STAFF at Mere School are working to further improve sport at the school following recent success in tag rugby, football and netball.

All Key Stage 2 pupils have had additional professional coaching during their weekly Friday sports afternoons, which has led to success in local and regional competitions.

The tag rugby team recently won the Gillingham Family tournament for the second time in three years.

Head of sport Martin Marshall has been working on a plan to develop teaching even further, including working with Gillingham School and the University of Winchester.

Working with a senior lecturer from the university, teachers at Mere will plan, develop and evaluate units of work.

And at the end of the spring term a group of PE students from Winchester will spend a fortnight at the school evaluating PE provision in Blue, Yellow and Silver classes.

When their data has been collected and analysed the school will create a plan, with the university’s input, for developing PE provision at Key Stage 1 and the foundation stage. V

ictoria Randall, from the university, said: “It was great to meet the staff at Mere and put together a very exciting plan for PE at the school. I left buzzing about what we will be doing.”