IT’s A GOLD
We are proud to announce we have achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark Gold Award for its dedication to physical education.
The award was given following a thorough assessment of the school’s provision against a series of requirements by Cannock and Rugeley School Games Organiser Anthony Bunn. The award is a government led scheme to promote school sport following the substantial funding given to all schools under the ‘Sports Premium’ Initiative and is now an OFSTED requirement.
To gain the award, the school had to make sure all children were taking part in at least two hours of PE per week, as well as attending as many after-school clubs as possible.
A special group of Year 5 and 6 pupils have been trained as Sports Ambassadors to lead smaller groups of younger children, to ensure they were active at playtimes and lunchtimes and arranged games and activities for them to take part in. additionally sports captains from Year 6 regularly discuss sports provision and future wishes providing a pupil voice.
Following a succesful application to ‘Awards for All’ Redhill have recently been awarded £10,000. This will enable children to take part in a range of extra sports out of school hours and participate in a range of festivals, tournaments and enrichment activities many run in collaboration with West Bromwich Albion Foundation and Progressive Sports. One of the only schools in the area to offer this opportunity for its children.
We have taken part in numerous sporting competitions against other schools in football, netball, athletics, tag rugby, kwik cricket and dodgeball to name but a few. The netball team were crowned local champions before the summer holidays with success coming in other sports too. The school also play regular games and matches in all sports to ensure as many children as possible get the opportunity to represent the school.
Children at Redhill are given the opportunity to experience professional sport to develop their knowledge and enjoyment at every opportunity. Opportunities have been arranged for groups of children have been to see professional rugby played at Worcester Warriors and play on the pitch, athletics at Alexandra Stadium, Birmingham and football matches at Old Trafford, West Bromwich Albion and acting as ball boys and
girls for Walsall. On Saturday approximately 40 pupils will be travelling to Wembley to see England take on Malta.
Specialist coaches and teachers regularly come into school to help teach children sport-specific skills, such as football, basketball, rugby, dance, gymnastics, tennis, netball, athletics, multi-skills and many more along with working with classes and groups, train staff and run extra clubs to enhance provision even further.
Less active children are encouraged to participate in extra sport, and a sports day is held so that children and parents could celebrate and compete.
P.E Co-ordinator at Redhill, Paul Mobberley commented “At Redhill our children are encouraged to enjoy all types of sporting activities both as part of the curriculum and as extra curricular activities. Excellence in sport is celebrated but a willingness to take part and having fun is equally important. We want our children to love sport and to maintain that love throughout their lives. We put a huge amount of time and effort into making sure that children are educated to stay fit and healthy. To receive an award like this means that we are doing what is right. We want to continue the high standards we have set ourselves to ensure that every child who comes to our school has the opportunity to try many different sports, have fun and learn about staying healthy.”