Houghton school strikes sporting gold

Pictured in the photo are Mrs Cullen, together with pupils Jackson Husband and Erika Warren.
Pictured in the photo are Mrs Cullen, together with pupils Jackson Husband and Erika Warren.
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PUPILS are top of the class when it comes to school games.

Houghton Kepier Academy is to become the first Youth Sports Trust Gold Partner School in the city, thanks to its commitment to the Sainsbury’s School Games project.

The programme, delivered by the Youth Sports Trust, runs throughout the year, seeking to create an “inspirational and motivational” setting for young athletes to thrive and succeed.

School Games and Primary Partnership link teacher at Houghton Kepier, Siobhan Cullen, said receiving a Gold Kite mark was a reflection of the effort being put in to promoting the programme.

“Staff from our PE department give up an immense amount of their free time to take learners to the events throughout the year,” she said.

“And our learners respond by giving 100 per cent commitment to the events, not just during the school day, but also on evenings and weekends.”

Houghton Kepier became a Gold Partner School last week after external inspection.

It met all the criteria for the gold award, and a letter of confirmation stated that it “offers exceptional opportunities to pupils” and “a wide variety of opportunities which attract less active young people”.

As a partner Houghton Kepier will receive additional training and development opportunities, and can become involved in national education and sport initiatives. A spokesman for the Youth Sport Trust said: “Congratulations to Houghton Kepier school for achieving the Gold Kite Mark award.

“Their commitment to, and delivery of, school sport and competition in the Sainsbury’s School Games programme is clearly making a huge impact on young people at their school.”