School children are good sports with national award

A Cambridgeshire school has shown its a true champion by scooping a top award for its work in engaging pupils in PE, school sport and physical activity.

Westfield Junior School, in St Ives, has received the Platinum Award in the School Games Mark, which is recognition for schools with a high number of pupils participating in sports, especially children who would not normally undertake physical activity.

To achieve Platinum, the school has to consistently submit gold level applications, the highest level of sports engagement, and has to engage children who would not usually be involved in extra-curricular activities.

All of the school’s 350 children have taken part  in the Golden Mile, which involves walking, jogging or running a mile around a school track, while many pupils are involved in school teams in a range of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, athletics, gymnastics, cricket and tennis.

The school runs many sporting competitions and also has close links with local sports clubs, including St Ives Rugby Club and the Hunts School Sports Partnership, which supports schools to deliver high quality PE.

Ben Austin, the school’s deputy Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to receive the award and feel that it is justified for all the hard work that the staff, pupils and the Hunts School Sports Partnership has put in over the last five years.”

In total, the school regularly has at least 175 pupils involved in extra-curricular activities, 50 per cent of pupils.

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