For the 3rd year in succession Clockhouse Primary School have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for Physical Education and School Sport. Only a small number of schools (Primary and Secondary) in Havering have this award and very few schools have sustained the mark for as many years as Clockhouse.
The School Games, which is funded by Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people.
A network of School Games Organisers and Local Organising Committees have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust in delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games' inception in 2010 - ranging from intra - inter school activity, in addition to the National Finals, which is supported by National Governing Bodies. This network currently services in excess of 20,000 registered schools who compete across School Games' competitions.
Well done to everyone who has taken part regularly in PE lessons and competitions both in school and representing the school against other schools. We would not be able to receive this award without the whole school community playing its part!
Following a meeting with Kat Clifton founder of She Can Play we are pleased to announce Clockhouse have been made one of three schools locally to receive the She Can Play partner school status for 2018/2019! This is a fantastic accolade for the school and should help to take and promote girls football to even higher heights.
Kat Clifton, graduated from the University of Brighton winning a scholarship for her degree in teaching. She spent four years as a full time PE teacher specialising in Football and increasing the number of girls playing Football in the borough. She coached recreational and semi-professional teams in America, Spain and Germany. Clifton’s playing career includes starting from grassroots level before representing the county and then moving on to represent teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and more recently West Ham Ladies in the Women’s Premier League. Kat is now working full time as the founder of She Can Play to develop more opportunities for girls and women to play Football across the UK.
The She Can Play philosophy is simple they want more girls and women to play and stay in Football. She Can Play believe creating a positive learning environment is essential for player development. They facilitate this by employing professional female role models/coaches. She Can Play believe role models play a vital role for girls choosing to play Football, this is why Regional Coaches all represent teams in the Women’s Super League or the Women’s Premier League.
The partnership will be announced to children in a September assembly. Through the partnership girls and the school will have the opportunity to win kit bundles, visits from professional ladies players, tickets to women's matches, and a scholarship for one lucky pupil to attend the She Can Play Football Programme free of charge plus much much more! Equally in return please keep your eyes open for information from She Can Play, England Ladies and Women's Super League around the school site, on the website, in newsletters and via social media.
P.E. Leader Mr Yarrow said 'This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for the school. The girls football team under the guidance of Mr McGlinchey and Collier Row F.C. has really grown in previous years. This opportunity will hopefully take us even further forward.
It was a pleasure meeting Kat from She Can Play, her passion and dedication to this amazing cause was clear to see. It will be great working with her and the She Can Play Staff. Girls at Clockhouse have always worked hard in P.E. and having this opportunity to engage more girls and also challenge our high ability footballers is brilliant! I look forward to the endless possibilities ahead and the opportunity to lead a She Can Play Council alongside the new girls football captain who will be announced in September.'
To find out more about the fantastic work She Can Play deliver please checkout their website http://www.shecanplay.uk/
Today Clockhouse received the silver quality mark from the Youth Sport Trust. The Youth Sport Trust is a British charitable trust which aims to support the education and development of young people through physical education.
The Youth Sport Trust look specifically at what the school offers children in regards to a balanced Physical Education curriculum and how it takes steps to meet the needs of every individual child.
Mr Yarrow said 'This is a fantastic award for Clockhouse! We have been recognised before with the School Games Gold Mark but couple that with this award, that looks deep into the curriculum and what we provide for the children means we must be having a positive effect. It's great to achieve the Silver Quality Mark. To be fast tracked straight through bronze at our first attempt is incredible showing the great work of the school already, and to be told it is minor tweeks needed to achieve a Gold Quality Mark when applications next open is great to hear. I believe there is currently only one school in Havering that have gold. Watch this space!
Thanks to Sharon and the Havering Sports Collective with their help in applying for this recognition.
TFL STARS Scheme
Clockhouse Achieves GOLD!!!
Clockhouse Primary School annually partakes in the TFL STARS Scheme. STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. STARS supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improves road safety.
Did you know the average journey to school is less than one kilometre, that's around a ten minute walk! However, many of these journeys are made by car leading to congestion and an unsafe and polluted environment for us all. By swapping car journeys for active travel, together STARS schools can make a real difference to our city and support the Mayor’s vision for Healthy Streets.
Working closely with our Junior Travel Ambassadors, we are pleased to announce that after number of years being a bronze school Clockhouse Primary School has achieved gold accreditation for the first time. This is a whole school achievement with children across the school being involved. Following our most recent annual survey car use overall has gone down and this is one of the main factors in achieving gold status.
As a result of the new accreditation Clockhouse has been asked to pilot a new initiative called the ‘Walking Zones Project’. Funding has been secured to get a child friendly map and information boards made for the school with leaflets for every pupil! So watch this space and please continue to actively travel!
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Clockhouse Primary School has been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for our excellent PE and extracurricular provision. Over the past 4 years Clockhouse have climbed the ladder starting with a bronze, then spending 2 years at silver, before finally being awarded the highest accreditation.
Clockhouse become only the 5th school in the whole of the Borough of Havering to receive this accolade. To achieve this award we had to meet some rigorous criteria including providing leadership opportunities through sport, working with a number of local clubs to form links, and provide opportunities for ALL children to participate in sport.
In addition to providing leadership and external opportunities Clockhouse had to offer a certain percentage of children extracurricular opportunities. Our data shows that over 75% of our children attend clubs. Furthermore, the school had to enter a certain number of tournaments and festivals whilst also compiling a huge fixture list in a range of sports where we proved to be very successful.
Finally we had to ensure our children were being offered a minimum of 2 hours physical activity a week in curriculum time, that engaged all aspects and levels of learning, whilst also monitoring the growth of our pupils recording levels where appropriate.
The process to achieve a Gold School Games Mark for PE was not easy and huge thanks and congratulations have to go to Mr Yarrow for all that he has done for sport at Clockhouse - he has certainly put us on the map!
As we mentioned earlier, only 5 schools in a Borough of over 80 schools have achieved this Mark, and this is credit to our hard working and dedicated pupils and parents. Thank you and well done to everyone for your help in making Clockhouse a well known sporting success!