St Luke’s Catholic Academy awarded prestigious sports award

ST Luke’s Catholic Academy, a school within Our Lady of Fatima Catholic MAT, has achieved National School Games Platinum Award for making a commitment to develop its young people to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.

St Luke’s Catholic Academy is only Harlow schools to receive the special School Games Platinum Award. The Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust.

The Award recognises the School’s ‘sport for all’ philosophy, the high level of attainment, inclusivity and provision for sport in the School, as well as our contribution to the wider community and the leadership opportunities for pupils.

The Platinum Award is the fourth level of the award scheme to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. The Platinum Award is only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards.

To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils.

Mr Kendal, Executive Headteacher said “We are proud to receive this Platinum award, due to our five successive gold awards. It is a great recognition of excellent teamwork and our continued commitment to high quality PE and School Sport. Physical Education is crucial to the learning and development of all young people and to be awarded Platinum emphasises our consistency of purpose in developing the whole child.”

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