon), the Local Education Authority (LEA), our local Leisure Trust (Leisure East Devon) and other local strategic agencies, to deliver shared objectives.

Through curriculum support to non-specialist teachers, continuing professional development opportunities, shared curriculum planning; the SSP programme aims to build a strong Primary School foundation which encourages children to access out of school hours learning and community provision. A coordinated Continuing Professional Development Programme aims to provide teachers, adults and young leaders with training, expertise and confidence to sustain and extend curriculum and out of school hourís activities.


The Partnership is managed by a Partnership Development Manager, based at The Kingís School. A School Sport Coordinator is based in each of the secondary schools working closely with Primary Link Teachers based in each local learning community primary school. These staff strive to extend provision and opportunities in PE, physical activity and school sport. A school sport competition manager supports the provision of high quality schools competition and a Further Education Sports Coordinator based at Bicton College focuses on extending Post 16 opportunities.

The School Sport Partnership has links with a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport and Sports Associations and benefits from the services of Community Sports Coaches across a range of activities including table tennis, athletics, rowing and health and fitness. A Partnership Administrator oversees the day to day administration in the SSP office.

For further information, please contact: Ros Daly (School Sport Partnership Administrator) or Kevin Moran (Partnership Development Manager) at The Kings School (01404 814995)

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