Sports award for Barrs Court

December 22 2017

BARRS Court Primary School has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national school sport accolade.

BARRS Court Primary School has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national school sport accolade.

The award recognises the school's commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.

The school, in Stephens Drive, was one of only 104 schools in the whole country to receive the special School Games Platinum Award. 

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, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its 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 who 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 meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging 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. 

Ryan Walker, PE subject leader at Barrs Court, said: "PE and sport at Barrs Court has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. The children are dedicated to physical activity and are always looking for the next challenge.  The Platinum Award is a fitting tribute to all of their commitment and drive."

Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: "At a time when young people are becoming less healthy and less active, the School Games provides opportunities for millions across the country to participate in sport and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle both on and off the field. Schools like Barrs Court are really leading the way."

All Platinum Awards will be valid for two years and successful applicants will not be required to apply again in 2018. The school will have the opportunity to maintain their Platinum Award when next applying in summer 2019.