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Frances Bardsley Academy proud to pick up prestigious platinum award for sport

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 January 2018

Year 10 pupils celebrate Frances Bardsley's platinum award

Year 10 pupils celebrate Frances Bardsley's platinum award

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Frances Bardsley Academy has been celebrating after becoming one of the first schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.

The Romford school was one of only 104 in the country to receive the special School Games Platinum award, part of a government-led scheme launched in 2012 and administered by the Youth Sport Trust.

The charity had close to 9,000 applicants this year and aims to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.

Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress.

The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport.

Applications are only open to schools with five successive gold awards, for which they must meet a certain set of criteria, including engaging a high percentage of young people in curricular and extra-curricular activities, participating in a minimum number of different sports competitions and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers and those identified as least-active pupils.

Head Julian Dutnall said: “I am delighted that we are one of the first schools in the country to receive this prestigious award.

“We continue to offer a huge range of sporting opportunities for all students. Participating in sport offers incredibly valuable life lessons such as teamwork, perseverance and focus. This is an award our PE department, students and parents can really celebrate”

Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, added: “We are pleased to introduce the new Platinum Award this year to give exemplary schools recognition they deserve.

“We’re extremely proud of all award winners for the passion shown towards School Games and their dedication to providing opportunities for all young people to take part in competitive school sport. Schools like Frances Bardsley Academy are really leading the way.”

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