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Posted 25th June 2021

The winners of our Active School Awards 2021 have been announced.

Almost 50 schools were nominated for the awards, sharing with us the ways in which they had kept PE, school sport and physical activity at the heart of what they do during the last year. Our education and school sport team assessed all the nominations and chose nine winners – one for each district of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

We then invited an external panel to judge all nine winners, and select two overall county winners. The panel was: Sue Wilkinson (Chief Executive Officer, Association for Physical Education), Rebecca D’Arcy (Development Manager, Youth Sport Trust), Katy Rodgers (Development Manager, Youth Sport Trust), Dan Wilson (Director of Development, Yorkshire Sport Foundation), Charlie Crane (Senior Manager, Children and Young People, Sport England), Shania Boom (Research Assistant, University of Leeds).

Each school will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement.

The winners are:

South Yorkshire

County winner
Oakhill Primary School (Barnsley)

District winners
Barnsley – Oakhill Primary School
Doncaster – Hill Top Academy
Rotherham – Anston Greenlands
Sheffield – Mundella Primary School

West Yorkshire

County winner
New Road Primary (Calderdale)

District winners
Bradford – Burley and Woodhead
Calderdale – New Road Primary
Kirklees – Orchard Primary Academy
Leeds – Thorpe Primary
Wakefield – Middlestown Primary School

Alex Ogden, Education and School Sport Manager at YSF, said: “Congratulations to all nine schools for their achievement. The nominations we received were very strong across the board, and credit must go to so many schools for keeping PE, school sport and physical activity at the heart of what they do despite the challenges that the last year has presented to primary schools across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

“PE, school sport and physical activity can play a huge role in supporting children’s physical and mental wellbeing and we’ll continue to work hard to support more schools to embed these at the heart of their whole school practice and ethos.

“I’d like to thank all the schools for taking the time to submit nominations, and to our panel for helping us choose the overall county winners.” 

We’ll be profiling the reasons why each school was chosen as district winners in the coming weeks.

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