It’s gold all the way for East Ren schools

Eaglesham Primary pupils are delighted with their win
Eaglesham Primary pupils are delighted with their win

Six schools in East Renfrewshire have been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. The award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

Eaglesham Primary, Giffnock Primary, Braidbar Primary, St John’s Primary, Thornliebank Primary and Mearns Castle High are the latest schools in the area to achieve this award.

A total of 14 schools in East Renfrewshire now hold gold status. With these latest awards, the Woodfarm cluster becomes the first in the area to all reach this level of sporting excellence.

Councillor Elaine Green, East Renfrewshire Council’s Convener for Education, said: “I am delighted to see another six East Renfrewshire schools gain this fantastic accolade from the national agency for sport. All our staff work incredibly hard to deliver excellent opportunities for our pupils both during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. The links made with local sports clubs are an integral part of our approach to delivering physical activity as part of a rounded education, and our Active Schools co-ordinators play an important role in making all this happen. It’s also extremely pleasing to see all schools in the Woodfarm cluster recognised as providing gold level sport and physical activity, which reflects how closely these schools work together to provide the best for our pupils.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland added: I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at these East Renfrewshire schools for putting physical education and sport at the heart of their school and local community. They should all be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.”

To achieve a bronze or silver sportscotland School Sport Award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

The award aims to put sport at the heart of each school and its wider community. The Award also encourages schools to ensure there are opportunities for all children and young people to engage, participate and reach their potential in this area.

The on-line self-assessment tool supports schools to achieve this by helping them to reflect on their current practice and identify areas for improvement. It also puts the young people in the school at the forefront of the decision making and implementation processes around sport in their school.

Kirsten Oswald MP has laid down an Early Day Motion in Westminster to congratulate the schools on achieving Gold Status.

Kirsten commented: “It is wonderful to have the sporting commitment of St John’s, Braidbar, Giffnock, Eaglesham and Thornliebank Primary Schools recognised in this way.

“The hard work and dedication of staff, pupils, sports clubs, parents and volunteers in developing imaginative ways to get children more involved in sport is clear.

“The importance of our children being engaged in regular, sustainable, exercise cannot be understated and I am pleased to see our local schools at the forefront.”