PUPILS and staff at a Hartlepool school are celebrating after they achieved a gold standard in sport.
Owton Manor Primary, in Eskdale Road, has been awarded a Gold Mark for the Sainsbury’s School Games – a Government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the mark, and Owton Manor has come out with the top grading.
The school was praised for the work done to promote, encourage and support children to be active.
Tracey Ward, PE co-ordinator at the school, said: “In the holidays, Owton Manor Primary received a Gold Mark for the Sainsbury’s school games and we are all very proud of our achievements.”
The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University was contracted by Sport England to conduct an independent validation on 300 schools, including Owton Manor.
Their report said: “Based on the mark application submitted, the school was in line to receive a silver award.
“However it was clear from the evidence provided that the school has met and, in many cases, exceeded the levels required for a gold standard award.
“All pupils in the school are provided with two hours of physical education and school sport per week – in curriculum time alone.
“Furthermore, 60 per cent of pupils are also engaged in extra-curricular sporting activity in an average week.
“The school also offers talented young sports people specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential, highlighted by evidence of a strong, gifted and talented programme.
“One student has received a basketball scholarship and extra clubs are provided for those students identified as gifted and talented.”
A weekly award is also given to the sports person of the week.