Duncanrig Secondary awarded Gold School status by sportScotland

School Sports Awards - GOLD - 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have once again been awarded gold school status by sportScotland. This is a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

As part of the National Lottery funded programme, the sportScotland School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. The Award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportScotland, said: “Congratulations to all the staff and pupils at Duncanrig Secondary – they should be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement. Not only have they put physical education and sport at the heart of their school and local community, but they have managed to do so in a way that encourages all pupils to engage in physical activity whilst having fun at the same time. The fact that the award is being made again to the school is testimony to the ongoing and sustained commitment of the staff to maintaining excellence.”

To achieve a Bronze or Silver sportScotland School Sport Award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain Gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

George Wynne, Head Teacher, commented: “It is an honour to be awarded the sportScotland Gold School Sport Award for the second time. Our staff work incredibly hard to deliver an outstanding range and quality of sporting opportunities, physical activities around dance, gymnastics and exericse and outdoor learning experience to our pupils.  We believe that physical education, physical activity, sport and outdoor learning are integral parts of our school curriculum which benefit all learners.”

The sportScotland School Sport Award is supported by the Active Schools Network, a programme that involves sportScotland working in partnership with all 32 local authorities to encourage schools to ensure there are opportunities for all children and young people to engage, participate and reach their potential in this area.

The on-line self-assessment tool supports schools to achieve this by helping them to reflect on their current practice and identify areas for improvement. It also puts the young people in the school at the forefront of the decision making and implementation processes around sport in their school.

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