Pri­mary school strikes GOLD in sports awards

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Will Hen­shaw

A Cam­bus­lang school has been recog­nised with a pres­ti­gious na­tional award for in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment in de­liv­er­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar sport.

St Cadoc’s Pri­mary School has achieved a gold in the The School Sport Award. This is a na­tional ini­tia­tive that is de­signed to en­cour­age schools to con­tin­u­ously im­prove the qual­ity and quan­tity of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and school sport op­por­tu­ni­ties. Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary School in East Kil­bride was also hon­oured.

They also en­cour­age the sport­ing links be­tween schools and the com­mu­ni­ties around them.

There are cur­rently 82 Gold, 181 Sil­ver and 65 Bronze Schools across Scot­land.

Ann Marie McCon­nell, Head Teacher at St Cadoc’s Pri­mary School said: “We are de­lighted that St Cadoc’s Pri­mary School has achieved a Gold Sportscot­land award. We are the first pri­mary school in South La­nark­shire to achieve the Gold sports award and we are very proud of all the pupils, staff and sport­ing com­mu­nity who have worked hard to em­bed phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and health and well­be­ing at the heart of our school ethos.”

To achieve a bronze or sil­ver sportscot­land School Sport Award, schools self as­sess their cur­rent prac­tice. How­ever, to gain gold sta­tus an ex­ten­sive ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment is also car­ried out by an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts.

Through­out the as­sess­ment process schools are en­cour­aged to re­flect on cur­rent prac­tice and fo­cus on con­tin­ual im­prove­ment. Sup­port and guid­ance is avail­able to schools to help im­prove the qual­ity and quan­tity of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, and sport op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Stewart Harris, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of sportscot­land said: “I would like to con­grat­u­late all of the staff and pupils for putting qual­ity phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and school sport at the heart of the school. They should be proud of this fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.”

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