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Plymouth High School Achieves ‘School Games Gold Mark’ Award

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2016

Plymouth High School Achieves ‘School Games Gold Mark’ Award

The PE Department at Plymouth High School for Girls have been celebrating this week after being awarded the 'School Games Gold Mark' Award. The ‘School Games Mark’ is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. The award is only awarded to 4% of secondary schools across the country so it  is a real achievement for the school.

The Award reflects excellence in the PE curriculum including the quantity of high-quality PE lessons students receive each week; the amount of children participating in extra-curricular sporting activity each week; the support provided for talented young sports people and less active children and the number of competitive events the school enters each year.

This is an incredible achievement for the school which prides itself in promoting healthy lifestyles to ensure success and well being for all. Kelly Barrett, Head of PE is extremely proud of her department and students in this achievement stating ''There have been a number of factors that have allowed us to be successful in achieving the Gold Mark Award this year. Firstly, half of our students take part in some form of extra-curricular activity, whether that be coming to clubs or representing their house in sporting competitions. Secondly, over the last few years, our students have taken part in a greater number of inter and intra-school competitions with the entry of B and C teams so that students of all abilities have the opportunity to complete against other schools. Thirdly, our links with community clubs has allowed us to deliver a fencing and netball satellite club thanks to funding from Active Devon and Premier League 4 Sport. All of this could not have been achieved if it were not for the dedication of the PE staff here at PHSG, the coaches from local sports clubs as well as having access to the excellent facilities around Plymouth.'

These words are echoed by Mary Utton, Headteacher: 'Plymouth High School for Girls is a school that ensures we prepare all students for life: this includes a healthy lifestyle which will ensure that all can achieve their best. I am extremely proud of the work of the department and students who fully deserve this accolade.'