Warley school scores top award for Outstanding sports provision
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 November 2019
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A Warley primary school fought off tough competition from schools around the UK to win an award for its outstanding sports provision.
Woodlands School in Warley Street won a sports award in the 2019 Independent Schools Association (ISA) awards at a glittering ceremony hosted by Olympian Derek Redmond in Leeds.
The ISA judges were looking for schools that could show they had an outstanding sports provision in relation to opportunities offered to pupils such as partnership work with state schools and the wider community.
This latest result marks the culmination of seven years work for the head of PE, Madeline Raymond.
She said: "The benefits of our sports and healthy lifestyle programme are immense.
"At a time when more and more children seem to be leading sedentary lifestyles, our focus on daily movement, partnerships and healthy diet for all are paying real dividends."
The sports department at the independent Woodlands Preparatory School, which takes boys and girls from three to 11, has an onsite nursery and was shortlisted for the award last year after wowing the judges with their work promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.
David Bell, headmaster at Woodlands Prep, added: "I am so proud of the exceptional skill and hard work our PE department and pupils have shown to be acknowledged with this prestigious award.
"This year alone we have witnessed our children go on to achieve exceptional successes including representing the school in national competitions such as swimming at the Olympic Pool in Stratford, whilst our youngest children are encouraged to make healthy food choices through our Eat the Rainbow programme."