Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School celebrate after receiving the highest national award available in PE!

Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School have been celebrating their recent success of being awarded a National Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport with distinction.

Rachel Miles, Leader of PE and Sport said: “All of the staff in our school have been involved in achieving this award. It has been a worthwhile journey as it has made us reflect on what we do in the school and we now provide a quality delivery of Physical Education and Sport, with highly qualified staff. The award is an ongoing process and we will be reassessed in three years’ time. We have very enthusiastic, committed members of staff who are competent and passionate teachers of PE. As a result of this, children are well motivated and are enthusiastic about taking part in PE. Children respond positively about their PE lessons and extra-curricular activities”.

Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding has been well spent with the up skilling of all staff, free after school sport related clubs run by staff and qualified sport coaches, new PE equipment and extra-curricular activities e.g. PE Learning Cafes, Healthy Hedgehog home/school initiative and employing a Playground Leader to increase participation of all children in regular physical activity.

The school’s headteacher, Jackie Bradford, added: “This prestigious award – at ‘Distinction’ level – is the result of consistently outstanding teamwork at Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School and beyond over many years. We believe in the importance physical education and school sport plays as part of our broad and balanced curriculum that helps develop the whole child. It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, and develops confidence and social skills.”

After spending a day validating PE and Sport at Suffield Park Infants, Mike Crichton (Chair of Association for Physical Education) made reference to the attitude and happiness of the children towards PE as refreshing, positive and great to see. All credit to the staff and parents for encouraging their children to get active!

Suffield Park Infant and Nursery school now proudly displays its high quality mark PE glass trophy, along with a copy of their certificate in the school foyer.