A Hartlepool primary school’s new approach to sport has won it a national award.
Clavering Primary School says its children are happier, healthier and even better behaved after revolutionising its approach to PE.
The school says its overhauled PE programme now means the children, or ‘sport superstars’ have a choice of more than 20 sports as well as dance classes.
Such is the success of the programme the school say 100% of children now participate in school sports and 90% represent in inter-school sports.
The school, on Clavering Road, is now celebrating after winning a prestigious national education award.
The school has been presented with the winners’ trophy in the Outstanding Sports Project category of the annual Community Education Awards.
Backed by Dame Esther Rantzen and the Police Community Clubs, the awards are an annual celebration and recognition of schools’ efforts to help children and young people become responsible community members. This year’s awards attracted more than 2,500 entries.
Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy said he was delighted to receive the award. “It is a huge honour for every member of the Clavering Family to have won this prestigious award,” he said.
“As always, we must emphasise that, as delighted as we are with our sporting success, it is because of the wider benefits of PE and sport that we prioritise our Clavering PE and Sport Programme with such passion.
“We believe that the drive to compete and excel in sport, encouraged throughout the school, helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel in all aspects of school life. Most of all, we believe that the Clavering PE and Sport Programme helps our children to develop into well-rounded and successful individuals.”
As well as traditional sports, the school offers outdoor adventure sports such as water-sports where the children enjoy regular trips to beauty-spots such as Lake Windermere.
Sports superstar Dylan Braithwaite, 11, said: “Sport at Clavering hasn’t just helped me to get fitter and healthier- it has also taught me lots of transferrable skills, like leadership, cooperation, teamwork, determination and respect and has made me a lot more confident as a person. Sport has allowed me to enjoy success in a variety of different sports and competitions.”
Sophie Crowther, also 11, added: “I have achieved so much through the sport programme, from climbing up waterfalls and paddling the length of Windermere to representing my school in over 10 different sports and also the town in four different Tees Valley Finals.
“These memories will stay with me forever!”
Richard Evans, an awards coordinator with the Community Education Awards, said: ““What really impressed the judges was the fact that every child now at Clavering Primary School now takes part in some form of sport or dance which is important in both the pupils’ academic and physical development- well done.”