Sports award sparks a golden era at Ellesmere

Ellesmere Primary School have struck gold thanks to their dedication to getting children active.

Last year the school, in Elson Road, was awarded the bronze School Games Mark, a government scheme aimed at recognising schools’ commitment to supporting pupils in sport.

PE teacher Gemma Vaughan was hoping to stride forward and land silver this time around.

But Ellesmere upped its game to brilliantly and they have been handed the gold standard.

Miss Vaughan said: “Last year was the first time we had applied for a School Games Mark, and we achieved bronze.

“We were aiming for silver this year, but managed to get gold because the judges were so impressed with the provision in place for both active and inactive children.

“We make sure all our children have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, and we have numerous coaches, host sporting masterclasses and hold assemblies promoting local clubs.

“The gold award has recognised our commitment to all children, and our ability to nurture and develop talented athletes.

“We are delighted, and now we aim to win gold again for the next three years, which would earn us platinum status.”

To meet the criteria needed to get gold, more than 70% of pupils had to participate in lunchtime and after-school clubs each term.

Miss Vaughan added: “We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication, including young volunteers, leaders and sports council members for supporting and running a number of events this year.”

Ellesmere Primary is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which runs a number of academies across Shropshire and Cheshire.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, believes sport is a great way to raise confidence, improve fitness and encourage teamwork.

He said: “We operate PE programmes across all our academies which ensure all children can compete in some form of sport.

“All children are recognised for participating, and, with the extra opportunities they are given to shine, we see them grow in confidence which can help them in all aspects of school life.”