“As always, we must emphasise that, as delighted as we are with our sporting success, it is because of the wider benefits of PE and sport that we prioritise our Clavering PE and Sport Programme with such passion.
“We believe that the drive to compete and excel in sport, encouraged throughout the school, helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel in all aspects of school life. Most of all, we believe that the Clavering PE and Sport Programme helps our children to develop into well-rounded and successful individuals.”
As well as traditional sports, the school offers outdoor adventure sports such as water-sports where the children enjoy regular trips to beauty-spots such as Lake Windermere.
Sports superstar Dylan Braithwaite, 11, said: “Sport at Clavering hasn’t just helped me to get fitter and healthier- it has also taught me lots of transferrable skills, like leadership, cooperation, teamwork, determination and respect and has made me a lot more confident as a person. Sport has allowed me to enjoy success in a variety of different sports and competitions.”
Sophie Crowther, also 11, added: “I have achieved so much through the sport programme, from climbing up waterfalls and paddling the length of Lake Windermere to representing my school in over 10 different sports and also the town in four different Tees Valley Finals. These memories will stay with me forever!”
Kelly Griffiths organiser of the Community Education Awards, congratulated the school on their success.
“There is nothing more important than the health of school children, so to encourage sport for all children to participate in is amazing.
“What really impressed the judges was the fact that every child now at Clavering Primary School now takes part in some form of sport or dance which is important in both the pupils’ academic and physical development- well done.”