Oundle Primary School sprints to sporting success

Sports teacher Michael Ncyzka, headteacher Janet McMurdo and chair of governors Gordon Montgomery

Sports teacher Michael Ncyzka, headteacher Janet McMurdo and chair of governors Gordon Montgomery

Oundle Church of England Primary School is celebrating after winning the prestigious Northamptonshire Sports Premium Award at a recent prize ceremony.

The school was singled out by the judges for demonstrating exactly how sports premium money has affected teaching and learning beneficially and, specifically, proving that PE and sport is successfully embedded in the curriculum and the ethos of the school.

Oundle Primary secured the award whilst they were also finalists in the overall Northamptonshire Sports School of the Year category.

Strong commitment by teachers assisted by coaches from outside agencies, including Peterborough Football Club, ensured that 77 per cent of Key Stage Two children and as many as 90 per cent of pupils supported by sports premium took part in active or healthy after-school clubs.

Peterborough United was so impressed with Oundle Primary’s efforts, it reported this to football’s Premier League, which responded by supplying brand new sports kit.

“This is a ringing endorsement of our sports and PE strategy and once again our lovely children have done us proud by throwing themselves into curricular and extra-curricular activities”, said head teacher Mrs Janet McMurdo. “Being recognised for our efforts, both nationally and locally, is reward for them and for our dedicated staff and partners.”

Teacher Michael Nyczka, who has spearheaded the school’s winning campaign, said: “This has been five or six years in the making and is the result of some very hard work. Sports premium funding is vital in order to give some of the children a better chance in PE and sport and I guess we have used that opportunity to the full.”

Hannah Wakeford
December 2018