Hartlepool pupils win gold for sporting achievements

Clavering pupils Sophie Crowther and Kyle Checksfield with deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy
Clavering pupils Sophie Crowther and Kyle Checksfield with deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy
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YOUNGSTERS at a town primary school are celebrating after landing a national award for their sporting achievements.

Clavering Primary School has just achieved a double gold, having been awarded the Gold standard of the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark on top of the Gold standard of the School Games Mark.

The Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark allows schools to evaluate their provision and outcomes in physical education, school sport and physical activity against national standards.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher at the Clavering Road school, is also the Youth Sport Trust Link reacher and led the school’s applications for both Quality Marks.

He is delighted with the accolades the school has been rewarded with.

He said: “The Clavering PE and Sport Programme is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence whilst also helping to develop the whole person and a culture of success within the school.

“We are fortunate that the whole Clavering Family supports our vision for PE, Sport and Physical Activity, and one of the areas that the Youth Sport Trust was most impressed with was how the Clavering PE and Sport Programme is focussed on every Clavering child, not just our elite sports superstars.”

All of Clavering’s pupils participate in the school’s intra-school competitive sport programme and the youngsters have the opportunity to study 19 different sports as well as dance and outdoor activities which are staged for them during term time.

Headteacher Helen O’Brien added: “Becoming the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded the School Games Gold Mark was a brilliant achievement.

“Now to be awarded the Gold Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark is further evidence of the quality of the Clavering PE and Sport Programme and I am delighted with the honour.”