Golden time at Kip­pen Pri­mary

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Kip­pen Pri­mary Stir­ling has been recog­nised for its in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment in de­liv­er­ing school sport.

The sportscot­land gold school sport award was pre­sented to staff and pupils at the school.

Kip­pen Pri­mary is among 284 schools awarded gold sta­tus across the coun­try, a record num­ber and a jump of over a third from 2016-2017.

As part of the Na­tional Lot­tery funded pro­gramme, the sportscot­land school sport award is a na­tional ini­tia­tive de­signed to en­cour­age schools to con­tin­u­ously im­prove sport.

The award also en­cour­ages sport­ing links be­tween schools and the com­mu­ni­ties around them.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of sportscot­land Ste­wart Har­ris said: “Staff and pupils at Kip­pen Pri­mary should be proud of this achieve­ment.

“Not only have they put phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sport at the heart of their school and lo­cal com­mu­nity, but they have man­aged to do so in a way that en­cour­ages all pupils to en­gage in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity whilst hav­ing fun at the same time.”

There are now a record num­ber of schools in Scot­land that have earned an award.

In ad­di­tion to the 284 with gold, 307 schools have been awarded sil­ver and 82 bronze.

To achieve a bronze or sil­ver 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.

Kip­pen head Ca­role Lo­gan com­mented: “We be­lieve that phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and sport are im­por­tant fac­tors in the school cur­ricu­lum. We ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port from Ac­tive Stir­ling, par­ents and vol­un­teers.

The sportscot­land School Sport Award is sup­ported by the Ac­tive Schools Net­work, a pro­gramme that in­volves sportscot­land work­ing in part­ner­ship with all 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­cour­age schools to en­sure there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for all chil­dren and young peo­ple to en­gage, par­tic­i­pate and reach their po­ten­tial in this area.

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