Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School in Sutton is recognised for its ‘exemplary’ approach to sports education
Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School in Sutton in Ashfield has been awarded recognition for its commitment to deliver high quality physical education and for its support of other primary schools to do the same.
The award bestowed jointly by Affinity Teaching School Association, the Discovery Trust, and the Association for Physical Education, credits the school for its ‘exemplary approach to the teaching and leadership of Primary School Education’.
Grant Worthington is Head Teacher at Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School and said, "I am delighted we have received recognition for our approach to the teaching and leadership of Primary Physical Education. To be acknowledged for both our expertise and willingness to support other school’s improvement is absolutely fantastic!”
Tom Darby is PE Specialist at Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School and said the school is committed to encouraging participation in a wide variety of sports, even during the special circumstances created during the pandemic. "It has been a pleasure supporting schools over the past year and we are extremely proud to have received this recognition.
"With so many challenges facing PE and sport in schools, we have worked hard to share advice, provide support and offer numerous opportunities. This has enabled schools, including Mapplewells, to maintain an engaging and progressive PE curriculum. Our partner schools have adapted extremely well, and we have all learned so much.”
Tom says that the onset of the pandemic and social distancing rules meant that adaptations were necessary to sustain momentum. "As a member school of the Flying High Trust, we have lots of exciting events planned and we are hoping that as restrictions ease that many more opportunities will become available to share our love of sport. Our ultimate aim is to offer our pupils the very best opportunities and for their love of being active to be embedded with them for life. Now, more than ever, sport and physical activity is key for pupil, and staff well-being. ‘Together we are stronger’ certainly rings true and a big thank you to the schools embracing togetherness this year.”
Oli Tatterson is PE Lead at Leamington Primary & Nursery Academy (Sutton in Ashfield) and said the support his school has received has been invaluable. "Mapplewells and Mr Darby are always willing to share best practice and help in any way they can. It has helped Sport and Physical Education develop at Leamington and I am very grateful, and we are excited to take part in all the sporting events planned for the summer term. A huge thank you to Mr Darby from everyone at Team Leamington.”
James Brown from Kibworth CE Primary and Discovery Trust said, "It is brilliant to have such excellent partner schools for this project. The PE offer for pupils at Mapplewells is excellent and we are really proud they have agreed to be a hub school for this project. We encourage partners to get in touch with Mapplewells if they would like to learn more about their brilliant PE teaching and leadership, so that we can help improve Primary PE for pupils across the County and region.”
Engagement and Communications Manager at The Flying High Trust, Abi Mayfield, said the award was thoroughly deserved. "Congratulations to Mapplewells Primary and Nursery School for receiving the certificate of recognition for their exemplary approach to the teaching and leadership of Primary Physical Education. Throughout this last year Mapplewells have gone above and beyond to ensure all children are staying active within their school and are shown the importance that PE has on mental health and wellbeing. Great work Mapplewells and an award that is truly deserved!”