Newton Abbot College Celebrates Fourth Consecutive Gold Award
Staff and students at College are celebrating their fourth 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 schools 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: “I am so thrilled and happy that the PE department has been able to achieve the gold mark status for the fourth year running. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many keen and enthusiastic PE students here at Newton Abbot College; this in turn enables us to offer a broad, diverse and challenging curriculum that is proving to be hugely successful year on year. In addition to this, the award highlights the high level of extracurricular provision that is on offer to our students throughout the 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 maximises the local resources available to them. In this way, the department are continually innovating and responding to the interests of our students.’