North Wiltshire Sports Cluster

Phil Smith - SSCo - KS2 Coordinator

A little about me....

I work at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy as the School Sports Coordinator for two days a week. However I also teach in a Primary School for the remaining 3 days of the week as a PE Specialist Teacher or PEST some may say.

My passion for developing sport at all levels naturally lends itself to the role of SSCo and when the opportunity arose to lead a cluster of schools in my local area I jumped at the chance.

When I am not teaching I can often be found coaching....Basketball, Athletics, Multi-skills and football. I also provide a variety of training courses for young coaches making their way up the sporting ladder.

The role of a SSCo

A School Sports Co-ordinator (SSCo) plays a leading role in the delivery of school development plans across a cluster of feeder schools. They support colleagues in the delivery of high quality PE and School Sport and have a remit to:

  • increase sporting opportunities for pupils during out of school hours
  • bring feeder schools together for participation, enjoyment and competition in physical education
  • link up with community clubs and National Governing Bodies to create pathways for success
  • identify professional development expertise & needs within the cluster and lead on innovative CPD opportunities for all staff within the cluster of schools.

The children's learning in Physical Education is at the centre of everything we do!

Impact for our cluster

Across our cluster of 13 schools we have approx 700 children involved in festivals and events during each academic year. This includes taking part in sports competitions as well as leading, umpiring, officiating, scoring, refereeing, timekeeping, filming, coaching and having lots of fun.

Each year we offer CPD opportunities to primary staff through twilight staff meetings, team teaching lessons and gifted and talented identification.

We also include the wider community within our annual events. Parents come to watch, sports clubs are heavily involved in the planning and running of many of out festivals, community coaches lead sport specific sessions in schools and we also work with national governing bodies to raise understanding and in turn standards across our schools.

We are always looking for innovative ways to learn and to teach and as a result we believe that our cluster goes from strength to strength in terms of the quality of Physical Education available to our children.


The Wootton Bassett & Cricklade Primary School Sports Cluster

Ashton Keynes Primary                 Bradon Forest Secondary             Broad Hinton Primary

Broad Town Primary                       Noremarsh Junior                            Longleaze Primary

Lydiard Millicent Primary              Lyneham Primary                             St Bartholomews Primary

St Mary’s Primary                             St Sampson’s Primary                     Wootton Bassett Infant

Each of these schools have a Primary Link Teacher (PLT).  We all meet each term to celebrate success and develop sporting opportunities for our children!

Contact information and useful links;

Phil Smith SSCo - 07932 632013 / 01793 841900                       




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