Three Consecutive PE Gold Mark Awards for William Barnes

The staff and children at William Barnes were delighted to receive the news in early September that the school had been awarded the Gold Mark for PE for the third consecutive year. 

This national scheme recognises excellence in the provision of competitive sport in primary education by challenging schools to meet a number of exacting criteria. The bi-weekly ‘15-minute run’, ‘wake and shake, the school’s ‘active curriculum’, year 6 sports ambassadors, our use of coaches, ourin-school House competition, House captains, weekly PE leaders, the variety of after school sports clubs and the opportunities to compete against other schools have all contributed to the school’s successful application this year.  In addition, all children have been encouraged to develop their own personal bests in both the 600m cross country races and in the ‘15 minute’ run, a new-criteria for 2017/2018.

Parents will have noticed further improvements to PE provision this Autumn as a record-breaking number of sports clubs are now on offer.  Children in KS2 can attend a different sports club every night of the week.  At present clubs on offer are Monday – netball, Tuesday – football, Wednesday – Tag rugby, Thursday – dance and handball, Friday – basketball and hockey.

Mr Hull has taken a back seat from PE this year as Mr Newman has been given the opportunity to lead the school’s sporting provision.  Mr Hull would like to thank all the staff and children for the hard work they have put in to ensure that the school has received this prestigious award for the third year running in what has very much been a team effort.