Two Mile Ash School, part of the Inspiring Futures through Learning (IFtL) multi-academy trust, has been named Milton Keynes School Sports Partnership (MKSSP) Primary Sports School of the Year for 2023, together with Bushfield School.
The IFtL school’s nomination covered aspects including achieving the School Games Mark gold award, intra and inter school fixtures and competitions, broad range of extra-curricular and extended sports clubs, dedicated girls’ football programme, inclusive approaches to engage the least active children, work enabling transition through school life via PE and sport, and commitment to staff professional development in PE.
In choosing Two Mile Ash for the Primary Sports School of the Year award, MKSSP said the school had demonstrated “breadth and depth of offer and uptake”, and “good evidence for each criteria with great participation figures”. Separately, a Two Mile Ash pupil was awarded Sports Ambassador of the Year, another was named Sports Personality of the Year, and two pupils were nominated for active and sports leader awards.
Jake Saville, Head of PE & Enrichment Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to win the MKSSP Primary Sports School of the Year award, which is a reward for our team who put their heart and soul into giving 680 amazing children lessons and extracurricular activities that are the best they can be. Our aim is to engage every child, and ensure that our delivery of PE allows all pupils to leave Two Mile Ash with the capabilities to be successful in sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. This has been boosted by strong links with local clubs and partnerships to help pupils receive opportunities to access physical activity and competition, as well as strong parental support.”
Lucy Eldridge, Head of Two Mile Ash School, added: “We believe that PE, physical activity and school sport plays a vital part of school life and our children’s future health and wellbeing. It is important that our pupils understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle to prepare them for secondary school and later life. Our intent is to provide a broad and balanced PE curriculum that aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. As a school, we work incredibly hard to deliver a variety of experiences, and it is fantastic to be recognised for that with this award.”
Sarah Bennett, CEO of IFtL, commented: “I am thrilled for Two Mile Ash School, which has enjoyed a fantastic year of PE and school sport, and we are proud of all children and staff for their hard work and dedication. Over 150 events (school and house) were accessed by pupils in 2022-23, with 555 (83%) of pupils representing the school in a sport fixture and 491 (73%) representing their house in at least one sport competition. On top of this, many pupils have accessed regular sports clubs and practices during lunchtimes and after school. We have a strong desire for sport to take on an even more prominent role in the trust, in line with our vision to inspire the futures of all through learning together.”
The Milton Keynes Schools Sport Partnership works with and supports the school staff and pupils within the primary and secondary schools of Milton Keynes, to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in schools.