A Much Wenlock school has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.
William Brookes School was one of only 20 secondary maintained comprehensive schools in the country to receive the School Games Platinum Award. The Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government-led awards scheme launched in 2012, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.
To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions, and reaching out to target groups including those identified as the school’s least active pupils.
The school’s head Geoff Renwick says, “I am very proud of the high priority our staff, students and parents place on sport, leisure and health at our school.”