Friday, 29 January 2010

A sporting bid

Aiming to become a Specialist Sports College
Old Buckenham High School is launching a bid to secure Specialist Sports Status from September 2010.
Headteacher Peter Whear said he was delighted to be making this announcement. Sport is central to the school’s ethos and GCSE results in PE are consistently good with the quality of teaching and learning being excellent. Above all, the students enjoy and excel at the subject. It is a healthy school with a focus on fitness, an active lifestyle and general well-being - a message that they hope to spread more widely.
The school’s motto is “Achieving Excellence Together” and sport will be the driving force behind this “personal best” culture. The sports teams are very successful in fixtures with other schools and there is a flourishing inter-house sports competition. The proposed specialism will also give a new focus to the existing collaboration with the local Primary School cluster.
The headteacher admits that the existing facilities need modernising - everyone associated with the school recognises this. The students deserve something special and the additional funding from the specialism will go some way towards improving the quality of the buildings.
The Chair of Governors, Martin Ungless, says that this is very exciting news for Old Buckenham and that the Governing Body is fully behind the bid. He feels that the students are capable of wonderful things because, amongst other things, the GCSE results have been improving rapidly over the past three years. A specialism in sport will now put Old Buckenham High School firmly at the heart of the local community.

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