Sporty pupils have been recognised for their outstanding commitment to PE and school sport.
Hirst Park Middle School, in Ashington, has received ‘GOLD Partner Status’ from the Youth Sport Trust for their work around sport.
Staff and students had to meet rigorous assessment criteria demonstrating how they are delivering high quality school sport and improving PE experience to obtain the award.
They also had to show how they are using sport to raise achievement levels.
Leanne Gonzalez, head of PE at the school, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded gold partner status through the Youth Sport Trust.
“It recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible experiences for our pupils through PE and school sports.
“Our recent Ofsted report judged the sports provision in school as outstanding and this prestigious award really reinforces that.
“It’s another fantastic accolade for us and the wider Ashington Learning Partnership.
“When PE and sport is delivered well, it creates a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits, encouraging young people to live healthy, active lives, as well as helping to improve attainment levels across the curriculum.”
Now Hirst Park Middle has achieved Gold Partner Status, it is a beacon of best practice for other schools within the Ashington Learning Partnership and wider region.
It will also receive additional training and development opportunities and benefit from involvement in national education and sporting initiatives led by the Youth Sport Trust.
Hirst Park Middle currently has 24 ‘Young Ambassadors’ aged 10 to 13 to champion physical education and involvement in school sport to their peers.