November 03, 2022

Lionheart Educational Trust’s Primary Schools achieve success in the School Games Mark Award

We are delighted that Broom Leys Primary and Brocks Hill Primary have attained the School Games Mark – Platinum Award, and both Riverside and Highcliffe Primaries have achieved the Gold Award, with Hallam Fields working towards the award this year.

This is a fantastic achievement by the schools, having demonstrated the impact and meaningful differences they are making to their pupils through competitive sport.  

Even more impressive is that Broom Leys have held the Platinum award since it was first introduced in 2016/17, being the only school at the time in Leicestershire and Rutland to have achieved the accolade! 

The School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme that rewards schools for their commitment to the development of physical education and competition across their school and into the wider community. The programme is designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. 

At Lionheart Educational Trust, we value the importance of both physical health and mental health & wellbeing, as we know that healthy, happy children learn well. Competitive sport is an important focus of our active programme, as we believe that it encourages children to aim high while also developing character, resilience and teamwork skills. Participation in this scheme gives our schools the chance to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. 

Primary schools within the Trust received these awards having demonstrated excellence in the following key areas: 

  • Participation – the number of young people in the school being engaged in sporting activity 
  • Competition – the number of different sports played and number of competitions entered 
  • Workforce – the number of pupils involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions 
  • Clubs – the amount of local links the school has with clubs or establishments in the area. 

Pupils have participated in a wide range of external competitions and competitive leagues including cross country, football, netball, basketball, dodgeball, hockey, tennis, golf, swimming, athletics, tag rugby, multi-skills, quad-kids, Energise and ‘This Girl Can’.  

Staff within our primary schools used pupil voice to discover what the children wanted, taking that information to structure their competition calendars, based on the partnership competitions, tournaments and festivals. The ultimate aim is that every child can find something they enjoy, are successful at, and are motivated to continue as part of a lifelong active lifestyle. 

We are extremely proud of Lionheart pupils across each of the primary schools for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. Each school is committed to using the School Games Mark to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented their school, to try and ensure that all students have a positive experience and want to try new activities. We believe in the power of physical activity and want to offer opportunities to young people that need it most, either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer. 

Huge congratulations to all who worked to achieve this award, creating positive experiences for our students!