Last term was an incredibly successful one both ‘off’ and in particular ‘on’ the sports field for the academies of Samuel Whitbread, Etonbury and Robert Bloomfield.
BEMAT, the body that oversees all the academies, are using sporting participation and success as a vehicle to motivate students and drive academic standards up.
This is particularly encouraging given the recent studies commissioned by the Government and Ofsted in to the link between school sport and academic success.
Adrian Rogers, Executive Principal at BEMAT said: “We are delighted that so many children participate in sport across the six schools in our multi academy trust.
“It’s great to see our elite teams do so well in local, regional and national competitions but it’s just as pleasing to see the mass participation of the children.
“We are certain an active interest in sport contributes to an active interest in learning.”
The schools have experienced recent success with Years 6 and 10 becoming county rugby champions, Years 7 and 8 becoming basketball champions and Year 5 winning their netball competition.
Sarah Robson, Head of PE at Robert Bloomfield Aceademy, said: “The pupils at Robert Bloomfield have worked extremely hard over the last term in all aspects of PE, their commitment to improve and compete has been exceptional.
“This has been rewarded with some fantastic results in elite competitions, mass participation and inclusive fixtures. As a PE department we are really proud of everything the children have achieved.”
In order to keep the sporting success going BEMAT will continue to invest in sport.
They plan on increasing the number of artificial training facilities, increasing the number of fitness suites
as well as improving the playing fields.
Kate Thomas, Head of PE at Etonbury Academy, said: “The new appointments we have made in the PE department have enabled us to provide lots more opportunities for pupils at Etonbury.
“We are now starting to see the positive effect this is having on the pupils sporting successes and attainment in the classroom.”
Meanwhile Samuel Whitbread have enjoyed recent success since placing more emphasis on sport in the school.
Head of PE, Jimmy Hart, said: “The recruitment of several specialised female PE teachers has created role models for female students.
“As a result of the high level teaching and coaching performances in netball, hockey and girls football have significantly improved.
“As a consequence we have had to invest into a larger trophy cabinet to hold all of the new silverware!”