Ambitious Rudheath Senior Academy aces government sports award

Rudheath Senior Academy’s drive to get children active has been rewarded with a prestigious Bronze in the government’s School Games Mark scheme.

The Middlewich Road school received the award in recognition of its extra efforts to get children active and involved in a wide variety of sports.

Head of PE Richard Russell said: “The reason we have achieved Bronze Mark this year is that, in addition to the extensive and inclusive extra-curricular sporting calendar, every pupil across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 now has two hours of curriculum PE on their timetable, which is not the case at many secondary schools.

“We believe it is important to develop the ‘whole’ child and sport recognises the physical, mental and social benefits of being active.”

And there are plans to further expand sporting provision at the school, which joined North West Academies Trust in November.

Mr Russell added: “This year we are focused on ‘fitness comes first’. Each pupil’s fitness will be monitored and they will have a bespoke ‘Personal Challenge Target’ based on their fitness assessment. They’ve really bought into it and the results are promising.

“In addition to this, the plan is ‘more students, more active, more often’. This means more lunchtime and afterschool clubs and more opportunities to be physically, mentally and socially active.

“To further motivate pupils to try something new we are also investing in new equipment and adding clubs such as boxing and boxercise.”

Tom Freeman, PE teacher at Delamere Academy, is lending support one day a week to further bolster sporting provision. He guided Delamere to Platinum status in the School Games Mark scheme.

Ex-British Lion, Phil Greening, who is Sports Ambassador for NWAT schools, has also been working with the school.

Mr Greening, who is coach to the USA Rugby Sevens team and founder of The Athlete Factory, in Chester, said: “It’s great to work with a trust that recognises the importance of being active, and works hard to ensure all children get to compete some form of sport.

“The extra opportunities help them to grow in confidence, which improves all aspects of school life.”

  • Prospective parents can make an appointment to look aroundRudheath Senior Academy throughout October. Email: or tel: 01606 42515.
  • An international Rugby Sevens Tournament, hosted by Phil Greening, takes place at Chester Rugby Club on Friday, October 25 (2pm), and Saturday, October 26 (11am). Tickets are on sale via Free entry for children.