A STONE school has been awarded special recognition for bringing a variety of sporting opportunities to its pupils and helping to build on the legacy of this summer’s Olympic games.
Physical Education tutor Helen Marsden said: “To be recognised for our hard work over the past academic year via a national award is a big honour that all the staff who run the clubs and sessions can be proud of.
“The high numbers we have coming to the clubs also shows how many of our children are committed to adopting a healthier lifestyle which is really pleasing.”
The School Games Kitemark was launched to reward schools for their commitment to developing competition across schools and into the community.
Schools are required to meet a set of pre-requisites for the award and Christ Church received the silver award as a result of meeting a wide range of standards relating to sport and physical education, during curriculum time and out of school hours, including pupils taking part in at least two hours of PE each week and regular sporting opportunities provided for less active young people.
The school regularly runs lunchtime basketball, table tennis, tag rugby, gymnastics cheerleading and football sessions as well as after school activities like badminton, cricket, netball, dodgeball and street dance.
Steve Glover, Partnership Development Manager, for the Stafford and Stone School Sport Partnership said he was ‘thrilled’ for the school.
“They really embrace school sport and are thoroughly active in our partnership,” he said.Church Academy were awarded the School Games Silver Kitemark for its work during the 2011/12 academic year and is one of the first in the county to receive the commendation which recognises their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport.