The pupils at Batheaston Church School children are delighted to be awarded the Gold Schools Games Mark award for sporting excellence. 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 into the community.

“Batheaston Church School believes it has an important role in keeping children as active and fit as possible,” commented head teacher Sally Jefferies. “To this end, we take up every opportunity that we can to provide sporting experiences for the children and, utilising our wonderful grounds, to enhance the their physical activities all year round.”

The school is part of an active cluster of local schools which has committed themselves to providing the children with opportunities to attend sporting festivals, such as rugby, cross country, tagtails and football throughout the year. In addition, the school has improved its extra-curricular activities, including increasing the number of lunchtime and after school clubs.

“The school also believes in delivering more than the traditional games already undertaken by active children,” explained Sports Leader Jenny Enstone. “We strive to reach out to less active pupils, providing tailor made activities that meet their needs and interests to improve health, fitness and wellbeing.”

Batheaston Church School has used its love of sport and physical activity to raise a significant amount of money for charity, including holding an annual ‘Race For Life’ event, which is now a popular and firm fixture in the school calendar.