CLAVERING ACHIEVES GOLD ... again and again and again!
Clavering pupils 'are rightly proud of their sporting successes.' (Ofsted 2014)
Many thanks to Mr Iain Wright MP who joined us during our special 'Double Gold Mark Assembly' the first time that we were awarded the GOLD standard of the ‘Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark’ and the GOLD standard of the ‘School Games Mark’.
CLAVERING GOLD: ‘SCHOOL GAMES MARK’
We are very proud that Clavering
The ‘School Games Mark’ was created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. The Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education. To achieve GOLD acknowledges Clavering as being a ‘beacon of sporting excellence’.
Achieving the highest level of the ‘School Games Mark’ is testimony to the tremendous work that goes on at Clavering in PE lessons and in extra-curricular school sport. We are fortunate to have staff members and families who understand and appreciate the benefits of the ‘Clavering
CLAVERING GOLD: ‘YOUTH SPORT TRUST QUALITY MARK’
We are very proud to have achieved and renewed the GOLD standard of the ‘Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark’. We are a ‘full primary member’ of the Youth Sport Trust and we use the Quality Mark as a self-review tool to assess and review the outcomes of the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’.
The 'Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark' allows us to evaluate our provision and outcomes in physical education, school sport and physical activity against national standards.
Our current outcomes are:
- High quality Physical Education (PE): GOLD
- High quality school sport and physical activity: GOLD
- Using high quality school sport and PE as a catalyst for learning: GOLD
Our most recent reaccreditation was assessed by Lisa Yates who, at the times, was the YST Development Manager for England East. She commented on how, ‘it is clear to see that both PE and School Sport are valued by staff and pupils at Clavering and are making a difference to the lives of your young people. A highlight of my visit was spending time with some of your Year 6 students; they spoke about their PE and sport experiences with real enthusiasm and pride which was lovely to hear. The children had a great confidence about them and an understanding that their involvement in sport leads to numerous health benefits and development of life skills.’
We are fortunate that the whole Clavering Family supports our vision for PE, sport and physical activity and one of the areas that our Youth Sport Trust assessments has always been most impressed with is how the 'Clavering PESSPA Programme' is focused on every Clavering child, not just our elite sports superstars.
CLAVERING GOLD: ‘COMMUNITY EDUCATION AWARDS WINNER’
We were delighted and honoured to win the 'Outstanding Sports Category' of the 'Community Education Awards', beating over 2,500 entries nationally!
During a special assembly, the school was presented with the winners’ trophy and certificate by Kevin Daly (UK Project Director for the Community Education Awards). We were also joined by a delighted Iain Wright MP, Cllr Paul Beck and Cllr Rob Cook who were all incredibly proud of the school’s achievement. Mr Wright said that our programme was 'the best in the town' and Mr Daly spoke at great length about how the 'Clavering PESSPA Programme' clearly has helped to develop a rich variety of skills and attributes in our children.
Backed by their ambassador Dame Esther Rantzen, the 'Community Education Awards' are an annual celebration and recognition of schools’ efforts to help children and young people become responsible community members. The awarding panel were particularly impressed by how the ‘Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Programme’ has had a wide and far-reaching impact in school, locally and nationally.
CLAVERING GOLD: GIRLS ACTIVE
At Clavering Primary School, we believe that healthy, active children achieve more and that this assertion is as true for our girls as it is our boys. As a school, we have specifically looked at our girls’ participation in and enjoyment of PE, school sport and physical activity and we are honoured to be one of only a handful of primary schools in the country to be awarded 'Girls Active' status by the Youth Sport Trust.
'Girls Active' offers a simple flexible action planning framework to help teachers and girls work together to address their individual needs. The main objective of 'Girls Active' is to help teachers and (normally) secondary school girls understand what motivates them to take part in PE, sport and physical activity; developing an action plan based on their feedback on how it should be delivered. In addition, some of the girls become role models within their school, setting up leadership groups which focus on how they could make PE and physical activity more appealing to their peers.
At Clavering, our girls are as equally involved and successful in PE and sport as our boys. 100% of our girls participate in at least two hours of PE, the vast majority of our girls participate in extra-curricular sport, 100% of our girls participate in intra-school sport, the vast majority of our girls participate in inter-school sport (in mixed and/or girls-only competitions), the vast majority of our girls participate in our progressively challenging Key Stage 2 residentials, and at least 50% of the members of our School Games Organising Crew and Year 6 Sports Leaders Team are female. We also specifically engage with female students to analyse and evaluate the success of the 'Clavering PESSPA Programme'.
Although we are delighted by the success and engagement of our girls in PE, school sport and physical activity, we are painfully aware of the national statistics surrounding teenage girls.
We are using our 'Girls Active' status to (at an age appropriate level):
- tackle the negative attitude that girls too often have about their body image;
- improve their attitude to PE and sport; and
- help make PE and sport more relevant to our girls’ lives.
We have many positive role models – both pupils and staff members – within school and we have followed advice from leading research about how to encourage girls to be more active and enjoy PE and school sport:
- having a genuine choice of activities;
- having girls-only sessions;
- including more friendly competitions and fun;
- ensuring teachers are positive and encouraging;
- changing boys’ attitudes to girls in sport; and
- increasing girls’ confidence.
We are very proud of the success of our girls – at all ability levels – in PE and school sport and we hope that they will continue to lead healthy, active and successful lives when they leave us, bucking the trend identified by all research in this area.
CLAVERING GOLD: #WECANPLAY NATIONAL WIN
We were very excited to win a national competition linked to our commitment to promoting girls’ participation in PE and sport, particularly girls' football, through the #WeCanPlay initiative. The main prize for winning the competition was a visit from Manchester City WFC player and England international Lucy Bronze. It was such an amazing day!
'I had a great day in Hartlepool; so many girls excited to be out playing football. It was something that I didn't have growing up, but it's so good to be able to go to these schools with so many girls playing and see for myself how much girls' football is growing' (Lucy Bronze, MCWFC and England)
During Lucy's visit, eighty KS2 girls travelled to 'The Sports Domes' in Seaton to participate in a special Clavering