Nafferton Primary School, East Riding and Bowmandale Primary School, North Lincolnshire have each celebrated winning at the Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards. The awards were handed out by Yorkshire former Olympic swimmer James Kirton, at a virtual ceremony to mark schools’ sporting successes.
The Yorkshire PE Awards are designed to showcase best practice in PE and School Sport in the region, with national experts in education and sport making up the judging panel.
The 2020 awards recognised schools that have innovated and endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant, especially during the pandemic.
Bowmandale Primary School were crowned winner of the Whole School Improvement category. Bowmandale have placed PE, School Sport and Physical activity at the heart of the school and the judges were really impressed with the school’s child centred approach and their dedication to high quality PE and School Sport. The judges noted that it is great to see that the school has involved parents through an Active Travel programme and extracurricular activities and were impressed with the established active culture and the training provided to teachers that will allow future pupils to also benefit and this is really fantastic to see.
Nafferton Primary School were crowned winners of the sustainability category with their fantastic approach to Forest Schools by upskilling staff and purchasing resources that will benefit pupils for years to come. They really impressed the judges with their alternative approach to traditional sports. The judges also noted that it is fantastic to hear about pupil enjoyment, increasing confidence and the improvement to both behaviour and attendance that Forest Schools has given to pupils.
In addition, the first local round of the awards saw the following primary schools from the Humber area triumph in these categories.
Gillshill Primary School, Hull came runners up in the Innovation category with their personal and unique approach to keeping their pupils active during lockdown.
Beverley St Nicholas Primary School, East Riding came runners up in the Active Schools category for the steps they have taken to increase the physical activity levels of their pupils.
David Gent CEO, Active Humber said; “Active Humber values the role schools and teachers play in the development of sport and physical activity in the region. It has been amazing to see so many examples of schools doing fantastic work to improve PE, school sport and physical activity for their pupils.”
The vision of the PE and Sport Premium is that all pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
About the awards
The Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards were established in 2016 by North Yorkshire Sport, Active Humber and Yorkshire Sport Foundation to celebrate schools who demonstrate best practice in use of their PE and Sport Premium grant.
The PE and Sport Premium grant is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The aim of the grant is to help primary schools to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport. All schools from across Yorkshire and Humber had the opportunity to enter the awards by submitting case studies demonstrating the impact of the PE premium grant. schools self nominated using an on-line form.
North Yorkshire Sport, Active Humber and Yorkshire Sport Foundation are Active Partnerships, receive funding from Sport England to carry out several functions to help achieve the Sport England strategy 'Towards an Active Nation' at a community level.