Date Published: 15 November 2016
Rutland primary schools have shown outstanding performance as part of a national award scheme that encourages participation in sport and physical activity among young children.
The Games Mark is an award that schools can apply for each year to recognise their development in school games and physical activity. In order to achieve any level of the School Games Mark, schools must work hard to demonstrate how they fulfil a number of different criteria relating to participation, competition and school club links.
This is the fifth year that the scheme has been run and more than 8,000 schools applied for the award in 2015.The deadline for this year’s programme has now passed with close to 100% of schools in Rutland submitting an application.
Councillor David Wilby, Portfolio Holder for Education , said: “The enthusiasm our schools have shown towards the Games Mark and to school sport in general is infectious. It shows great unity that we have nearly 100% of schools applying and being recognised for their provision of PE and school sport, with 50% of them achieving Silver or Gold. This excellent achievement is a great reflection of the passion and dedication shown by school staff in Rutland to encourage our children to get involved in all types of sport. Our profound thanks must also go to the Rutland School Sport Partnership, who work closely with schools on a daily basis to promote participation in sport and physical activity.”
The School Games Mark was launched by the government in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Award winners can display the School Games Mark logo throughout their school to show their outstanding commitment to school sport and OFSTED can use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework.
Edith Weston Academy School achieved Silver in 2015 and picked up Gold as part of this year’s awards. They said:
“During the past three years we have been going through a period of rapid improvement and sport has played a pivotal role with this. We have, in consecutive years, gone from bronze to silver to gold and these improvements are reflected in all areas of school life. Our children from FS1 to year 6 swim in our own pool every week throughout the year and this has impacted enormously in children's confidence levels and changing their behaviours towards their learning. We applied for the award as we wanted our commitment to sport acknowledged and recognised.”
For more information about the School Games Mark, please visit: www.yourschoolgames.com
To find out more about the sport and physical activity in Rutland and the work of the Rutland School Sports Partnership, please visit: www.activerutland.org.uk