Hartlepool school takes gold award for sports

Clavering School in Hartlepool is celebrating success after taking home a gold award for sports.

Clavering School in Hartlepool is celebrating success after taking home a gold award for sports.

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Children and staff at a Hartlepool school have struck gold.

Clavering Primary School is celebrating another gold achievement for its award-winning Clavering PE and Sport Programme.

It was the first school in the town to achieve the Gold Standard of the School Games Mark last year, and has been awarded it again.

The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark was created by the Department of Culture, Media, and rewards schools for their commitment to competition, school sport and physical education.

The gold mark acknowledges a school as being a ‘beacon of sporting excellence’.

Headteacher Helen O’Brien, said the programme – led by deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy – continues to go from strength to strength.

She said: “We were very confident that our reaccreditation would see us being awarded gold again and we are delighted to be increasingly working with other schools to help them develop their School Games’ programmes.”

Mr McAvoy said: “Achieving the highest level of the School Games Mark is testimony to the tremendous work that goes on at Clavering in PE lessons and extra-curricular school sport.

“We are fortunate to have staff members and families who understand and appreciate the benefits of the Clavering PE and Sport Programme’ in terms of both sporting achievement and also the successful ethos of the school as a whole.

“In addition, we are blessed with amazing children right across the school who have a tremendous appetite for what we offer in our PE curriculum.”

Mr McAvoy has now been asked to join the Headteacher Ambassador Network within the Youth Sport Trust.