Top award for Owston Park Primary School

Bradley Johnston (top right) is the PE coordinator at Owston Park Primary School.
Bradley Johnston (top right) is the PE coordinator at Owston Park Primary School.

Owston Park Primary School has gone to the top of the class for sport.

The Skellow school has been awarded ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by South Yorkshire Sport to recognise good practice in physical education and sport.

It is one of just four schools to receive the accolade and will receive £4,000 of funding to share their expertise with other local schools.

Owston Park have employed a full time PE coordinator, Bradley Johnston, and also key to their winning application was an after-school martial arts club.

“We’re thrilled to be awarded Centre of Excellence status,” said headteacher Vicky Stinson.

“The opportunity for our children to participate on a weekly basis in a martial arts club with a qualified coach from the local community gave them something fun, structured and a sense of ownership.

“In a large percentage of cases it’s actually improved their attendance, attainment and behaviour in school. We’ve also put on additional after school clubs and are a reward for good work in lessons, attendance and behaviour in school.”

Kathryn Mudge, development manager at South Yorkshire Sport, said: “Owston Park have displayed excellent commitment to embedding PE and sport across the school, using the power of PE to address whole school issues, utilising sports premium funding in a sustainable way.”

Owston Park have also been named South Yorkshire winners in the ‘Whole School Improvement’ category in the Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards.