Two schools are celebrating after becoming the first in Derbyshire to achieve the Platinum School Games award.
Shardlow Primary School and Mapperley Primary School will both receive the honour, which is the highest School Games award. They are two out of the first three schools in Derbyshire to be given the Platinum award.
The Platinum award was launched as an extension of the School Games Mark to reward schools which have maintained consistently high standards with their school sport provision.
As part of the application, candidates who had achieved five successive Gold awards were asked to submit a detailed case study along with a supporting paragraph from their School Games Organiser. Both schools will receive a special plaque to commemorate their achievement.
In order to achieve the award, Mapperley included all pupils in increasing their physical activity, with young ambassadors and sports leaders leading a number of the activities, through a wide range of sport, PE and physical activities to ensure a minimum of 60 active minutes during the school day.
At Shardlow Primary School, all pupils play a huge role in planning and delivering competition. An action plan was created and the school appoints mini leaders and Year 6 ambassadors to promote sport within school, along with This Girl Can ambassadors and sports captains.
Kylie Magner, head teacher at Shardlow Primary School, said everyone was delighted to have achieved the Platinum award.
She said: “We are extremely proud of the school and our continued achievements in PE and School Sport. The Platinum School Games Award is testament to our hard work and years of continued practice, which is embedded throughout the school.
“Six years ago we set out on a journey to transform our delivery of school PE and sport. Our goal was simple, to ensure that all our children are healthy and active, but this has been so much more rewarding in so many ways: clubs, festivals, intra-school competitions, inter-school competitions to name but a few. Yet achieving this was no mean feat. It is through whole school commitment from staff past and present, who dedicate hours of their time towards this cause; parents who are so accommodating and willing to help; and most importantly the children whose enthusiasm is unwavering. Finally, this would not have been possible without the support of Erewash School Sport Partnership, whose continued support is greatly appreciated.”
Richard Cripps, head teacher of Mapperley Primary School, paid tribute to pupils, staff and ESSP.
He said: “We are delighted to have received the prestigious School Games Mark Platinum Award which is recognition of the commitment and enthusiasm from Debbie Farmer, our PE and Sports Leader, the children, parents and staff of Mapperley CE Primary School, towards an active and healthy lifestyle. We are incredibly proud of all the children and staff for achieving this award. We would like to thank children, parents, staff and Erewash School Sport Partnership. Everyone has worked extremely hard to ensure that our children have good access to competitive sport at all levels and abilities.”
Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership strategic director, congratulated both schools on their achievement.
She said: “We are proud to support both of these schools and we are absolutely delighted that they have become the first schools in Derbyshire to achieve the Platinum School Games award. Both schools are dedicated to providing first class sporting opportunities for their pupils and they are a shining example to other schools in the area who will hopefully be inspired by this fantastic achievement.”


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