07th December 2023
St Peter & St Paul Primary School was named Active School of the Year
Active School of the Year winner - St Peter & St Paul CE (VA) Primary School
A Bexhill-on-Sea school focused on encouraging all its pupils and families to be active before, during and after school has been recognised for its work.
St Peter & St Paul C E (VA) Primary School, has been named Active School of the Year at this year’s Sussex Sport & Physical Activity Awards.
The school works hard to ensure its community is active – vitally important as 50 per cent of pupils live in flats, with limited outside access.
With this in mind, the school has worked hard to ensure all children attain the recommended 30 minutes of activity per day, with the intention of achieving 60 minutes.
This includes making sure lessons are active and offering 18 active clubs before, during and after school each week.
The school has been working hard to promote active travel to school, increasing from 37 per cent to 63 per cent of pupils walking, cycling, or rollering to school.
Plus they signpost families to a variety of activities in the area, to promote fitness for all.
Michelle Holder, the PE subject lead, said: “We are delighted all of our work has been recognised by such a prestigious award.
“As a school community we value and appreciate the importance of active learning.
“We see, on a daily basis, the impact this has on our children and families, ranging from above average attendance to outstanding end of KS2 results, and above all nurturing happy and healthy children.”
Being active has been recognised as a crucial element of a child’s education to promote lifelong active citizens and has been added as one of the school’s drivers.
The school has worked alongside Active Sussex in the second year of the CAS Pilot Scheme, using the Teach Active resource to help make lessons as active as possible.
The whole school takes part in the Golden Mile – two 15 minute weekly timetabled sessions.
Lessons, such as English and maths, and the school values pupil voice to make sure it is offering what the children want and need.
In the 2022/23 academic year, the school introduced ‘This Girl Can’ club where girls choose a different focus/sport each week.
Other clubs include boxing with Upgrade Martial Arts, cheerleading with the Diana Freedman School of Dance, Beulah Baptist – ‘Space Club’, Gully’s Health Squad and Albion in the Community.
And it is not just the children the school works with, working alongside the NHS Healthy Habits to promote healthy eating and getting active together, and signposting families to a variety of activities in the area, to promote fitness for all.