Active School of the Year

14 Nov 2019   |   Tracey Gostelow, PE Lead   |   Lacey Gardens Junior Academy

Lacey Gardens Junior Academy, are celebrating after being awarded Lincolnshire’s ‘Active Primary School of the Year’ at the glittering Active Lincolnshire Sport Awards 2019.

The category of ‘Active Primary School of the Year’ was one of 16 awards that was presented by Olympian Craig Heap at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground in front of over 400 sports people from all over the county.  From all Lincolnshire schools, Lacey Gardens was the only school from Louth to be vying for the accolade alongside just two other smaller Lincolnshire schools- Morton Trentside in Gainsborough, and Caythorpe Primary School.

A few weeks ago, excited staff and pupils were joined by a media company to film sessions of the Daily Mile, use of outdoor gym equipment and active chalk paths for a short film that was shown at the awards ceremony. Staff and pupil sports ambassadors were interviewed for the video, with inspirational comments from the children about the value and importance of being physically active, enjoying opportunities for competition and taking part in community initiatives.

The school is proud to offer a wide and balanced curriculum, which includes a package of sports for all, such as boccia and goalball. With such a variety on offer within school, as well as competitions and wellbeing opportunities, all 360 pupils at the school are able to keep fit, healthy and active.

Recently, Lacey Gardens became one of just a handful of schools in the county to achieve the School Games Platinum award which recognises consistently high standards and inclusion in PE. The school is supported by the Wolds School Sports Partnership (WSSP), who offer local schools opportunities to participate in competition both locally and regionally. Last year, Lacey Gardens participated in 35 local and regional competitions, and once again reached the national final of The Great Big Dance Off. After-school sporting provision at the school, is also a firm favourite with pupils- with over 40 activities and clubs offered throughout the year.

PE Lead at Lacey Gardens, Tracy Gostelow, commented that ‘We are delighted to be recognised for such a significant award. PE, sport and being physically active is at the heart of the school, and combined with other curriculum subjects, it sets the foundations for life-long skills, resilience and learning. It is vitally important that, as adults, we inspire pupils to find something they enjoy and encourage them at every opportunity. We’re incredibly proud, that once again, Lacey Gardens has been recognised for our active achievements’.

As well as Lacey Gardens Junior Academy scooping the award for ‘Active Primary School of the Year’, an ex-pupil Harvey Philips (15), was awarded ‘Disabled Sportsperson of the Year- recognising his achievements in swimming.

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