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School Games Mark Platinum Award

Cleves School has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.

We are delighted to announce that we are one of only 104 schools in the country 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, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.

Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress. 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 range 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.

The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Applications are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards and involved us submitting a report outlining how we engaged such large numbers of children in competitive sport and other physical activity in the last academic year.

We are understandably delighted and proud to receive this award and I am sure you will join us in congratulating all the pupils and staff at the school who show dedication and commitment towards sport on a daily basis. We look forward to sharing the news with our pupils and building further on this success during this academic year.

Mr Nelson (PE Coordinator) and Mr Smith (Deputy Headteacher)