A few weeks ago, we announced the nine winners of our Active School Awards 2021.
The Active School Awards recognised how schools across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire kept physical education, school sport and physical activity at the heart of school life during the last 12 months. There were nine district winners from across the two counties, with two overall county winners.
The district winners were chosen by our PE, school sport and physical activity team, with a panel including Sue Wilkinson MBE, Chief Executive of the Association for Physical Education, choosing the overall county winners.
Here, we take a look at the winning schools from South Yorkshire.
Oakhill Primary Academy – South Yorkshire and Barnsley winner
Oakhill were praised by the panel for consulting with pupils about their PE, school sport and physical activity provision, and demonstrated “outstanding practice” by implementing physical activity across multiple subjects in the curriculum.
A wide range of opportunities to be active have been taken up by the school, including taking part in Beat the Street, while the panel also acknowledged how the school increased its provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, who have been among the most affected by the impact of Covid-19. The school created a 5k running challenge that used a QR code to not only engage pupils, but parents, carers and staff. In addition, every child in the school was sent a skipping rope so they could participate in a skipping challenge against other schools in the area.
Hill Top Primary Academy – Doncaster winner
In choosing Hill Top Academy as the district winner for Doncaster, Yorkshire Sport Foundation praised the school for their innovative approach to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The school developed a number of activities for pupils which included yoga, bike lessons and healthy eating discussions, all of which were tailored to the curriculum. The activities were put in place to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and negative behaviours, as well as to improve sleep, self-esteem and bring about self-awareness and empathy for others.
Additionally, the school created links with local community clubs so pupils had the opportunity to continue activities outside of school. With the support of parents, the school credits these initiatives as integral to children remaining positive throughout the pandemic, providing support for their wider health and wellbeing both inside and outside of the classroom.
Anston Greenlands – Rotherham winners
In naming Anston Greenlands Primary School the district winner for Rotherham, Yorkshire Sport Foundation praised the school for their use of sport and physical activity to support pupils in response to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This included pupils in the school voting for their peers in year 6 to be sports leaders. The sports leaders were responsible for organising sporting events and opportunities for pupils to take part in. The school also provided PE and sport challenges on their YouTube channel, something that was created in response to the needs of lockdown learning. Challenges often involved the whole family, with the school receiving countless pictures and emails from families sharing their enjoyment of the activities. Challenges included the Family Chicken Run Easter Challenge, Street sign selfie challenge, Santa Dash and Bubble foot golf.
Mundella Primary School – Sheffield winners
In naming Mundella Primary School the district winner, Yorkshire Sport Foundation praised the schools willingness to continually adapt the curriculum to ensure students have the opportunity to take part in a wider variety of sports.
During the last year, Mundella Primary School created virtual competitions and put a specific focus on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities with superhero games to encourage physical activity.