Manor School Sports College in Raunds has been awarded the coveted School Games Gold Mark for 2014/15, one of only three secondary schools in the county.
The award is testament to the hard work and commitment of the school’s sport and creative studies department, supported by the school sport manager and school sport development officer based at Manor.
The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education.
It was created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and launched in June 2012.
There has been a large increase in successful applications this year, with a total of 125 awards across Northamptonshire and every secondary school in the area achieving the Mark for the first time.
The criteria are set by Sport England and the Youth Sports Trust to assess participation, competition, workforce and clubs.
The School Games Mark is an annual award and must be reapplied for each year.
School sport manager Hannah Hore said: “Manor School provides excellent opportunities for students across physical education, school sport and competition all year round.
“A number of highlights for 2014/15 include 64 per cent of students engaging in extracurricular sports clubs as well as the wide range of sports teams taking part in Inter-School (Level 2) competitions which totalled 12 different sports last year.
“The School Sport Organising Committee has already made an impact implementing a range of new ideas from a survey of students to supporting the creation of new intra-school competitions for Year 7.
“A focus for this year will be developing the leadership pathway for Year 7 students and raising the profile of the School Games higher across the school, with new cultural and cross-curricular competitions.”
For further information about the School Games and School Games Mark, visit www.yourschoolgames.com.