Hartlepool school is up for a top national sports award

Year five Clavering sports stars Oscar and Macy. (awaiting sir names)
Year five Clavering sports stars Oscar and Macy. (awaiting sir names)
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Children, staff and governors at a Hartlepool school are keeping their fingers crossed as they wait to see if they win a prestigious national award.

Clavering Primary School has reached the last five from more than 2,000 entrants in this year’s Outstanding Sports Project Award.

We are in no doubt that the Clavering PE and sport programme is helping our pupils to excel both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Neil McAvoy, assistant headteacher

They are part of the national Community Education Awards, which recognise the work done in schools on social issues and efforts to help children and young people.

The school has been shortlisted because of its Clavering PE and sport programme.

Headteacher Helen O’Brien said: “We are committed to giving our pupils the chance to compete in sporting events and tournaments at cluster, town, regional and national level through the Clavering PE and sport programme, whilst striving to have an outstanding PE curriculum, promote physical activity for all, and ensure that all pupils are part of an established culture that promotes academic and sporting excellence.

“To be shortlisted for the final five – beating over 2,000 other entrants – shows how successful the programme is for our children.”

Assistant headteacher Neil McAvoy, who established the programme when joining the school in 2011, said: “Our Clavering elite sports stars have competed in Town Finals in 12 sports and Tees Valley Finals in six sports.

“This year, 100 per cent of our children have participated in our intra-school sport programme, and over 90 per of our Year 6 children have competed for Clavering in inter-school sport.

“The vast majority of our children participate in extra-curricular sport and well over 100 pupils have participated in our residential programme.

“We have found that our high sporting standards are reflected in the similarly high expectations in the classroom.

“We are in no doubt that the Clavering PE and sport programme is helping our pupils to excel both in the classroom and on the playing field.

“Whether we go on to win this award or not, everyone at Clavering should be incredibly proud of what we are achieving.”