Students and staff at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy are celebrating the school's latest accomplishment.
It has been awarded the prestigious national School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme which recognises and rewards schools that have consistently demonstrated engagement in physical activity against a national benchmark.
Facilitated by the Youth Sports Trust, it celebrates keeping young people active, and is awarded to schools that can show both strength and breadth of sports activities provided to students and the actual uptake by students themselves.
In order to be awarded a School Games Mark, a school must demonstrate that a large proportion of students are engaged in sporting activity, that a wide range of sports are played and that the school takes part in competitions.
Successful schools must also show that students are involved in leadership activities, and that the schools have links with local sports clubs.
Charlie L'Anson, head of physical education at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, said: “We believe that sport is a powerful tool in introducing young people to new experiences, whether that’s playing a new sport or developing leadership skills. It helps build confidence, teamwork and commitment to improvement through hard work.
“I want to thank all my hardworking colleagues for going above and beyond in their mission to introduce sport into as many young people’s lives as possible, and we’re hugely impressed by our students, who have put in so much effort on the field and off to help us get this Gold award.”
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s PE department ran a total of 204 fixtures and events over the academic year, and the school runs 93 clubs involving various physical activities and sports such as dodgeball, mixed hockey, athletics, football and netball.
Headteacher Anita Ellis said: “It’s an accolade to be given a School Games Mark award, as it involves so much dedication from staff who give their free time to the competitions and clubs, as well as enthusiasm and commitment from the students themselves.
“But to get a Gold award is genuinely fantastic. We are so proud of all the hard work that has gone into this year, and I’m very pleased that the School Games scheme enables us to encourage young people who may never have been interested in sport find something that they enjoy and excites them.
"At Royal Wootton Bassett Academy we believe that everyone has a talent – they just sometimes need support to discover what that talent is.”