Merton’s schools keep 2012 sporting legacy alive

Fifty Merton schools have been awarded the ‘Merton School Sport Mark 2013’ for providing excellent physical education and sporting opportunities for their pupils following a survey as part of Merton School Sport Partnership’s 2012 legacy.

The partnership saw its first Merton School Sport Mark survey published in November which gave Hatfeild, Hollymount, Malmesbury, St Matthew’s and St Teresa’s Primary Schools, Cricket Green Special School, Ursuline High School and Harris Academy Merton a gold accolade. The survey is part of the partnership’s 2012 legacy to encourage sporting opportunities in Merton schools. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze standards based on their achievements and all schools received a certificate plus recognition for their award from the partnership.

Awarding schools for their provision of sporting and PE opportunities, the Merton School Sport Mark survey looked at schools’ sporting activities which took place throughout the 2011/2012 academic year, entries into interschool competitions and fixtures and sports training provided for school staff. The results showed that the majority of schools in Merton offer at least two PE lessons a week and provide interschool competitions that are accessible to all of their pupils.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘After such a fantastic Summer of sport in the borough, along with the legacy of the Olympics, I’m glad to see the Merton School Sport Partnership are putting exercise and sport at the heart of the school curriculum and giving young people those sporting opportunities. Congratulations to all the schools who received an award.’

Merton School Sport Partnership Director, Nicola Ryan said: ‘It’s great to see schools in Merton reaching the high sporting and exercise standards that our partnership encourages. Although our schools always provide great sporting opportunities, this survey is a good way to monitor the schools’ progress and ensure that pupils in Merton are getting a high standard of physical education.’