Burton Road Primary School has been awarded status as a Centre of Excellence for Physical Activity, by Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF).
It has achieved the status in the ‘Events and Visits’ category, one of seven categories aligned to the pioneering Creating Active Schools framework that was devised in Yorkshire in summer 2018. Burton Road Primary are just the second school in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire to be awarded the status since YSF revamped the scheme at the beginning of the academic year.
Burton Road Primary created a competition and activity package for local schools that helped to bring together pupils from other schools in the area, allowing them to meet and form relationships before beginning secondary school education.
The school has always been a part of local competition, and insight told them that the pandemic had a major effect on mental health, social skills and academic ability. Some of the companies that delivered competition in the past struggled during the pandemic, leading local schools to approach Burton Road Primary School to create opportunities.
The school has benefitted from a partnership with Reds in the Community, and support staff in other schools with face-to-face training, online support and opportunities to come together to reflect on competitions and plan future events. The network ensures that by sharing resources, ideas and equipment, they provide the best for pupils in all the schools involved.
Matthew Harris, Headteacher at Burton Road Primary, said: “We are delighted to receive recognition for our sporting excellence. As a school we have had a long-term commitment to a breadth of sporting opportunities as we believe that is profound effect on children’s life chances, well-being and attainment.
“I would like to thank Mr Hawksworth for all his passion, dedication and commitment in taking our sports offer to the next level and facilitating this achievement.”
“We are extremely happy to receive our recognised status as a Centre of Excellence for Events and Visits,” said Andy Hawksworth, Sports Coach at Burton Road Primary.
“I am really proud of the work we have done on developing a high quality sporting provision, not just for our school but for a high number of local primary schools in Barnsley. It’s great to be recognised for all the hard work all the staff have put in to give our children a positive experience. As always, we will continue to strive to provide our children with a variety of sporting opportunities, and hopefully each child will find a sport that they enjoy and can continue outside of school.”
Alex Ogden, PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, added: “Burton Road Primary School are a fantastic example of what can be provided for pupils when schools work together to identify a common need and commit to providing a solution together.
“Identifying that there was a gap for competitive opportunities is one thing, but to take the lead to the extent they have done is testament to the expertise, passion and hard work of the headteacher and school staff. The changes made at policy level have been crucial in allowing pupils to access these sporting events during curriculum time each week and it’s clear that these consistent, engaging and positive experiences are having a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of pupils throughout the school.
“Events and Visits is one of the seven physical activity opportunity areas within the Creating Active Schools Framework and I’d like to congratulate everyone at Burton Road Primary for achieving Centre of Excellence status.”