Sport partner status for school

Ponteland High School is to become a Youth Sport Trust Silver Partner School in recognition of its commitment to PE and school sport.

As well as demonstrating how they are delivering high-quality sport for their students, these schools are able to put programmes in place to raise achievement levels across the year groups.

As a partner, Ponteland High will receive additional training and development opportunities and can become involved in national education and sport initiatives.

Headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “We are absolutely thrilled to become a Youth Sport Trust Partner School, which recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible experiences for young people through PE and school sport.

“There are a whole range of educational, health and well-being benefits from delivering high-quality PE and school sport and we see on a regular basis that when sport is delivered well, it can transform the lives of a whole range of pupils.”

The school also supports a number of students who have a high level of sporting talent with balancing their studies alongside training and competitions.

Annette Montague, education director at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools share our belief that sport changes lives and understand how it can be used across the curriculum to improve attainment.

“PE and school sport can be a catalyst for young people to live healthy, active lives and we are delighted to be working with schools across the country to support them in developing this provision.

“We have an increasing number of schools applying for this status, which is a testament to the on-going commitment they have in making a difference for young people and creating a great system for PE and sport.”

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