Berwick school receives national sports accolade
Berwick Middle School is one of only 104 schools in England to receive the special School Games Platinum Award.
The new national award is for a school making a commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.
Close to 9,000 schools applied this year, which just over the top one per cent meeting the grade.
The award is part of the School Games Mark, a government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust.
The aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.
Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress.
The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools which had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Applications are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards.
To achieve the gold award, a school must engage a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils.
Derryth Hope, headteacher said: “We have a long-standing tradition of sport at Berwick Middle School and we are proud of our pupils’ competitive ambitions and achievements. This award is a great recognition of the commitment of all the staff who work to engage our pupils in a range of sports and who take the time to attend all the regular fixtures and competitions to support our teams.”
Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “The new PlatinumAward gives these exemplary schools the recognition they deserve. We are extremely proud of all our award winners for the passion which they have shown towards the School Games and their dedication to providing opportunities for all young people to take part in competitive school sport. Schools like Berwick Middle School are really leading the way.”