The School Games Mark is an awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school. OfSTED use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework. Schools are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold based on their commitment to Sport and Physical activity.
The West Bridgford School is one of the only schools in Nottinghamshire to achieve the prestigious Gold award. In order to achieve this the school has to provide all students with two hours of physical education per week within the curriculum and have extra curriculum provision in addition to this; engaging at least 50% of students in extracurricular sporting activity every week.
All of the staff at the West Bridgford School PE department are dedicated to promoting extra-curricular activities. There are opportunities for all pupils to partake in Sport every night of the week and they also have morning sports clubs before school starts. On a typical night there is over 100 pupils at Athletics Club, 50 Pupils at Cricket and similar numbers at Tennis Club. As well as providing all of the traditional Sports, such as Netball, Football and Rugby, The West Bridgford School also offer more unique sports such as Lacrosse and Handball.
They have had some great sporting achievements with their pupils this year. To mention a few: The U16 Girls Netball team made it to the National Final finishing 12th in the Country. The U14 Boys Football team made it to the Forest Vase County final, as did the U12 Girls, U16 Girls and U15 Girls Football team and their Dance group qualified for a National Competition in Milton Keynes.
The school enters every competition that is physically possibly and this is fully supported by the head teacher, school and parents. Due to the high numbers at extra-curricular clubs the school enters more than one team. For the U14 Girls Rounders competition this year the school entered five teams with their A and B team having to battle it out in the final. Three teams were entered for the U12 Girls Rounders and again it ended up being a WBS final, knocking out local rivals such as Rushcliffe and Becket.
Malcolm Kemp – School Sports Coordinator runs a highly popular Sports Leaders Award which has over seventy Y10 pupils volunteering each year, more than 50% go on to volunteer over 50 hours of their time during 1 school year. He works very closely with the local feeder primary schools, organising their sports day and provides lots of activities at the WBS to help with their transition into secondary school.
The WBS always have a large number of teams that qualify for the Sainsbury’s County School Games. They achieved the Fair Play award twice this year and have won the following:
U14 Badminton team – Gold Medal
U12 Girls Basketball – Gold Medal
U15 Rowing Team – Silver Medal
U12 Girls Sports Hall Athletics – Silver Medal
U12 Boys Sports Hall Athletics – Silver Medal
U12 Boys Cricket – Silver
U12 Girls Tag Rugby – Silver
U12 Futsal Boys – Bronze Medal