Golden year of Sport at William Barnes

For the second year in succession the children, staff and governors at William Barnes have been extremely proud to receive the Gold mark for school competitive sport.

This government backed award requires schools to meet a range of exacting standards in its provision of physcial education allowing all children to meet their sporting potential.  

Before breaking up for the Summer holidays, Mr Hull, Mrs Quincey and Mr Newman, who make up the PE team, pulled together evidence in various areas before submitting their application. Key areas assessed included the amount of time children spend taking part in sport, the range of after school clubs, the use of professional coaches, links with local sports clubs, the opportunities for children to show leadership in sport, the support for children with special needs, competitive sport in school and between other schools and encouragement for children who are less active and highly able.  The evidence was evaluated at a national level and schools can be awarded either Bronze, Silver or Gold marks.

The second successive year of Gold level provision at the school manifested in some brilliant developments last year.  For example, the school's House PE competition ended with a superb finale during the new look Sports day.  Our school teams had a brilliant year, particularly at the cross country, area athletics and aquathon events.  More children than ever helped organise PE lessons, the sports ambassadors from year 6 were brilliant and more children than ever before took part in after school clubs.  However, staff will not be resting on their laurels and are already drawing up plans to improve provision even further, particularly in light of continued government funding support for school sport.