Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Kyleakin Primary School received a prestigious national award this year.

The school was awarded gold in the sportscotland School Sport Award, given for innovation and achievement in delivering school sport.

The award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them, providing opportunities for young people to progress.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “Congratulations to staff and pupils in the Highlands who are putting sport and physical education right at the heart of their school and local community. They should be proud of this fantastic achievement.

“Along with our partners, sportscotland is committed to building a world-class sporting system for everyone, and a crucial part of that is putting young people at the centre of our efforts. Working with local authorities and governing bodies of sport, we are creating closer links between physical education, school sport and club sport, which benefits young people by providing more and better opportunities to take part in sport.

“It’s great to be able to recognise more schools than we ever have before, it shows that pupils, staff and parents across the country see the undoubted value in having sport as a crucial part of school life.”

To achieve a bronze or silver sportscotland School Sport Award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

The on-line self-assessment tool supports schools to achieve this by helping them to reflect on their current practice and identify areas for improvement. It also puts the young people in the school at the forefront of the decision making and implementation processes around sport in their school.

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