Staff and pupils at Kings Mill School in Driffield are celebrating after achieving the School Games Mark at platinum level – one of only a handful of special schools across the country to achieve the mark at its highest possible level.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Kings Mill School’s sporting achievements this year include every child in the school taking part and representing the school in competition or activity, with over 35 sporting events taking place, in addition to competitions within the school.
Teams have gone on to compete in regional and Yorkshire finals in athletics, cricket, boccia, table cricket, panathlon and rugby, and have qualified for national finals in table cricket and panathlon.
Andy Watts, sports co-ordinator at Kings Mill School, said: “With a total of 120 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
“As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year to the highest level.”
Andy, who is leaving the school at the end of the summer term after working there for over nine years, was awarded a Services to Sport Award by the Federation of Disability Organisations when Kings Mill won a School of the Year Award after being invited to be the Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion School for the Humber Region four years ago as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.
He said it has been ‘an honour and a privilege’ to have worked with the children at Kings Mill and seeing them develop, participate and achieve so much in sport.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “The School Games Mark is a recognition of schools which are providing young people with the opportunity to compete in sport and achieve their personal best, and I am delighted that Kings Mill School has achieved the award at its very highest level. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this fantastic achievement.”
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