Sunday, 24 June 2018

School awarded for getting pupils involved in sport

WOODCOTE Primary School has received an award for encouraging pupils to be more involved in

WOODCOTE Primary School has received an award for encouraging pupils to be more involved in sport.

It has been awarded silver in the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark scheme, which it entered for the first time this year.

Pupils and staff were aiming for a bronze but judges said they had reached a higher standard.

To win, teachers had to prove children took part in a range of extracurricular sports and often played against other schools.

In the two years since Liz Hunt took over as headteacher the Reading Road school has launched several morning, lunchtime and after-school clubs.

Pupils now take part in athletics, cricket, cross-country, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate, netball, swimming, tag rugby and tennis.

About half also play for village sports clubs in their spare time or take part in activities such as cubs and brownies. The school hasbeen given a certificate and a banner to display outside.

Governor Helena McBride said: “We’ve really been focusing on expanding sport because it’s so important for children.

“Liz has introduced so many new activities and we entered the Games Mark scheme because we wanted to be recognised for that.

“We expected to get a bronze but when the judges saw what was on offer they said we were at a much higher standard.”

Sports teacher Pippa Bodeker said: “I was ecstatic when we got the result — it was very exciting and has set the bar high for next year.

“The pupils were delighted when they heard the news because they’ve all helped towards it in some way.

“It has really boosted their confidence because they’ve seen what they can achieve when they regularly practise a new skill.”

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