School beats thousands to win national competition

Macy Thornton and Oscar Wake with the trophy and certificate.
Macy Thornton and Oscar Wake with the trophy and certificate.

Children, staff, families and governors at a Hartlepool school are jumping for joy having won a prestigious award in a nationwide competition.

Clavering Primary School beat more than 2,000 entries to be shortlisted in the finals of this year’s national Community Education Awards – and they have now found out they have won for their ‘Clavering PE and Sport Programme’.

The school’s PE and Sport Programme gives pupils the opportunity to participate in about 20 different sports, plus dance and outdoor adventure activities, and compete for the school in at least 13 different sports. This year, nearly 200 children have competed for the school and Clavering has enjoyed outstanding success in cluster competitions, town finals and county finals.

During a special assembly, the school was presented with the winners’ trophy and certificate by Kevin Daly, UK project director for the Community Education Awards.

He was also joined by Iain Wight MP, Councillor Paul Beck, and Councillor Rob Cook, who were all incredibly proud of the school’s achievement.

Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, said: “It is a huge honour for every member of the Clavering Family to have won this prestigious award.

“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.”