Sporting school strikes gold

Pupils and staff at a primary school in Haywards Heath have helped it become the first to achieve a gold School Games kitemark in recognition of sporting achievements.

During a year in which many British athletes have been awarded gold medals as a result of their spectacular sporting performances, Harlands Primary School has also struck sporting gold.

The school says that one of the reasons that Harlands received the accolade was because of the achievements of the school’s many sporting teams.

But it also says the strong links Harlands has with other local sporting clubs, the extent to which pupils are involved in the organisation of sporting events and most significantly the vast number of the school’s pupils who had represented differing school teams, were also key standards that the school had to meet.

Dave Simmonds, the school’s PE co-ordinator, said: “In many ways, this award is more important than any of the trophies won by our sporting teams, as it recognises the efforts of each and every one of those people involved in school sport across our whole school community.”