At Merritts Brook Academy, our first phase of physical literacy is introducing pupils to fundamental stages of movement, this includes enhancing a pupils balance, co-ordination, agility and speed.

As a pupil moves through the key stages they will be challenged on decision making and a basic understanding of invasion games, net and wall games and striking and fielding games.

Extra-Curricular Sports

We are proud to offer a range of extra -curricular sports clubs including football, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, handball, flag football, tag rugby and multi-skills as well as the opportunity to compete in both inter- school and intra- school competitions.

We have strong external links with a range of sports clubs including Aston Villa FC, Warwickshire County Cricket Club club and the King Edwards Sports Partnership.


2022 Mini Olympics

What a glorious day for our annual event! Children and staff basked in beautiful weather as they competed to win the house trophy! Each activity is designed to be inclusive, teach the attributes needed for competitive activities and showcase our school games values: honesty, respect, determination, teamwork and passion.

We have a skilled PE lead who supports the implementation and delivery of PE lessons as well as leading on our curriculum development.

This can be found here

Our strategy to teach pupils to swim focuses on an extensive sequence of lessons for pupils in years 2, 4 and 6.

All pupils in year 6 are offered the chance to take part in a life changing sailing trip set on the beautiful Isle of Wight at the UKSA’s waterfront base. Pupils have access to a range of exciting activities with qualified instructors. Further information can be found here.

Over the course of their three-day residential trip, our pupils will improve their confidence in the water as they try out activities like kayaking, paddle-boarding, dinghy sailing and keel boating. As well as exciting water sports, they will also get to take part in other activities like crabbing or archery by the sea with their classmates.

Year 5 and 6 football team

Year 5 and Year 6 have joined the Kings Norton and District school’s league for the first time. It has been a fantastic opportunity to play on grass against other established local teams.

Paganel, Meadows, St James, St Kenelms, Rednal Hill –

Player of the season

Patrick – Year 5 –

‘Patrick has shown great leadership during training and in matches. He shows all of our school values both on and off the pitch. I’m really proud of him – what a role model! His goal against Paganal in the first minute of the match was a personal highlight of our campaign because everything that we had worked on in training had come to fruition.’ Mr Garfield

Head coach, Mr Garfield reflected on how this journey has brought the players closer together as a team on and off the pitch. He is already looking for fresh players to break into the squad for next season as the current players build upon their experience this season.

Throughout the year, we encourage a range of professional and amateur role models to visit and inspire our students. For example, Olympic medallist David Smith, former Birmingham City football player, Geoff Horsefield and stars from the Aston Villa Women’s Academy.


Our community work is central to our beliefs as a school. We are working with Fit Families to engage our families in physical exercise. Information can found below.

We are proud to have introduced our morning sports club with Mr Whitaker where children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 can come into school at 8am every morning to exercise, have fun and fell awake, alert and prepared for the day ahead!

Further information on extra-curricular sports clubs and activities can be found here:

Club Year group Term
Homework club Year 1-6 All year
Young Voices Year 1-6 Autumn 1-Spring 1
Aston Villa Lunchtime Year 1 – 6 Year 1 and 2 – Autumn

Year 3 and 4 – Spring

Year 5 and 6 -Summer

Aston Villa afterschool Year 1 – 6 Year 3 and 4 – Autumn

Year 5 and 6 – spring

Year 1 and 2 – summer

Flag Football Year 5 and 6 Autumn
Drama Club Year 3-6 Autumn
Eco Schools Year 1-6 Ambassadors All year
SATs club Year 6 Autumn – Summer 1
Basketball Year 1 and 2 Spring term
Handball Year 3 and 4 Summer term
Athletics Year 3-6 Summer term
Gymnastics Year 3-6 Spring term
Gymnastics Year 1 and 2 Summer term
Yoga Year 1-6 Summer 1 and 2
Computing Year 1-6 Spring 2
Art Year 1-6 Spring 2
Lego Year 1-6 Spring 2-Summer 1
Craft club Year 1-6 Spring
British sign language Year 1-6 Spring 1 and 2
Guitar/singing Year 3 -6 Summer 1
Forest School EYFS-Year 6 Summer term
Reading Year 5 and 6 Aut 1 – Sum 2

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