Golden award for sporting Stafford school

By James Vukmirovic | Stafford | Education | Published:

The sporting achievements of a Stafford school have been rewarded with a national award.

Presenting the School Games Gold award: School games organiser Susie Stinton, with pupils (left) Korey Gear, 10, and (right) Jubin Sherchan, at St John's Primary Academy, Stafford

St John's Primary Academy has been awarded gold for the School Games Mark, a government-led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

To secure the gold, the school had to fulfil a set criteria which included a minimum of two hours of physical education each week, participation in intra-school and inter-school competitions and involvement with Sport For All and Change4Life.

The school also enjoyed success at the Stafford games, where the school won the football gold and netball bronze.

The school was presented with the award by the head of School Games, Susie Stinton, at a special assembly at the school.

PE specialist Tracy Round said that sport was a fundamental part of school life, with healthy living and the promotion of mental wellbeing through sport core values of the school.

She said: "We're over the moon to have won the gold and it shows how hard staff and pupils worked to get the award.

"We believe that every child matters and it was wonderful to see so many children having already represented their school in inter-school competitions."

Tracy also said the next steps are for the school to keep the standard going and aim for the platinum award, which is awarded to schools achieving gold status over five years.

She said: "Across the board, we want to keep the standard going and use Key Stages one and two to ensure more children can represent the school.

"It's all about sport for all and being inclusive."

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at

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