Berwick Middle School has been awarded the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Quality Mark with distinction.
Head teacher Derryth Hope said: “As a school we feel that sport has a huge part to play in teaching children skills such as teamwork, co-operation, negotiation and giving and receiving feedback.
“However, with so much in the media about the increase in lifestyle related illness, we also feel that PE is more than just getting children to take part in a lesson; it is also about helping them to understand the importance of regular activity as a part of their everyday life. This award recognises that.”
Teacher Suzie McCreath co-ordinated the visit by the AfPE, the national body which promotes and supports quality PE in schools.
Mrs Hope praised the efforts of staff, parents and pupils.
She said: “Suzie McCreath worked very hard to co-ordinate the paperwork and the visit, but this couldn’t have been achieved without the hard-work and commitment of all of the staff who readily organise and lead activities, fixtures, practices and trips.
“However, it also reflects brilliantly on the commitment and skills of our young people who take part in all these events with such enthusiasm, not to mention our dedicated team of parents who regularly provide help, refreshments and an endless out of hours taxi service!
AfPE have been recognising and celebrating good practice in schools since 2012 with a quality mark award. The award can be given at one of two levels; Award or award with Distinction.
The process involved the completion of a self-evaluation of our own practice which was submitted prior to a visit to by a member of AfPE to moderate our paperwork.
During the visit lessons were observed and staff and students were spoken to as well as analysis of the attendance of our extra-curricular clubs.