29 local schools in the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge districts have gained their School Games Mark this year.
The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels:
Level 1: Intra-school competition – sporting competition for all students held within the school
Level 2: Inter-school competition – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools against other local schools, with the winning team progressing to a School Games Festival
Level 3: School Games Festival – regional or countywide festivals and competitions are usually held twice a year to find the best performers in the area
Level 4: National multi-sport event – the 2015 School Games saw 1,600 of the most talented young people in the UK selected to compete.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition and good practice of PE and school sport across their school and into the community.
Registered schools can apply annually through a short application form which will be marked by their local School Games Organiser (SGO). Their application will be graded as either bronze, silver, or gold. Those schools which consistently achieve the gold award will also be offered the opportunity to upgrade this to platinum.
Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics:
• Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
• Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
• Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
• Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
GOLD – 14 schools:
• Amherst School, Sevenoaks
• Chiddingstone CofE Primary School
• Hildenborough CofE Primary School
• Ightham Primary School
• Knole Academy, Sevenoaks
• Lady Boswell’s CofE Primary School
• Sevenoaks Primary School
• Shoreham Village School
• St John’s CofE Primary School
• St Lawrence CofE Primary School
• St Margaret Clitherow
• Stocks Green CofE Primary School
• Valence School, Westerham
• Woodlands CofE Primary School
SILVER – 9 schools:
• Chevening, St Botolph’s CofE Primary School
• Hadlow CofE Primary School
• Horsmonden CofE Primary School
• Ide Hill CofE Primary School
• Otford Primary School
• Sundridge and Brasted CofE Primary School
• Sussex Road CofE Primary School
• The Anthony Roper Primary School
• Yalding-St Peter and St Paul C of E
BRONZE – 6 schools:
• Borough Green Primary School
• Churchill CofE Primary School
• Edenbridge CofE Primary School
• Fordcombe CofE Primary School
• Platt CofE Primary School
• Slade CofE Primary School
Congratulations to all the schools on their School Games Mark and continued good work and dedication to PE and school sports!