Staff and students at Newton Abbot College are celebrating their third consecutive year of being awarded Gold in the highly prized Sainsbury’s School Games Mark award.
The Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. The Gold level is awarded to Colleges who adhere to stringent PE provision, including timetabling students with two hours of curriculum-based physical education per week and engaging high numbers of students in weekly extracurricular sporting activity. Other criteria include the ranges of sporting competitions available to students as well as interschool and community based sporting opportunities.
It is an amazing achievement for the College that has been celebrated by both members of the PE Department as well as the College Leadership Team. Ian Patchett, PE Teacher, said of the award: ‘It is a fantastic achievement to have been awarded the Gold Mark award for a third year running. We have worked extremely hard at the College to ensure that we offer an incredibly broad, diverse and interesting curricular and extra-curricular programme for our students. These key principles have ensured top level recognition year on year’.
Louise Ransom, Assistant Principal, added: ‘I am so proud of the PE Department in achieving this award: their team-spirit and phenomenal commitment to sports is outstanding. All our students are encouraged to imagine what’s possible - especially in PE; whether or not they are natural sportsmen and women. Additionally, we don’t just offer traditional sports: the range of sporting opportunities is fantastic and the department maximise the local resources available to them. In this way, the department are continually innovating and responding to the interests of our students.’