Gayton Church of England Primary Academy awarded the afPE Quality Mark with distinction!

March 3, 2023

Gayton Church of England Primary Academy has been awarded the afPE Quality Mark with distinction, a prestigious award that evidences the strength and quality of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) in school.

The school began applying for the award in the summer term.  Gayton school emphasises the important of PE and sport wanting all the pupils to have the confidence and desire to participate in a range of physical activities not just in school but for the rest of their lives.

According to Association for Physical Fitness, ‘the afPE Quality Mark is a unique self-review and evaluation process that involves the completion of an application form as well as a school visit by one of afPE’s Validation Team of highly qualified school improvement professionals.’

The award recognises the outstanding work that is being undertaken on a daily basis.

A PE advisor from Cambridge visited our pupils at the school and he was impressed by the quality of teaching and the overwhelmingly positive attitudes of our pupils.

The advisor’s report said: “The enthusiasm and knowledge of the pupils was infectious in our group chat. The pride they have in telling me about PE was wonderful. They were able to confidently discuss what they had learned. They naturally spoke about the health benefits of PE, and how important it was to stretch their legs. They explained to me how kind and supportive the teachers are, and how they relish the opportunities to discuss and praise everyone’s contribution.”

Rachael Greenhalgh, Executive Head Teacher of Gayton Church of England Primary Academy said: “It was wonderful to have the final assessment in our beautiful new school.  Our main hall has the most magnificent gym equipment and the MUGA outside is a great place for the children to perfect their sporting skills.  A big thank you obviously needs to go to Mrs Jo Antliff for her passion and enthusiasm for delivering high quality PE to all of our pupils!”