THE quality and quantity of sporting provision at Highfields School in Matlock has been recognised at national level.
The Youth Sport Trust has presented the school with its gold standard award after a recent validation visit.
In going for gold partner status, the school had to carry out an intensive self-assessment of its sporting side before submitting the level it felt it should achieve to the trust.
A Youth Sport Trust representative then visited to see for themselves the sports provision offered before a final grading was confirmed and Highfields was delighted to reach gold standard.
Jayne Allen, the school sports co-ordinating officer at Highfields, explained: “We are delighted with this award as we have been working extremely hard over a number of years, both staff and pupils.
“We submitted our self-assessment slightly hesistantly hoping for the gold standard but when the Youth Sport Trust representative came to see us and saw all the things we do here – the Sports Ambassadors, the Voice of Sport group, our sports leadership programmes, the international project with the school in Australia, GetSet Network projects, Olympic and Paralympic projects, club links etc – and they saw how much was going on here and how we regularly like to ask the pupils what they would like to see us providing, sportswise, the assessor was obviously impressed and we were delighted to receive the gold award for what we do here.”