Sporty Sutton primary school recognised for its commitment to physical education

Staff and pupils at a Sutton primary are jumping for joy after the school was recognised for its commitment to deliver high quality physical education in the area.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 7:50 am

Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School has received the award from the Affinity Teaching School Association, the Discovery Trust and the Association for Physical Education and credits it for its ‘exemplary approach to the teaching and leadership of primary school education’.

The award also honours Mapplewells for its work to help other primary schools improve – including Leamington Primary & Nursery Academy in the town.

Proud headteacher Grant Worthington said: “I am delighted we have received recognition for our approach to the teaching and leadership of Primary Physical Education. To be acknowledged for both our expertise and willingness to support other school’s improvement is absolutely fantastic.”

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PE specialist Tom Darby with Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School pupils. Photo: Louise Brimble

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Tom Darby – a PE specialist at Mapplewells, which is a member school of the Flying High Trust – said the school is committed to encouraging schools to take part in a wide variety of sports.

“With so many challenges facing PE and sport in schools, we have worked hard to share advice, provide support and offer numerous opportunities,” he said.

"This has enabled schools, including Mapplewells, to maintain an engaging and progressive PE curriculum. Our partner schools have adapted extremely well, and we have all learned so much.”

And Tom says that the onset of the pandemic and social distancing rules meant adaptations were necessary to sustain momentum.

“Our ultimate aim is to offer our pupils the very best opportunities and for their love of being active to be embedded with them for life,” he said.

"Now, more than ever, sport and physical activity is key for pupil, and staff well-being. ‘Together we are stronger’ certainly rings true and a big thank you to the schools embracing togetherness this year.”

Oli Tatterson, PE lead at Leamington Primary & Nursery Academy, and said the support his school has received has been invaluable.

“Mapplewells and Mr Darby are always willing to share best practice and help in any way they can. It has helped sport and physical education develop at Leamington and I am very grateful, and we are excited to take part in all the sporting events planned for the summer term,” he said.

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