A SCHOOL near Burton has been awarded one of the highest accolades for its dedication to its sporting community.
John Taylor High School, in Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood has been highly acknowledged for its successful school games and sporting commitments after it was awarded gold in the Kitemark scheme – the second in the county.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
It is supported by the Department for Education, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Health and funded by Sport England, through the National Lottery.
Kitemark officials said of John Taylor: “Leadership is heavily embedded into the curriculum and pupils’ from across all year groups are involved in leading, managing and officiating in School Games activity – this includes Level Three County competition.
“Furthermore pupils’ are actively engaged in the planning and development of School Games activities through their School Sport Organising Committee.
“The promotion of the School Games programme to both parents and the local community is extremely frequent via the use of twitter feeds, plasma screens and the school newsletter.
“John Taylor has systems in place to help support talented young sports people within the school to balance their sporting commitments with home and school life.”
Neil Forden, PE teacher at the school said: “It is an honour that we have been found to offer the highest level of provision and subsequently awarded gold. To be recognised as providing a gold standard of provision is an outstanding achievement.
“It truly is testament to the commitment and effort shown by all members of staff and students who regularly give up their time to promote and encourage extra-curricular school sport.”