Many of our schools were among those awarded at this year’s Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards earlier this month.
Schools play an important part in inspiring a generation in sports and culture, giving pupils opportunities to try new things and get involved.
Here are the schools which were recognised for their particular achievements this year:
School Cultural Educational Achievement of the Year
Winner – Kirkby Collborative of Schools
The Kirkby Collaborative is made up of 12 primary schools, two secondary schools and one special school in the north of Knowsley. As the Collaborative Development Manager, Steve Dixon has been the creative force behind a strong relationship between the town’s schools and Knowsley Culture Education Hub. As a result, the schools have placed Kirkby gallery at the heart of their creative curriculum.
The Gallery’s current exhibition ‘Drawn from Life’, featuring pieces on loan from the Arts Council Collection, will be seen by more than 1,000 school children from across the borough. Steve has been pivotal in raising the profile of arts in education and has really helped put Knowsley on the cultural education map, with the Arts Council seeing this creative collaboration as a model of good practice.
Congratulations also to:
Second place – Northwood Primary School, Kirkby
Third place St Mary and St Paul’s C of E Primary, Prescot
School Sports Team Achievement of the Year
Winner – Park Brow Primary School
The school was recognised for its commitment to giving as many pupils as possible the opportunity to take part in sport – having entered 300 children into 32 sports competitions recently. In doing so, Park Brow had success in many different sports, including football, boccia, new age curling and high 5 as well as individual winners in cross country. Judges praised the ethos of the school which is about raising opportunity for participation regardless of winning.
Congratulations also go to:
Second place – Ravenscroft Athletics Team
Ravenscroft Athletics team entered and won the Knowsley Quad Kids competition in the summer term, coming first out of nine schools. Following their success in Knowsley, they went on to the Merseyside School Games to present the borough. All of the team performed with outstanding effort and were crowned Merseyside champions finishing ahead of the representative schools from the other Merseyside boroughs. Ravenscroft finished the year as both Knowsley and Merseyside champions too.
School Games Mark winners
The School Games Mark is a Government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and in the community.
This year there has been a large increase in the number of Knowsley schools achieving the award, especially at the Gold standard.
At the Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards, the following schools received the mark:
Bronze Awards went to:
- Kirkby C of E Primary School
- Knowsley Lane Primary School
- Plantation Primary School
- Ravenscroft Community Primary School
- St Gabriel’s C of E Primary School
- St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
- St Leo’s and Southmead Catholic Primary School
- St Luke’s Catholic Primary School Whiston Willis Community Primary School
- Yew Tree Community Primary School
Silver Awards went to:
- Halsnead Community Primary School
- Northwood Community Primary School
- Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
- St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School
- The Sylvester Primary School
Gold Awards went to:
- Alt Bridge School
- Bluebell Park School
- Cronton C of E Primary School
- Eastcroft Park School
- Halewood C of E Primary School
- Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Halewood
- Knowsley Central School
- Malvern Primary School
- Park Brow Community Primary School
- Prescot Primary School
- St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School
- St Aloysius Catholic Primary School
- St Columba’s Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School
- St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School
- St Mark’s Catholic Primary School
- St Albert’s Catholic Primary School