A huge well done goes to Thorpe Primary on achieving the Platinum Schools Games Award. We spoke to Courtenay Cowperthwaite, Assistant Head, about the work that was involved across the school:
‘At Thorpe Primary we have used our Sports premium funding to ensure that all groups of children are able to access out of school hours learning and that the number of children taking part has increased, carefully targeting specific children for out of hours clubs and competitive opportunities. We want all children to enjoy PE and access sports and activities which they would not usually have the opportunities to take part in.
We have successfully been awarded the gold award for the last four consecutive years and this year applied for the platinum level, with a case study to focus on the exit routes for our young people into community activities. We have over 70 children who are now engaging with out of school hours activity and competitive sport, who have been introduced through the links that we have in school. This includes, football, girls rugby, triathlon, ball hockey, ice hockey, competitive swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, disability football, distance running and dance. This number does not include the children who attend other out of school physical activities which are not a result of direct links with school e.g, parents taking to swimming/gymnastics lessons or playing for other local football or rugby teams. A number of parents, community clubs, governors and external coaches were able to support us with our application in order for us to provide all the evidence that we needed.
Exit route opportunities is an area which I am really passionate about, as my own success in competitive swimming was as a result of a talent pathway during my time at Primary School.’