Denbigh has won an award for embedding the specialism to narrow the gap in whole school attainment' at the annual Youth Sport Trust Sports Colleges Innovation and Recognition Awards which took place at the Sports Colleges Conference on Wednesday 9th February 2011.
Embedding the specialism to close the gap in whole school attainment' is based on schools that are using their specialism innovatively and effectively to impact on targeted groups of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
As part of the award we received a brilliant canvas and a bottle of bubbly along with 2000 from School Trends to use on clothing.
Denbigh's Teaching and Learning Leader for PE, Miss Donna Neely said:
"We are pleased to have won this award because as a school our core value statement 'High achievement for all is our shared responsibility' ensures that every child can achieve and enjoy learning. Sports academy has changed young people's lives and makes a positive contribution to their holistic development. By embedding the sports specialism it has narrowed the gap in whole school attainment. As a school and community we continue to ensure that sport plays a fundamental role in everyday life."
Helping to present this year's awards were England women's rugby star Maggie Alfonso, Youth Sport Trust's own commonwealth gold medalist Ellen Faulkner, School Sport Ambassador Jason Gardener, war veteran and inspirational fundraiser Phil Packer, Sky Sports Living for Sport athlete mentor and bobsleigh world champion Nicola Minichiello, GB athlete Jenny Meadows and sporting supporter Barrie Wells.
Steve Grainger, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
All of the winners demonstrate just how powerful a tool sport can be in unlocking the potential in young people across their school and personal life.Their work provides great examples of how sport is being used to change school ethos, improve behaviour and support more young people to achieve in schools across the country. I hope that other schools are inspired by this example of innovative working and are encouraged to look at how they can use sport to meet their own needs.