Uplands Manor Primary School is the largest primary school in the known universe – The Guinness Book of Records may not hand out an award for such an achievement, but that’s only because there would be one name on the trophy year in year out. Trust me, it’s impressively huge.
When I arrived at one of the two school receptions, I was simultaneously impressed and perplexed to learn that the award ceremony was to be held in the “middle floor hall”. My eyes widened, as this meant that the multi-storey school was evidently equipped with enough floors and halls to require such distinctions to be made!
I was introduced to Debbie Climpson, who had nominated the school for Outstanding Sports Project Award following a successful campaign titled “Sport For All”, which aimed to break down barriers within the school and the community with regards to disabled sports.
Debbie told me that only 800 of the school’s pupils would be in attendance, and that she was very sorry but over 200 pupils would not be able to make it – I have genuinely forgotten the reason as to why over 200 children could not attend, as I was reeling from discovering that I was about to present an award in front of more children than I have seen in my entire life.
After the children had entered the hall, there were speeches from the Head Teacher and various other special guests, including the mayor and a representative from West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
I was delighted to present the award to a pupil who had been directly involved in the project, and we shook hands to the loudest and most deserving applause I have ever witnessed!
The school samba band also made an appearance – many thanks to the members of the band for giving us all something extra to tell our friends and family about! What a treat!
Congratulations once again to Uplands Manor from everyone here at the Community Education Awards.