Sportsmark PLATINUM 2022-2023
We are delighted to have been awarded the Sports Mark Platinum! Schools can only apply for the platinum grading if they have held the Gold Mark for four consecutive years! This is an incredible achievement and recognises the high level of participation across many different sports over the year. The Platinum Award recognises all the work that has been done by the staff and children at St Peter’s to be a fully engaged and committed school to the School Games values and principles. The application included a demonstration of how we are a physically literate school and how this positively impacts on our pupils.
Our aim in achieving the Sports Mark at Platinum level is to ensure that we offer opportunities to as many children as possible. In addition to participating alongside other schools, we have a wide selection of active clubs for children of all ages. In 2023, we welcomed ex-UK basketball star, Pierre Henry Fountaine.
We regularly participate in around 100 events over the year, at local, district and county level and are in the top three schools in the county for sports participation. Aside from the competitive fixtures (football, netball, cricket, rounders, swimming gala, floor ball, hockey, rugby, athletics and cross- country), children of all abilities across the school have had the opportunity to represent the school in festivals, tournaments, dance events and Panathon sports.
St Peter's also organises several events for local schools including the District Cross Country, which in October 2023 attracted 680 KS2 runners from 12 local schools. We also organise inter-school events for YR and KS1 pupils.
The Daily Mile has inevitably contributed to our successes in the local sporting calendar. We have had an all weather running track since 2017. Our aim is for all children to run for at least 10 minutes on at least three days a week. As well as having an impact on physical fitness by improving their PB, children learn to become more resilient and determined. Improved physical health is known to have an impact on mental health and attitudes towards learning. While it has certainly had an impact on our performance in competitive sports, we have also had the greatest number of children putting themselves forward to compete in the District Cross Country events (70+ from KS2). There is a good chance that children will take such positive attitudes towards physical activity with them into their adult lives.